Dreamstarter Teacher was originally launched in 2017 as another way to support the dreams of Native youth: awarding individual teachers small grants to meet the unmet classroom needs of their Native students.

Now, we’re inviting school administrators, teachers, or other educators to apply in partnership with their schools or school districts to receive up to $5,000 to make an even bigger impact in the lives of their Native students! With a Dreamstarter Teacher grant, educators can make lasting positive changes in Native communities.”

Applications are open on May 31, 2022, and are due on July 29, 2022, at 11:59 pm EST.

  • Native or non-Native school administrators, teachers, or support staff (for example, librarians, school social workers, guidance counselors) who teach or support Native students are eligible to apply.
  • Schools may be located on federally or state-recognized Indian reservations, Rancherias, Pueblos, communities, or in Alaska Native villages or in urban areas in the United States.
  • Students are defined as preschool/Head Start, elementary, secondary, and college students.
  • Schools and classes do not need to be 100% Native to be eligible but the majority of students served by the Dreamstarter Teacher grant must be Native American.
  • Supporting student enrichment programs (after-school programs, school clubs, etc.)
  • Piloting new programs or activities for schools and students
  • Procurement of supplies, teaching materials, and equipment for schools
  • Field trips or school events
  • No grant monies may be used for indirect expenses; 100% of the proposed budget must be direct program expenses.

Weight is given to unique, sustainable projects. Have a need that you aren’t sure is eligible? Email us at Dreamstarter@IndianYouth.org.