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 inter-related 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. Funded SEDS projects will reflect specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound outcomes and include specific strategies for reducing or eliminating community problems and achieving long-range community goals.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Administration for Children and Families
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: In FY 14, 114 grants were awarded. Fiscal Year 2015: It is anticipated that 110 grants will be awarded in FY 15. Fiscal Year 2016: It is anticipated that 110 grants will be awarded in FY 16.
Native American Programs Act of 1974 (NAPA), as amended, Title VIII, Section 803(a), Public Law 102-375, 42 U.S.C 2991b and b-3.
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 or Traditional Councils) 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.
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 member approving the project proposal are representative of the Native American community to be served. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
All applicants must submit documentation demonstrating that the governing
body of the organization on whose behalf the application is submitted approves the application’s submission to ANA for the current grant competition period . Please see the funding opportunity announcement for more information. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
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 FOA for detailed information. For applicants that have received a waiver, Standard Forms, assurances, and certifications are available at the ACF Funding Opportunities Forms webpage at
Award Procedure
All funds are awarded directly to the grantees.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, 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 on upon a finding of ineligibility for funding and are subject to ANA regulations at 45 CFR 1336.35 and HHS regulations in 45 CFR 16.
Other - Not Specified.
How are proposals selected?
Specific criteria for selecting proposals for funding are stated in each funding opportunity announcement. In general, proposals are judged on the basis of relevance to program objectives as stated in the funding opportunity announcement, 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) 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.; (2) Economic Development-Projects that promote the creation of a sustainable local economy.; (3) Strengthening Families-Incorporating culturally relevant strategies to strengthen families and promote family preservation, responsible parenting, and healthy relationship skills; and to foster the well-being of children and (4) Social Development-Projects that develop and implement culturally appropriate strategies to meet the social service needs of Native Americans. Costs of organized fund raising, including financial campaigns, endowment drives, solicitation of gifts and bequests, and similar expenses incurred solely to raise capital or obtain contributions, are considered unallowable costs. Funding cannot be used for the following purpose or activities: purchase of real property; costs of organized fundraising, reimbursement of pre-award costs, and activities that qualify as major renovations and alterations. Further details regarding ineligible applicants and activities can be found in the ANA regulations at 45 CFR 1336.33. In addition, activities in support of any foreseeable litigation against the United States Government are unallowable per 2 CFR 200.435.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. ANA grantees are required to report project progress semi-annually using the Objective Progress Report (OPR) (OMB No. 0970-0452, expiration date 06/30/2018) in the GrantSolutions system and report financial information using the SF-425 form. The Federal Financial Report form (SF-425) is required semi-annually. ANA reviews grantee semi-annual and annual reports to determine whether the grantee is meeting its goal and objectives and completing activities identified in the 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 on grantee-submitted reports and through the use of structured on-site interviews using a data collection tool (OMB No. 0970-0379, expiration date 05/31/2016).
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. Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements in 45 CFR 75 Subpart F.
Financial records, supporting documents and all other related records pertinent to ANA grants must be maintained for a period of 3 years. If an audit is not completed by the end of the 3-year period, or if audit findings have not been resolved, records shall be retained until resolution of the audit findings.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 20.%. The 20% match is required unless waived in accordance with criteria published in 45 CFR 1336.50.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grantees may apply for non-competitive continuation support within a project period of 1 to 3 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Financial Assistance Award (FAA) grant award document-Annual.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Carmelia A. Strickland Administration for Native Americans
Administration for Children and Families
Department of Health and Human Services
370 L'Enfant Promenade
Aerospace Building, 2nd Floor West, Washington , District of Columbia 20447 Email: Phone: (877) 922-9262
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 14 $26,030,151; FY 15 est $28,184,611; and FY 16 est $28,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$50,000 to $400,000
Average = $222,539 per budget period.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
SEDS program regulations are published in 45 CFR 1336.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Fiscal Year 2014

Grantee: SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium
Project: Wise Families Traditional Foods
Location: Juneau, Alaska
Description: Supporting 5 rural Southeast Alaskan communities to strategically organize, implement and evaluate culturally resonant, evidence- and practice-based activities that will strengthen families and local economies while reducing rates of chronic diseases.

Grantee: Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
Project: Bad River Superior Connections Project
Location: Odanah, Wisconsin
Description: Creating a business that will provide cost-effective high-speed broadband Internet and telecommunication services to the Bad River reservation and our neighboring rural communities that will serve and support our economic, public safety, public utility, social and family services, education, housing, youth and elderly services, and health development.

Grantee: Waianae Community Re-Development Corporation (WCRC)
Project: Ho`owaiwai An Edu-preneurial Youth Asset Building Initiative
Location: Waianae, Hawaii
Description: Support the retention and matriculation of youth to their higher education goals. Upon completion, the Native Hawaiian students will complete a 4-year degree seeking program and return to the Wai'anae moku as empowered and engaged community members. Fiscal Year 2015: We anticipate funding similar projects. Fiscal Year 2016: We anticipate funding similar projects.


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