Tribal Work Grants


To allow eligible Indian Tribes and Alaska Native organizations to operate a program to make work activities available, work-related activities to support job readiness, job placement, and job retention for Native Americans. NEW funding enables recipients to serve their designated service populations through these work activities and supportive services.

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
A - Formula Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 In FY 2016, it is anticipated that 78 grants will be awarded. In FY 2016, 78 grants were awarded.
Fiscal Year 2017 In FY 2017, 78 grants were awarded.
Fiscal Year 2018 In FY 2018, 78 grants were awarded.
Fiscal Year 2019 In FY 2019, 78 grants were awarded.
Fiscal Year 2020 In FY 2020, 78 grants were awarded.
Fiscal Year 2021 In FY 2021, 78 grants were awarded.
Fiscal Year 2022 In FY 2022, 78 grants were awarded.
Fiscal Year 2023 In FY 2023, 78 grants were awarded.
Fiscal Year 2024 In FY 2024, It is expected that 78 grants will be awarded.
Social Security Act, Title IV, Part A, Section 412
42 U.S.C. § 612
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
An Indian Tribe or Alaska Native organization that conducted a Tribal JOBS (Job Opportunities and Basic Skills Training) Program in fiscal year 1995.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Service areas and populations as designated by the eligible Indian Tribe or Alaska Native organization.
The recipient's chief executive officer must sign the application for assistance (the recipient's Native Employment Works plan), documenting the Tribe's official support for, and approval of, the application/plan. 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
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. Each eligible Indian Tribe or Alaska Native organization must submit a NEW plan for approval by the HHS Secretary, along with the SF-424M as an attachment.
Award Procedure
The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will issue awards to entities with approved plans.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. Approximately 45 days.
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?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Tribes have broad flexibility to use the grant for the purpose of making work activities available. Examples of allowable activities include, but are not limited to: Educational activities, alternative education, post-secondary education, job readiness activity, job search, job skills training, training and employment activities, job development and placement, on-the-job training (OJT), employer work incentives related to OJT, community work experience, innovative approaches with the private sector, pre/post-employment services, job retention services, unsubsidized employment, subsidized public or private sector employment, community service programs, entrepreneurial training, management training, job creation activities, economic development leading to job creation, and traditional subsistence activities. The NEW Program recipient may provide, pay for or reimburse expenses for supportive services, including but not limited to transportation, child care, traditional or cultural work-related services, and other work or family sufficiency related expenses that the Tribe determines are necessary to enable a client to participate in the program.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
The Secretary will have the ability to maintain program funding accountability consistent with generally accepted accounting principles and the requirements of the Single Audit Act of 1984 and 45 CFR 75 Subpart F. 45 CFR Part 75 Subpart F applies to this program.
Indian Tribes and Alaska Native organizations must maintain records according to 45 CFR 75.361-365.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title IV Chapter 7 Part A Subpart Section 412(a)(2) Public Law Social Security Act, as amended, 42 USC 612. The award amount for each Tribe will equal the amount it received in fiscal year 1994 to operate its JOBS Program.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are issued annually. Effective for NEW funds awarded on or after July 1, 1999, recipients may carry forward (carry over) unobligated NEW fund balances for use in subsequent fiscal years, without fiscal year limitation. Post award, the Division of Payment Management will establish an account from which a recipient may draw down award funds.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Stan Koutstaal
330 C Street SW
Washington , DC 20201 US
Phone: 202-401-5457
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Formula Grants) FY 22$7,633,287.00; FY 23 est $7,633,287.00; FY 24 est $7,633,287.00; FY 21$7,633,287.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
In FY 2022, the range was $5,187 to $1,752,666; the average award was $96,000. In FY 2023, the range is $5,187 to $1,752,666; the average award is $96,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
45 CFR Part 287, Regulations for the Native Employment Works (NEW) program were published on February 18, 2000, and became effective June 19, 2000.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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