Program Description

The purpose of the SEEDS initiative is to promote job growth and business development in Native communities that are experiencing challenging economic conditions. In an effort to reduce un-and under-employment and stimulated local economies, SEEDS projects must have as their primary focus new job creation and support to community members that will result in attainment of either existing or new jobs in specific industry labor markets, rather than general job readiness. Training must be directed towards a specific industry. In addition, the recipient will be directly responsible for achieving both of the ANA-required outcomes expected and may not act as a pass-through. ANA has identified four key SEEDS programmatic priorities:

  1. Creation of new sustainable employment opportunities;
  2. Professional training and skill development that increases participants' ability to fill existing or new jobs in specific industry labor markets that increase earned income.
  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. ANA promotes the goal of self-sufficiency in Native American communities primarily through the Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS) program, which authorizes the SEEDS initiative. In making funding decisions, ANA prioritizes projects that focus on placement of otherwise unemployed or underemployed individuals in new or existing jobs that increase their earned income as well as projects that will begin to create jobs and develop businesses by the mid-point of the proposed project period. In addition, while partnerships are encouraged, recipients are directly responsible for the outcomes expected that they identify in their application. Such priorities are consistent with ANA's commitment to improving access to employment opportunities and supporting small businesses in order to enhance local economies, enable a greater number of individuals to acquire and maintain gainful employment, and improve the long term financial health and well-being of community members and families.

Program areas of interest for this FOA include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Agriculture
  2. Career Pathways
  3. Commercial Trade
  4. Economic Competitiveness
  5. Economic Infrastructure
  6. Entrepreneurship and Microbusiness
  7. Interoperability (partnering with ACF programs and clients)
  8. Local Sourcing and Technology
  9. Place-based Strategies
  10. Preparation for Work

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
  6. Urban Indian Centers
  7. Alaska Native villages as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANSCA) and/or nonprofit village consortia
  8. Non-profit native organizations in Alaska with village specific projects
  9. Incorporated non-profit Alaska Native multi-purpose, community-based organizations
  10. Non-profit Alaska Native Regional Corporations/Associations in Alaska with village-specific projects
  11. Non-profit Alaska Native community entities or tribal governing bodies (Indian Reorganization Act or Traditional Councils) as recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs
  12. Public and non-profit private agencies serving Native Hawaiians
  13. National or regional incorporated non-profit Native American organizations with Native American community-specific objectives
  14. Public and non-profit private agencies serving native peoples from Guam, American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  15. 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 Program1-5 years
Recurring Base Funding for TribesYes
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?No
Tribes Funded by this Program8

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