Native American Programs


The purpose of the Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS) program is to promote economic and social self-sufficiency for American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native American Pacific Islanders from American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The SEDS program supports the principle that social and economic development are interrelated and essential for the development of thriving Native communities. The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) is interested in supporting community-driven projects designed to grow local economies, increase the capacity of tribal governments, strengthen families, preserve Native cultures, and increase self-sufficiency and community well-being. ANA may use the SEDS program for special initiatives to meet emerging needs in Native communities. Over the past five years, special SEDS initiatives included: Social and Economic Development Strategies for Alaska (SEDS-AK), Native Asset Building Initiative (NABI), Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD), and Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies Initiative (SEEDS). ANA funding is meant for projects that identify direct, measurable outcomes which will be achieved within the proposed project period.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Administration For Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 It is anticipated that 110 grants will be awarded in FY 16 for the same program areas including the Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment and Development( I-LEAD) program. 115 new and continuing grants were awarded in FY 16 for the program areas including Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS), Social and Economic Development Strategies – Alaska (SEDS-AK), Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS), Native Asset Building Initiative, and Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment and Development (I-LEAD).
Fiscal Year 2017 It is anticipated that 113 new and continuing grants will be awarded in FY 17 for the program areas including Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS), Social and Economic Development Strategies – Alaska (SEDS-AK), Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS), the Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment and Development (I-LEAD) program, and Native Asset-Building Initiative (NABI).
Fiscal Year 2018 SEDS: 33 Continuations and 27 New Awards, SEDS-AK: 8 Continuations and 3 New Awards, SEEDS-26 Continuations, ILEAD: 13 Continuations and 11 New Awards, NABI: 4 Continuations
Fiscal Year 2019 It is anticipated that new and continuing grants for FY19 will be awarded for the following: SEDS: 39 Continuations and 25 New Awards, SEDS-AK 4 Continuations and 4 New Awards, SEEDS: 9 Continuations SEEDS, ILEAD: 24 Continuations ILEAD, NABI: 2 Continuations
Fiscal Year 2020 No Current Data Available.
Native American Programs Act of 1974 (NAPA), as amended, Title VIII, Section 803(a), Public Law 102-375, 42 U.S.C. 2991b.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Federally-recognized Indian Tribes, as recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs; Incorporated non-federally recognized Tribes; Incorporated state-recognized Indian Tribes; Consortia of Indian Tribes; Incorporated nonprofit multi-purpose community-based Indian organizations; Urban Indian Centers; Alaska Native villages as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANSCA) and/or nonprofit village consortia; Nonprofit native organizations in Alaska with village specific projects; Incorporated non-profit Alaska Native multi-purpose, community-based organizations; Non-profit Alaska Native Regional Corporations/Associations in Alaska with village-specific projects; Non-profit Alaska Native community entities or tribal governing bodies (Indian Reorganization Act) as recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs; Public and nonprofit private agencies serving Native Hawaiians; National or regional incorporated nonprofit Native American organizations with Native American community-specific objectives; Public and nonprofit private agencies serving native peoples from Guam, American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; Tribal Colleges and Universities, and colleges and universities located in Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands which serve Native American Pacific Islanders are eligible for funding.
Beneficiary Eligibility
American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native American Pacific Islanders will benefit.
Non-profit organizations must submit proof of non-profit status. For applicants that are not Tribes or Native Alaska villages, organizations applying for funding must show that a majority of board members are representative of a Native American community to be served. Applicants must submit documentation that identifies each board member by name and indicates his/her affiliation or relationship to at least one of ANA's three categories of community representation, which include: (1) members of federally or state-recognized tribes; (2) persons who are recognized by members of the eligible Native American community to be served as having a cultural relationship with that community; or (3) persons considered to be Native American as defined in 45 CFR SS 1336.10 and Native American Pacific Islanders as defined in Section 815 of the Native American Programs Act. Applicants that do not include this documentation will be considered non-responsive, and the application will not be considered for competition. 45 CFR Part 75, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. ACF requires electronic submission of applications at Paper applications received from applicants that have not been approved for an exemption from required electronic submission will be disqualified from competitive review Applicants that do not have an Internet connection or sufficient computing capacity to upload large documents to the Internet may contact ACF for an exemption that will allow the applicant to submit applications in paper format. See Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for detailed information.
Award Procedure
Applications competing for financial assistance will be reviewed and evaluated by objective review panels composed of experts with knowledge and experience in the area under review. Generally, review panels include three reviewers and one chairperson. Results of the competitive objective review are taken into consideration by ACF in the selection of projects for funding; however, objective review scores and rankings are not binding. Scores and ranking are only one element used in the award decision-making process. ANA's staff will perform an internal review and analysis of the applications ranked highest as a result of the panel's review and scoring. This internal review is used to determine the application's consistency with the purposes of the Native American Programs Act (NAPA), all relevant statutory and regulatory requirements, and the requirements of the relevant FOA. ANA's Commissioner has discretion to make all final funding and award decisions.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days. Applicants will receive notice of approval/disapproval approximately 120 days after receipt of application.
Appeals are only available for unsuccessful applicants upon a finding of ineligibility for funding and are subject to ANA regulations at 45 CFR 1336.35. For existing recipients, appeals in regards to disputes may take place in accordance with 45 CFR Part 16, subject to the limitations of the Appendix A.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Specific criteria for selecting proposals for funding are stated in each FOA. In general, proposals are judged on the basis of relevance to program objectives as stated in the FOA, project strategy, community support in project design and implementation, reasonable cost estimates, and qualifications of applicant organization and personnel.
How may assistance be used?
Grant funding may be used for such purposes as: (1) Social Development-Projects that develop and implement culturally appropriate strategies to meet the social service needs of Native Americans, foster the well-being of Native youth, promote family preservation and responsible parenting, and reconnecting with traditional healing; (2) Economic Development-Projects that promote the creation of a sustainable local economy; (3) Governance- which is defined as increasing the ability of tribal and Alaska Native village governments to exercise local control and decision-making, and to develop and enforce laws, regulations, codes, and policies that reflect and promote the interests of community members.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: ANA grantees are required to report project progress semi-annually using the Objective Progress Report (OPR) (OMB No. 0970-0452, expiration date 12/31/2020). Grantees will also be required to submit an Annual Data Report (ADR) (OMB No. 0970-0475, expiration date 02/28/2022) to report project data once a year and at the end of the project period. ANA reviews grantee semiannual and annual reports to determine whether the grantee is meeting its project goal and objectives and completing activities identified in the Objective Work Plan (OWP) as well as to evaluate project effectiveness. If progress concerns are identified, ANA may require quarterly reports. In addition, ANA is required to describe and measure the impact of funded projects, their effectiveness in achieving stated goals, their impact on related programs, and when feasible, to obtain the views of persons participating in and served by funded projects. ANA carries out this requirement through review of grantee submitted reports and through the use of structured on-site interviews using a data collection tool (OMB No. 0970-0379, expiration date 06/30/2022).
Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements in 45 CFR Part 75 Subpart F.
Financial records, supporting documents and all other related records pertinent to ANA grants must be maintained in accordance with 45 CFR 75.361-5.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is mandatory. 20%. The 20% match is required unless waived in accordance with criteria published in 45 CFR 1336.50.

This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details. Additional Information:
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grantees may apply for non-competitive continuation support within a project period of 1 to 5 years, depending on the Funding Opportunity Announcement. Notice of Grant Award document-Post award, our Division of Payment Management will establish an account from which a grantee may draw down award funds.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Carmelia A. Strickland
Administration for Native Americans,
Administration for Children and Families,
Department of Health and Human Services,
330 C Street SW.,
Switzer Building, Mail Stop 4126
Washington , DC 20447 US
Phone: (877) 922-9262
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$31,375,727.00; FY 19 est $28,369,414.00; FY 20 est $28,369,415.00; FY 17$29,960,978.00; FY 16$27,689,780.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$100,000 to $400,000; average = $259,215 per budget period.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
SEDS program regulations are published in 45 CFR 1336.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 We anticipate funding similar projects Grantee: Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc. Project: The Schoolyard Enhancement Description: Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc. (CITC) proposes enhancing The Schoolyard, an after school program, that has demonstrated participant high school graduation rates of 84.8%. The Schoolyard Enhancement will provide an academic engagement program for middle school youth and an intervention program for high school youth comprised of three core components: 1) Engagement: The program will engage students by teaching digital game design, music production, and digital fabrication (including 3-D printing) by providing supported work experience opportunities to youth. 2) Academic: The program will provide academic counseling, tutoring, and credit recovery to facilitate on-time high school graduation or obtaining a GED. 3) Supportive Services: The program will screen for non-academic needs requiring case management and referral to CITC, and other programs. The Schoolyard Enhancement engage middle school youth through an after school program and a series of camps and after school programs. Grantee: Hiilei Aloha, LLC Project: Native Hawaiian Construction Business Accelerator to Create Jobs Description: The Hi'ilei Aloha, LLC will decrease the unemployment and under-employment of Native Hawaiians by developing the capacity of 20 Native Hawaiian individuals to establish their own construction businesses which will create 40 permanent full-time jobs in this industry. Training workshops on business administration and state license requirements will be provided over a two-year period. Grantee: Cahuilla Indian Reservation. Project: Cahuilla Emergency Preparedness Project Description: Increasing the capacity of the Tribe to effectively prepare for and respond to acts of nature and other catastrophic events on and near the reservation.
Fiscal Year 2017 SEDS Grantee: Muscogee Nation of Florida Project: Muscogee Nation Micro Farm and Land Development Project Location: Ponce De Leon, FL Description: The Muscogee Nation Micro Farm and Land Development Project is a 3-year project to create an economic infrastructure for the Tribal Government of Muscogee Nation of Florida. Nine acres of property will be developed as an Agri-tourism business that contains a heritage site Tribal Council House dating back to 1880, and an ecotourism Micro Farm with a learning path, greenhouses and aqua farming. The project will create a 2800 feet walkway that circles the Tribe's cypress pond, crosses the utilized property and is guided by educational signs that identifies indigenous trees and plants, along with their traditional uses by Muscogee (Creek) people that live in the Northwest Florida Coastal Area. SEDS-AK Grantee: Knik Tribal Council Project: Financial Literacy; Training and Outreach for the Knik Tribe Service Area Location: Palmer, AK Description: Knik Tribe Financial Literacy Program will build organizational capacity and economic self-sufficiency by providing financial literacy education on homeownership, credit counseling and budget management to Alaska Natives and tribal members in the local area. ILEAD Grantee: Intersections, Inc. Project: TUPULAGA TA'IALA: A Youth Development and Peer Leadership Project Location: Pago Pago, AS Description: The goal of the project is to increase the number of youth leaders who will effectively communicate the benefits of avoiding risky behaviors and decrease the number of at risk youth in American Samoa. Intersections will develop and implement a youth curriculum and establish a peer support network, which will focus on establishing and utilizing youth leaders to educate and talk to other Samoan youth about avoiding risky behaviors such as pre-marital sex, unhealthy relationships, and bullying.
Fiscal Year 2018 SEDS Grantee: Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Project: Bodewadmi Food & Lifeways Restoration Project Location: Fulton, Michigan Description: The Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Bodewadmi Food & Lifeways Restoration Project is a 3-year project that will increase tribal members' access to, knowledge of, and inclusion of traditionally and locally grown/sourced foods and culturally significant plants and animals in daily diets by streamlining and enhancing NHBP's food sovereignty initiatives and policies. The tribe, which is located near Grand Rapids, Michigan, will develop Phase 1 of the interdepartmental Bodewadmi Food & Lifeways Restoration Project to sustain a food sovereignty initiative to provide healthy, local food to community members year round. Community health assessments found that its members suffer from high rates of obesity and chronic diseases with declining access to traditional and traditionally grown foods. Only 10% of the community incorporates these foods into their daily diets while the majority of the NHBP members need further assistance and education to harvest, preserve, and prepare traditional foods in order to incorporate them into their daily diets. SEDS-AK Grantee: Petersburg Indian Association Project: Developing a Comprehensive Strategy to Address Outmigration and Establish a Vibrant Tribal Community Location: Petersburg, Alaska Description: The Comprehensive Strategy project is a 2 year project that will develop a Tribal citizen-driven comprehensive strategy through a process of engagement with the Tribal citizens that will provide a guided path for the Tribe as it meets its mission to reverse the trend of outmigration and achieve social and economic self-sufficiency. Petersburg, accessible only by boat or air, is a fishing community with mostly seasonal jobs which greatly impacts employment opportunities for Tribal citizens. ILEAD Grantee: Kanehunamoku Voyaging Academy Project: Setting Course Ke Ala O Kanaloa Location: Kaneohe, Hawaii Description: Setting Course Ke Ala O Kanaloa is a 3 year project to increase youth resiliency, leadership skills, and increase their readiness for college and a career in ocean-based industries. The project will include three separate cohorts of 16 youth admitted each year, who will experience 20 days of training and instruction services and complete a 10-day open ocean voyage between the major islands of Hawai'i. Youth will also prepare and execute three major project plans in the areas of cultural perpetuation, leadership projects, and college and career plans. The target population is for youth ages 16-22 throughout the State of Hawaii and outreach will be conducted on all islands. At least 50% of youth selected for the project will be considered “at risk” based on family income and other extenuating circumstances deemed to be risk factors for achievement.


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