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Administration for Native Americans: Social and Economic Development Strategies

Deadline: June 30, 2021

The Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS) program aims 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. SEDS projects focus on one or more of the following three inter-related concepts that form a foundation for self-sufficiency: (1) Social Development that supports local access to, control of, and coordination with programs and services that safeguard the health, well-being, and culture of Native peoples; (2) Economic Development that fosters the development of stable, diversified local economies and economic activities that provide jobs and business opportunities that promote economic well-being and self-sufficiency in Native American communities; and (3) Governance that assists tribes, Native organizations and Alaska Native village governments to increase their ability to enhance their administrative infrastructure and capacity to develop and enforce laws, regulations, codes, and policies that reflect and promote the interests of community members. Funded SEDS projects will reflect outcomes and include specific strategies for enhancing or improving community conditions and achieving long-term community goals.

Due to the recent Congressional passage of the Indian Community Economic Enhancement Act of 2020, funding will be prioritized 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 SEDS. Ten bonus points will be awarded to applications that address one or more of these priority areas.

Through tribal consultations and various meetings throughout Native communities, several priority areas have been identified that may benefit from funding for community-based solutions through the SEDS program in FY2021. The priority areas are: Native Veterans, Emergency Preparedness and Response, and/or Missing and Murdered Native Americans. To ensure priority areas are being addressed, bonus points will be awarded. To receive bonus points for the Native Veterans priority area, Native Veterans must be included as the target population, either as participants or beneficiaries.

Amount: $9,000,000 is available for approximately 28 awards ranging from $100,000-$400,000 per budget period. Applicants can propose 1, 2, or 3 year budget periods. There is a 20% cost share required.


* 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.

Link: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2021-ACF-ANA-NA-1906_1.htm


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