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Administration for Native Americans: Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)

Deadline: April 15, 2014

The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) supports economic development in Native American communities through the provision of discretionary grants to tribal governments and native-serving non-profit organizations.  The current economic climate has increased ANA’s focus on developing employment opportunities and business creation in native communities, resulting in this special funding initiative to promote Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS).  In an effort to reduce unemployment and stimulate local economies, ANA, within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), announces the availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 funds for community-based projects that will foster economic development through the creation of small businesses and sustainable job growth.

One of ANA’s primary goals is to promote economic self-sufficiency for American Indians, Native Hawaiians, Alaskan Natives, and Native American Pacific Islanders, including American Samoa Natives.  In pursuit of this goal, four priorities that ANA will promote through the SEEDS initiative are: 1) creation of sustainable employment opportunities; 2) professional training and skill development that increases participants’ employability and earning potential; 3) creation and development of small businesses and entrepreneurial activities, and; 4) a demonstrated strategy and commitment to keeping the jobs and revenues generated by project activities within the native communities being served.  Improving access to employment opportunities and supporting small businesses will enhance local economies, enable more tribal members to acquire and maintain gainful employment, and improve the long-term financial health of tribal members and their families.

Program areas of interest include (but are not limited to): Agriculture; Career Pathways; Commercial Trade; Economic Competitiveness; Economic Infrastructure; Entrepreneurship and Microenterprise; Local Sourcing and Technologies; Place-based Strategies (utilizing a tribe or community’s local or regional assets and resources and collaborating with multiple stakeholders to address economic development barriers); and Interoperability (partnering with ACF programs and clients, helping ACF clients such as youth aging out of foster care, TANF or TANF eligible individuals, or noncustodial parents with child support agreements to obtain employment).

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 non-profit 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; non-profit 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 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.

Amount: Estimated Total Funding: $4,750,000; Expected Number of Awards: 15; Grants will range from $100,000-$500,000 per year.

Link: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants/open/foa/view/HHS-2014-ACF-ANA-NE-0779

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