Program Description

To support employment and training services for Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian individuals in order to develop more fully the academic, occupational, and literacy skills of such individuals; to make such individuals more competitive in the workforce; and to promote the economic and social development of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiian communities in accordance with the goals and values of such communities. All programs assisted under this section shall be administered in a manner consistent with the principles of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450 et seq.) and the government-to-government relationship between Federal Government and Indian tribal governments. Supplemental youth funding is also awarded to help low-income Native American youth and Native Hawaiian youth, between the ages of 14 and 24, acquire the educational and occupational skills needed to achieve academic and employment success and transition to careers and productive adulthood.

General Program Requirements

Federally-recognized Indian Tribal Governments, bands or groups, Alaska Native villages or groups (as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act; 43 U.S.C. 1602(b)), Hawaiian Native communities meeting the eligibility criteria, and Native American organizations (public bodies or private non-profit agencies) are selected by the Secretary on a competitive basis. Tribes, bands and groups may also form a consortium in order to qualify for designation as a grantee. Supplemental funding is automatically awarded to federal recognized tribes and tribal consortiums selected through the competitive process. Youth funds are also based on a funding formula and are restricted to American Indians, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian youth living on or near reservations, Oklahoma Tribal Statistical Areas in Oklahoma, Alaskan villages and the state of Hawaii.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirement, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards apply to this program. The Employment and Training Administration will publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for Grant Application in the Federal Register every four years under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The FOA provides the application and award process for interested entities to apply for funding to serve specific geographic areas. Grantees receiving a grant award must also submit a 4-year strategic plan to the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Office of Workforce Investment, Division of Indian and Native American Programs (DINAP). In addition, grantees must describe the administrative, planning and operational elements needed to implement a WIOA section 166 program. Instructions for completing these documents are issued by the Employment and Training Administration through a Training and Employment Guidance Letter.

Program Contact Information

Athena R. Brown
Division Chief

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number17.265
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram Only for Tribes/Native Organizations
Can the funding from the program be renewedYes
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Other Tribal and Native Entities
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)See the Department of Indian and Native American Programs website
Length of ProgramFunds are made available through annual congressional appropriations. Once awarded, grant life is 4 years.
Recurring Base Funding for TribesYes
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?No
Tribes Funded by this Program180

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