Native American Economic Development Assistance

To fund economic development projects that will provide small business opportunities and empower American Indians, Native Alaskans and Native Hawaiian entrepreneurs located in disadvantaged and under-served Indian reservations and tribal areas within the U.S.

Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency
Agency: Small Business Administration
Types of Assistance
Advisory Services and Counseling
Uses and Use Restrictions
The projects must have the ability to provide increased entrepreneurial development opportunities for Native Americans, serve as effective models to address the issue of access to SBA information and resources, and have the potential to become best practices for implementation by other entities around the country. Program initiatives must assist small businesses in tribal areas on the basis of need, realizing that not all Native American tribes, particularly those in remote areas experiencing severe economic hardship, may be aware of this and other SBA programs. Projects must also include a strong outreach component to ensure that underserved Native American tribes have the opportunity to participate in the program.
Small Business Act of 1953, Public Law 108-447.
Eligibility Requirements
Applicant Eligibility
Organizations must have experience in effectively training, counseling, developing and measuring small business development in Indian Country.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Native American entrepreneurs who are starting their own business or expanding their existing business.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
Application and Award Process
Preapplication Coordination
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. Proposals are accepted per an annual Request for Proposal advertised in the Federal Register.
Award Procedure
On a project by project basis, proposals of eligible applicants are evaluated by a review panel. The SBA/Office of Procurement and Grants Management issues an award to each approved applicant.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Within 120 days from filing deadline.
Additional information available on SBA's website at
On a case by case need basis, as determined by the contracting officer and the program office.
Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The performance period varies based upon the accepted proposals. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Additional information available on SBA's website at
Post Assistance Requirements
Information available at See information at Information available at See information at Additional information available at
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. See information at
The awardee shall maintain and submit detailed, complete and accurate client activity records to reflect clearly the nature and variety of services provided. Financial records must be kept until 3 years after the completion and submission of the final report.
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: See information at Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Advisory Services and Counseling) FY 14 $1,859,000; FY 15 est $2,000,000; and FY 16 est $2,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Contact the Small Business Administration for more information. OMB Circulars A-110, A-122, A-21, A-133.
Information Contacts
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Appendix IV of the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance under Small Business Administration.
Headquarters Office
Christopher James 409 3rd St., SW
8th Floor, Washington, District of Columbia 20416 Email: Phone: 202-619-0621
Website Address
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
Not Applicable.
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