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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs to Support
the Development of Native American Communities

Social and Economic Development Strategies - SEDS

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Administration for Native Americans (ANA)

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06/30/21 11:59 PM ET (online submissions), 4:30 PM ET (paper applications)


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Grants to USA and territories Native American and Pacific Islander nonprofit organizations, agencies, and IHEs for community and economic development and cultural preservation. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to four weeks to complete. This program is focused on community-driven projects designed to grow local economies, strengthen Native American families, including the preservation of Native American cultures, and decrease the high rate of current challenges caused by the lack of community-based businesses, and social and economic infrastructure in Native American communities. Native American communities include American Indian tribes (federally-recognized and non-federally recognized), Native Hawaiians, Alaska Natives, and Native American Pacific Islanders.

Legislative Priority Areas for Economic Development

Due to the recent Congressional passage of the Indian Community Economic Enhancement Act of 2020, ANA will prioritize funding for applications seeking assistance for the following: (1) the development of a tribal code or courts system for purposes of economic development, including commercial codes, training for court personnel, and the development of non-profit subsidiaries or other tribal business structures; (2) the development of a Native community development financial institution, including training and administrative expenses; and (3) the development of a tribal master plan for community and economic development and infrastructure. The new economic development legislative priorities will be incorporated into new program areas of interest for the SEDS FOA. 

Native American Community Priority Areas: Native Veterans, Emergency Preparedness and Response, and Missing and Murdered Native Americans (MMNA)

Through tribal consultations and various meetings throughout Native communities, ANA has identified several priority areas that may benefit from funding for community-based solutions through the SEDS program in fiscal year(FY) 2021.  The priority areas are as follows: Native Veterans, Emergency Preparedness and Response, and/or Missing and Murdered Native Americans.  To ensure ANA is addressing these priority areas, bonus points will be awarded. Applications that propose a community priority project should include the community priority area(s) in the project goal, all objectives and indicators as reflected in the project’s framework, project approach, Objective Work Plan, and Outcome Tracker. In addition, to receive bonus points for the Native Veterans priority area, Native Veterans must be included as the target population, either as participants or beneficiaries. For more information, see Section V.1 Criteria. 

Program Areas of Interest

Program areas of interest for this FOA include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Social Development: Projects that develop and implement culturally appropriate strategies to meet the social service needs and well-being of Native Americans.
  • Economic Development: Projects that promote the creation of a sustainable local economy to enhance the economic independence of Native people. 
  • Governance: Governance is defined as increasing the ability of tribal and Alaska Native villages and territorial 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.

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149370

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $400,000
- Award Floor: $100,000
- Average Projected Award Amount: $280,000 Per Budget Period

Term of Contract:

Applicants may propose projects with project periods consisting of either 12, 24 or 36 months.


  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Non-profit organizations representing American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Native American Pacific Islanders, including American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are eligible applicants under this announcement.

Eligible applicants under this announcement are: Federally-recognized Indian tribes, as recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA); Incorporated non-federally recognized tribes; Incorporated state-recognized Indian tribes; Consortia of Indian tribes; Incorporated non-profit multi-purpose community-based Indian organizations (including Urban Indian Organizations as defined by 25 U.S.C §1603(29)); Urban Indian Centers; Native Community Development Financial Institutions (Native CDFIs); Alaska Native villages as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) and/or non-profit village consortia; Non-profit native organizations in Alaska with village-specific projects; Incorporated non-profit Alaska Native multipurpose, 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 BIA; Public and non-profit private agencies serving Native Hawaiians; National or regional incorporated non-profit Native American organizations with Native American community-specific objectives; Public and non-profit 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 that serve Native American Pacific Islanders.

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Projects Ineligible for Funding:
- Projects for which a grantee will provide third-party training and technical assistance to other tribes or Native American organizations or to non-members of the grantee organization.
- Projects that require funding for feasibility studies, business plans, marketing plans, or written materials such as manuals that are not an essential part of the applicant's long-range development plan.
- Projects with core administration functions that essentially support only the applicant's ongoing administrative functions and are not related to the proposed project.
- Projects that support ongoing social service delivery programs or the expansion, or continuation, of existing social service delivery programs.
- Projects that do not further the three interrelated ANA goals of economic development, social development, and cultural preservation.
- Projects from consortia of tribes that do not include documentation from each participating consortium member specifying their role and support. Projects from consortia must have goals and objectives that will encompass the participating communities. ANA will not fund projects by a consortium of tribes that duplicate activities for which participating member tribes also receive funding from ANA.
- The purchase of real estate.

Pre-Application Information:

Closing Date for Applications: Jun 30, 2021 Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., ET, on the listed application due date. The deadline for receipt of paper applications is 4:30 p.m., ET, on the due date.

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 and from funding under this announcement.

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. Information and the requirements for requesting an exemption from required electronic application submission are found in "ACF Policy for Requesting an Exemption from Electronic Application Submission" at
Letter of intent information will be used to determine the number of expert reviewers needed to evaluate applications. The letter of intent is optional. Failure to submit a letter of intent will not impact eligibility to submit an application and will not disqualify an application from competitive review.

Applicants that submit a letter of intent may be contacted by ANA’s regional Training and Technical Assistance Center so that they can receive pre-application support. This is a free service available to all ANA applicants. Failure to submit a letter of intent does not preclude the applicant from receiving regional technical assistance for application support. ANA technical assistance information can be found at Applicants should submit the letter of intent via email within 30 days of the announcement's publication.

Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement: Grantees are required to meet a non-federal share of the project cost, in accordance with 42 U.S.C. 2991b(b). Grantees must provide at least 20 percent of the total approved cost of the project. For more information, see

How to Register and Apply through The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines. Organization applicants can find complete instructions at

Unique Entity Identifier (DUNS) and Systems for Award Management (SAM) registration is required of all applicants. To obtain a DUNS number, go to http​://fedgo​v​.dnb​.com​/ webfo​rm​. Active registration at the SAM website must be maintained throughout the application and project award period. SAM registration is available at http​://www​.sam​.gov​.

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Program Office Contact
Carmelia Strickland
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
Administration for Native Americans, [HHS-2018-ACF-ANA-NA-1339]
330 C Street, SW.
4th Floor
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: (877) 922-9262
Fax: (202) 690-7441

Office of Grants Management Contact
Tim Chappelle
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
63 of 75
Office of Grants Management, [HHS-2018-ACF-ANA-NA-1339]
330 C Street, SW.
3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: (202) 401-4855

Hearing-impaired and speech-impaired callers may contact the Federal Relay Service (FedRelay) at

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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