Federally-Recognized Tribes Extension Program

The Federally-Recognized Tribes Extension Program (FRTEP) funds Extension programs on American Indian Reservations and Tribal jurisdictions that address the unique needs and problems of American Indian Tribal Nations. FRTEP is the link to building Indian community capacity through 4-H and tribal youth development, agriculture and natural resource management, and entrepreneurship and business development. This competitive grant program seeks to provide education and research-based knowledge to those who might not otherwise receive it.

FRTEP is a non-formal, knowledge-based educational program steeped in the philosophy established in the Smith-Lever Act of 1914. Outreach is conducted by Extension Educators of 1862 and 1890 Land-Grant Institutions who live and work in Indian communities alongside tribal government officials and often with 1994 Land-Grant Extension personnel.

Funding priorities

FRTEP programs are developed through local needs and objectives, reaching an underserved audience often overlooked by broader Extension efforts. FRTEP is often the key to leveraging additional development resources to reach those communities and individuals in most need.

The priority areas of the FRTEP Program:

  1. Tribal Youth and 4-H
  2. Indian farmer and rancher productivity and management
  3. Indian Community development around economic and workforce enhancement
  4. Indigenous food systems for food security, food safety and obesity reduction
  5. Natural resource conservation and bio-energy development
  6. Adaptation to climate change
  7. American Indian cultural and linguistic preservation


Applications may be submitted by 1862 and 1890 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 www.Grants.gov (link is external).

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.

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