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U.S. Department of the Interior

U.S. Department of the Interior

The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) protects America’s natural resources and heritage, honors all cultures and tribal communities, and supplies the energy to power the country’s future. DOI also houses the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), the National Parks Service (NPS), and the Office of Youth, Partnerships, and Service.

Funding Opportunities

DOI funding opportunities
The U.S. Department of the Interior uses sound science to manage and sustain America's lands, water, wildlife, and energy resources, while honoring our nation's responsibilities to tribal nations and advocating for America's island communities.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service funding opportunities
The Fish and Wildlife Service administers a variety of financial assistance programs that award grants and cooperative agreements to commercial organizations, foreign entities, Indian tribal governments, individuals, institutions of higher education, non-profit organizations, and state and local governments.

BIE — American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funding opportunities
Education funds provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provide a unique opportunity to jump start school reform and improvement efforts while also saving and creating jobs and stimulating the economy. These one-time resources should be spent in ways most likely to lead to improved results for students, long-term gains in school and school system capacity, and increased productivity and effectiveness. This webpage provides additional information on funding opportunities through the ARRA.

NPS funding opportunities
The National Parks Service provides funding opportunities for recreation and conservation to enhance access to parks, trails, rivers, and other special places; as well as funding opportunities for historic preservation to ensure our diverse heritage and historic treasures remain an integral and relevant part of our present through a variety of historic preservation programs.

Selected Programs and Initiatives

  • Academic Achievement Programs help schools and school support services meet the education needs of low-achieving children in the Bureau of Indian Educations' persistently lowest achieving schools.
  • 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) is a national collaborative effort to put America’s youth and veterans to work protecting, restoring, and enhancing America’s natural and cultural resources.
  • Primary and Secondary Schools oversees 183 elementary and secondary schools, located on 64 reservations in 23 states. Of these, 59 are Bureau of Indian Education-operated, and 124 are tribally-operated under BIE contracts or grants. BIE also funds or operates off-reservation boarding schools and peripheral dormitories near reservations for students attending public schools.
  • Corps Network — formerly the National Association for Service and Corps — provides opportunities for young adults from diverse backgrounds to work on conservation projects such as maintenance and construction, habitat management, and visitor services. Corps members learn about potential career pathways and enjoy mentoring, training, and leadership development opportunities.
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internships are designed to link students at Historically Black Institutions to National Parks Service sites and units to instill a better understanding and appreciation of the important role African Americans played in the development and progress of the country.
  • Jobs for Students provides opportunities for high school, college, and graduate school students to work with the National Park Service.
  • Mosaics in Science Internship Program provides youth who are typically under-represented in science career fields with on-the-ground, science-based, work experience in the National Park System. The program allows youth ages 17-25 to work on inventory and monitoring, research, GIS, and interpretation and education projects and then present the results of their work at the career workshop — held in Washington DC — and apply for and obtain a federal job.
  • NPS Academy is a week-long, alternative spring break program for college students designed to engage youth with the great outdoors and help prepare the next generation of natural resource professionals.
  • Public Land Corps allows youth ages 16-25 to help restore, protect, and rehabilitate national parks through work projects, while learning about environmental issues and the national parks. Individuals are recruited and supervised by a nonprofit partner of the National Park Service.
  • Programs for Boy Scouts allow Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts, and Boy Scouts ages 7-18 become a Scout Ranger and earn a patch, receive an Eagle Scout certificate of recognition, and explore activities at national parks exclusively for Scouts.
  • Programs for Girl Scouts allow Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors ages 5-18 become a Girl Scout Ranger and earn a patch, receive a Gold Award certificate of recognition, and participate in the Girl Scouts Journey program.
  • Supplemental Title Programs collectively provide a comprehensive education program, which supplements regular classroom instruction provided in Bureau of Indian Education-funded schools.
  • Youth Conservation Corps allows youth ages 15-18 to work in this 8-10 week summer program to protect the natural, cultural, and historical resources of national parks across the country through rewarding work projects.

Clearinghouses and Technical Assistance

  • Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Online Training Courses is a series of staff development online courses covering topics related to school safety, security, and substance abuse prevention.
  • Education Resources provides training and resources to approximately 3,800 contract educators at Bureau of Indian Education-funded schools across 23 states.
  • Family and Child Education (FACE) is a family literacy program integrating language and culture in the home and school setting. FACE is an integrated model for an early childhood/parental involvement program for American Indian families in Bureau of Indian Education-funded schools.
  • Residential Education Placement Program (REPP) supports the Bureau of Indian Education-funded schools for students who require 24/7 residential treatment services. REPP provides technical assistance on all referrals to and placements made at residential programs, which consist of residential treatment centers and comprehensive care and education-focused programs, behavioral health care, etc. REPP also assists schools with the referral and placement process (including identifying resources) for students in need of residential programming.
  • Safe and Secure Schools and SCAN provides anti-bullying guidance, safe and drug-free school resources, Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) policies and health assessments, and SCAN Reporting Protocol to BIE-funded schools throughout the country.
  • Special Education provides Bureau of Indian Education-funded schools resources to follow the guidelines provided by the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, a federal grant program designed to improve educational opportunities for children with disabilities.
  • Student Financial Assistance provides scholarships, fellowships, internships, and other educational financial assistance resources for students in Bureau of Indian Education-funded schools.