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Administration for Native Americans: Social and Economic Development Strategies – Growing Organizations

Deadline: June 30, 2021

The purpose of the Social and Economic Development Strategies – Growing Organizations (SEDS-GO) program is to provide financial assistance to American Indian Tribes, Alaska Native villages, and Native non-profit organizations that identify as growing organizations and seek to build their internal capacity. For this program, growing organizations are defined as those that are striving to reach their full potential as highly functioning entities able to effectively serve their Native American communities. Any tribe or organization that is challenged in fulfilling their mission through the capabilities of their internal organization, management and governance practices, resources, or partnerships, and are unable to evaluate achievements or improve upon results may be considered a growing organization. Other similar terms may be low-capacity or under-resourced organizations.

Unlike other Administration for Native Americans (ANA) funding opportunities that require community-driven projects, SEDS-GO funding is a special initiative designed to support projects that address internal organization capacity building to improve the administrative, technical, and executive functions of the applicant, which will in turn improve service to their external community. For SEDS-GO projects, the intended beneficiary for the project is the applicant organization and not the community that it serves. By investing in the applicant organization with SEDS-GO funding, the organizations will be able to better serve their community in the future. In addition, the SEDS-GO program may also assist the applicant organization in becoming a stronger competitor for additional grant funding in the future.

The applicant is to address up to two targeted challenges in their proposed project. Targeted challenges represent different organizational functions that may limit a growing organization’s ability to effectively serve the needs of its community. SEDS-GO applicants should choose no more than two of the following eight targeted challenges to address in the proposed project:

  • Staff Development: Staff should have the knowledge to administer the organization’s current programs effectively. Projects might focus on improving current staff capacity to administer project activities or ensuring staff members are qualified to operate effectively in their role. This may include addressing staff expertise for the Executive Director, Administrative Support Staff, Financial Staff, IT Staff, Human Resources, Program Staff, Communications, Resource Development Staff, and/or Tribal Membership Staff.
  • Governance: Policies and procedures should be in place for the governing board to effectively guide the organization. Projects might focus on ensuring tribal codes and ordinances are in place, or ensuring the governing board has the necessary training regarding the roles and responsibilities of elected positions.
  • Effective Grants Management: The organization should have a track record of effective grants management and use of diversified funds. Projects might focus on building capacity and infrastructure to secure and manage diverse funding sources to effectively operate programming; improving successful management and sustainability of state, federal, or non-federal grants; ensuring grants’ compliance and operational oversight; or improving the organization’s internal risk assessment to attract additional funders. All applications submitted with a targeted challenge of Effective Grants Management must be compliant with 45 CFR § 75.442 (Fundraising and Investment Management Costs).
  • Strategic/Community Planning: Projects might focus on organizational strategic planning, facilitating long-term community visioning, developing regional growth plans, or developing policies and procedures to engage with the community on an ongoing basis.
  • Financial Management Systems: Current financial systems and policies and procedures should be in regular use and compliant with 45 CFR § 75.302 (Financial Management and Standards for Financial Management Systems). Projects might focus on developing financial, travel, procurement, organizational, and/or HR policies; improving on an employee handbook; or reviewing and updating the current accounting software, chart of accounts, and/or payroll management system.
  • Use of Technology: The organization should have the technological equipment, software, and/or network infrastructure it needs to serve its community effectively, along with the necessary policies and procedures for safe and responsible use. Projects might focus on updating computer hardware and software; improving internet access and infrastructure reliability; or improving policies governing internet access, equipment use, inventory requirements, and/or social media.
  • Ability to Track and Manage Data: The organization should have the systems and knowledgeable staff necessary to securely collect, manage, and analyze data in order to track project outcomes and make informed, data-evidenced decisions. Projects might focus on improving databases used to track data; updating data software used, such as Excel or Access; developing processes used to collect, manage, and analyze data; or training staff on software and/or evaluation skills.
  • Partnerships: The organization should leverage healthy partnerships, preferably documented, with all external organizations it must work with in order to serve its community effectively. Projects might focus on forming Memoranda of Agreement or Understanding with current and new partners; increasing programs, training, and/or professional development opportunities; establishing recruitment pools, outreach, and/or communications procedures; or improving economic development opportunities with federal agencies, state agencies, and/or foundations.

SEDS-GO funding is not intended to expand existing programs and services already provided by the applicant organization.

Amount: $1,500,000 is available for 9 projects ranging from $50,000-$250,000 per budget period each. Applicants may propose 1, 2, or 3 year budget periods. A 20% cost share is required.

Eligibility:

  • 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/index.cfm?switch=foa&fon=HHS-2021-ACF-ANA-NN-1918

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