NIFA announces federally recognized tribes Extension program funding opportunity



CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE: This program is listed in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance under 10.500.

DATES: Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on April 26, 2017. Applications received after this deadline will normally not be considered for funding (see Part IV, C of this RFA). Comments regarding this request for applications (RFA) are requested within six months from the issuance of this notice. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

STAKEHOLDER INPUT: We at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) seek your comments about this RFA. We will consider your comments when we develop the next RFA for the program, if applicable, and we’ll use them to meet the requirements of section 103(c)(2) of the Agricultural Research, Extension, and Education Reform Act of 1998 (7 U.S.C. 7613(c)(2)). Submit your written stakeholder comments by the deadline set forth in the DATES portion of this notice via email to (This email address is only for receiving comments regarding this RFA and not for requesting information or forms.) In your comments, please state that you are responding to the Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program RFA.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: NIFA requests applications for the Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP) for fiscal year (FY) 2017. The anticipated amount available for grants in FY 2017 is approximately $2.9 million. This RFA is being released prior to the passage of an appropriations act for FY 2017. Enactment of additional continuing resolutions or an appropriations act may affect the availability or level of funding for this program. The intent and mission of this competitive grant program is to establish:

1) An Extension presence to promote equity in access to Extension outreach; 2) To provide resources to address long-standing need among Federally Recognized Tribes.

This program seeks to continue the Land Grants mission of inclusion–providing education and research-based knowledge to those who might not otherwise receive it.

This notice identifies the objectives for FRTEP projects, deadline dates, funding information, eligibility criteria for projects and applicants, and application forms and associated instructions needed to apply for a FRTEP grant.

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