Program Description

The purpose of the Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS) program is 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. The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) is interested in supporting community-driven projects designed to grow local economies, increase the capacity of tribal governments, strengthen families, preserve Native cultures, and increase self-sufficiency and community well-being. Funded SEDS projects will reflect specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound outcomes and include specific strategies for reducing or eliminating community problems and achieving long-range community goals.

Program areas of interest for this Funding Opportunity Announcement (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 of Native Americans. Examples include:

  1. Community Living
  2. Early Childhood Development
  3. Youth Development
  4. Community Health
  5. Arts and Culture
  6. Safety and Security
  7. Organizational Development
  8. Nutrition and Fitness
  9. Strengthening Families
  10. Responsible Fatherhood
  11. Suicide Prevention
  12. Human Trafficking
  13. Two-Spirit/LGBT

Economic Development: Projects that promote the creation of a sustainable local economy. Examples include:

  1. Asset Building
  2. Economic Stability
  3. Infrastructure
  4. Subsistence

General Program Requirements

Eligible applicants under this announcement are:

  1. Federally recognized Indian tribes, as recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs
  2. Incorporated non-federally recognized tribes
  3. Incorporated state-recognized Indian tribes
  4. Consortia of Indian tribes
  5. Incorporated non-profit multi-purpose community-based Indian organizations; Urban Indian Centers
  6. Alaska Native villages as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANSCA) and/or non-profit village consortia
  7. Non-profit native organizations in Alaska with village-specific projects
  8. Incorporated non-profit Alaska Native multipurpose, community-based organizations
  9. Non-profit Alaska Native Regional Corporations/Associations in Alaska with village-specific projects
  10. Non-profit Alaska Native community entities or tribal governing bodies (Indian Reorganization Act or Traditional Councils) as recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs
  11. Public and non-profit private agencies serving Native Hawaiians
  12. National or regional incorporated non-profit Native American organizations with Native American community-specific objectives
  13. Public and non-profit private agencies serving native peoples from Guam, American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  14. 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.

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

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 may be requested by phone, mail, or e-mail at:

ANA Help Desk
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
Administration for Native Americans
330 C St
4th Floor
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: (877) 922-9262
Fax: (202) 690-7441

Program Contact Information

Carmelia Strickland

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number93.612
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
Matching Funds RequiredYes
Length of Program1-3 years
Recurring Base Funding for TribesYes
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?No
Tribes Funded by this Program14

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