NPM seeks an experienced Federal Grant writer/consultant to develop a proposal for submission to the Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program (BTOP) administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. BTOP GRANT PROPOSAL DUE BETWEEN: February 15 and March 15, 2010.

Native Public Media:

Mission: Strengthening and expanding the voice of Native America.

Native Public Media promotes healthy, engaged, independent Native communities by strengthening and expanding Native American media capacity and by empowering a strong, proud Native American Voice.


The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program (BTOP), administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, will allocate more than $7 billion dollars by September 30, 2010 for broadband projects serving communities in the United States.

General Scope of Work

The proposal will delineate NPM’s Digital Literacy and Community Collaboration Project (working title), the goals of which are to increase the digital literacy skills of Tribal members and prepare a digital workforce of the future by implementing a multimedia certification program for identified Tribal anchor institutions, primarily Native American public radio stations. The project design may be subject to change based upon due diligence and consultation with consultants.

Tasks and Deliverables:

  • Develop, write and submit a BTOP grant proposal for the Digital Literacy and Community Collaboration Project; the consultant will adhere to all federal requirements and guidelines for BTOP funding program.
  • Work in collaboration with NPM staff to develop the NPM Digital Literacy Program, budget and business plan;
  • Conduct the research and due diligence necessary to prepare and submit a competitive BTOP proposal; effectively apply federal grant guidelines and reinforce BTOP proposal requirements with data and supporting documents.
  • Help identify necessary resources and matching funds for the project

Additional activities may include:

  • Create a schedule of activities and benchmarks for developing the NPM Digital Literacy Program and BTOP proposal; revise as appropriate to meet changing needs and requirements.
  • Work with the Project Lead in determining and assigning responsibilities to staff for project due diligence.
  • Effectively apply federal guidelines and reinforce project requirements with data and other supporting documents; ensure proposal documents are complete, current, and meet federal requirements/criteria.
  • Analyze project sustainability, revenue, and utilization of service, among other factors regarding the project’s success.

Other Skills and Actions Required:

  • Experienced Federal Grant Writer
  • Understands Tribal histories and telecommunication needs
  • Familiarity with Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program
  • Understands revenue models, P/L, and cost-to-completion projections and makes decisions accordingly.
  • Accurately forecasts revenue, project sustainability, utilization of service.
  • Identifies business development opportunities as they relate to the project.
  • Leads proposal efforts including completing project scoping and meeting of federal requirements/criteria.
  • Effectively conveys our message in writing and verbally
  • Effectively communicates relevant project information to supervisor.
  • Delivers well-organized presentations.
  • Has awareness of new and emerging technologies and the potential application on the project.
  • Identifies opportunities for improvement and makes constructive suggestions for change.

How to Submit a Proposal:

  1. A brief proposal describing your qualifications (or the qualifications of the team of consultants), how the tasks described above would be carried out and the timeline.
  2. A statement of fees to be charged and an estimate of expenses that could be incurred.
  3. Resumes of all consultants involved in the project.
  4. Names, phone numbers and contact people of at least three nonprofit organizations who have been your clients during the last 18 months, whom we can call as references

Finalists will be determined based upon the bid and timeline. Finalists will be notified by February 3, 2010 and interviews conducted via conference call on February 4 and/or 5 2010 unless otherwise notified.

Deadline to respond to RFP: January 29, 2010
Project Start Date:  February 8, 2010

GRANT PROPOSAL DUE BETWEEN: February 15 and March 15
Project End Date: March 31, 2010
Reports to the NPM Policy and Program Analysis

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Traci L Morris


Published by Traci L. Morris

Dr. Morris, the Director of the American Indian Policy Institute at Arizona State University is a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. Under her leadership, the AIPI has grown and diversified its service to Indian Country via an MOU formalizing a long-standing partnership with the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) and forming the Tribal Economic Leadership Program offering training in Tribal Economic Governance and Tribal Financial Management; access to Entrepreneurship training and tribal business support through Inno-Nations; and Economic Development Consulting; and, the formalization of the Institute via by-laws and an advisory board comprised of both internal ASU leadership and external tribal and non-tribal leadership. In her work at both ASU and prior, Morris has worked with Native American tribes; Tribal businesses; Native American non-profits; Native media makers, artists, and galleries; written a college-accredited curriculum in Native American new media; and has advocated for digital inclusion at the Federal Communications Commission and on Capitol Hill. Morris’s research and publications on Native American media and the digital divide is focused on Internet use, digital inclusion, network neutrality, digital and new media curriculums, digital inclusion and development of broadband networks in Indian Country. Her book, Native American Voices: A Reader, continues to be a primary teaching tool in colleges throughout the country. Dr. Morris is Affiliated Faculty at ASU's School for the Future of Innovation in Society, an Affiliate of ASU's Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology, a Senior Sustainability Scholar at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, President of the Board of the Phoenix Indian Center, Board member of the Arizona American Indian Chamber of Commerce, and on the Advisory Council of the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums. Formerly, Morris served member of the Advisory Board for the Department of Labor's Native American Employment and Training Council and served a two-year appointment (2014-2016 and 2010-2012) on the Federal Communications Commission's Consumer Advisory Committee. As an entrepreneur prior to her ASU appointment, Morris founded Homahota Consulting LLC, a national Native American woman-owned professional services firm working in policy analysis, telecommunications, education, and research assisting tribes in their nation-building efforts and working with Native Nations, tribal businesses and those businesses working with tribes. Morris has an M. A. and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona’s American Indian Studies, in addition to a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Colorado State University.

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