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Federally-Recognized Tribes Extension Program

The purpose and intent of this program is to establish an Extension presence and support Extension outreach on Federally Recognized Indian Reservations and Tribal jurisdictions of Federally Recognized Tribes. This program seeks to continue the Land-Grant mission of providing education and research-based knowledge to those who might not otherwise receive it.

Funding priorities

Priority will be given to projects that have been funded by FRTEP in the past to ensure continuity of service to Tribal and reservation communities if they are deemed to have merit by the review panel.

The priority areas of the FRTEP Program:

  1. Positive youth development programs, including 4-H for tribal youth
  2. Native Farmer and Rancher Productivity and Management
  3. Native Community Development:
    • Economic and Workforce Development
    • Food Systems, Farm and Community Markets, and Food Sovereignty
    • Natural Resource Conservation and Adaptation to Environmental Changes
    • Human Nutrition and Reduction of Childhood and Adolescent Obesity
    • Native Language and Culture Preservation
    • Traditional Ecological Knowledge sharing and learning, or knowledge held by indigenous cultures about the environment or cultural practices. 


Applications may be submitted by 1862, 1890, and 1994 Land-Grant Institutions.

The Awards Process

FRTEP is a competitive, four-year continuation grant opportunity. Awards will be made through a competitive, peer-reviewed process administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Award amounts will vary and are contingent upon annual Congressional Appropriations.

The RFA will be posted online as soon as it's available. All applications for funding must be submitted electronically through

Reviewers from universities, government, community-based organizations, for-profit and non-profit organizations and the farming community will provide peer assessment as well as recommend applications for funding.

Program Specialists

Program type
Grant Program
Program Specific Resources
FRTEP MOU template.doc (doc - 32 KB)

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