Program Description

The purpose of Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (Native Youth I-LEAD) is to support local community projects that foster Native youth resiliency, and to empower Native youth across four broad domains of activity: (1) Native youth leading (leadership development); (2) Native youth connecting (building positive identity, community connection, and social-emotional health); (3) Native youth learning (educational success); and (4) Native youth working (workforce readiness). These domains, combined with promotion of the role of supportive adults, form a framework for inter-related strategies that support capacity building, inter-generational engagement and understandings, and the empowerment and self-development of Native youth.

Because Native youth are central to the solutions within their own communities, Native Youth I-LEAD projects are intended to be youth centered and demonstrably youth driven. For this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), youth are defined as young people 14 to 24 years-old.

Awards under this funding opportunity are cooperative agreements.

General Program Requirements

Eligible applicants are: 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 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 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, and colleges and universities located in Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands that serve Native American Pacific Islanders.

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under the funding opportunity announcement. Faith-based organizations are encouraged to review the ACF Policy on Grants to Faith-Based Organizations.

Legal Status of Applicant Entity for documentation is required to support eligibility. Non-profit organizations applying for funding are required to submit proof of their non-profit status.

Electronic applications submitted after 11:59 p.m. EST on the due date, as indicated by a dated and time-stamped email will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Applications submitted at any time during the open application period, and prior to the due date and time that fail the Grants.gov validation check, will not be received at, or acknowledged.

Paper applications received after 4:30 p.m. EST on the due date will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement. Paper applications received from applicants that have not received approval of an exemption from required electronic submission will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Assurance of Community Representation on Board of Directors (not applicable to tribes or Native Alaska Villages): Organizations applying for funding must show that a majority of board members are representative of a Native American community to be served. Applicants must submit documentation that identifies each board member by name and indicates his/her affiliation or relationship to at least one of four categories of community representation, which include: (1) members of federally or state-recognized tribes; (2) persons eligible to be a participant in, or beneficiary of, the project to be funded; (3) persons who are recognized by members of the eligible Native American community to be served as having a cultural relationship with that community; or (4) persons considered to be Native American and Native American Pacific Islanders. Applicants that do not include this documentation will be considered non-responsive, and the application will not be considered for competition.

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 Grants.gov. Applications in Paper Format: For applicants that have received an exemption to submit applications in paper format, applications must be submitted in a single package. The package must be clearly labeled for the specific FOA it addresses by FOA title and by Funding Opportunity Number (FON). The order of application elements in paper format submissions must adhere to the sequence described under the "Page Limitations and Content for All Application Submission Formats" section.
Submit paper applications to one of the following addresses.

Submission by Mail:
Tim Chappelle
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Grants Management - [insert FON]
Mary E. Switzer Memorial Building
330 C Street, SW.
Washington, DC 20024

Hand Delivery:
Tim Chappelle
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Grants Management - [Insert FON]
Mary E. Switzer Memorial Building
330 C Street, SW.
Washington, DC 20024

Program Contact Information

Program Office Contact:
Carmelia Strickland
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
Administration for Native Americans
Mary E. Switzer Memorial Building
330 C Street, SW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20024
Phone: (877) 922-9262
Email: anacomments@acf.hhs.gov
URL: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ana/

Office of Grants Management Contact:
Tim Chappelle
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Grants Management, Division of Discretionary Grants
Mary E. Switzer Memorial Building
330 C Street, SW.
Washington, DC 20024
Phone: (202) 401-4855
Email: tim.chappelle@acf.hhs.gov

Additional Information

Length of ProgramProjects are awarded for 1-5 years
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Yes, Native Non-Profit Organizations
Type of Assistance ProvidedCooperative Agreement
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNone
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number93.612
Matching Funds RequiredGrantees are required to meet a non-federal share of the project cost, in accordance with 42 U.S.C. 2991b(b). Grantees must provide at least 20 percent of the total approved cost of the project. The total approved cost of the project is the sum of the Administration for Children and Families (federal) share and the non-federal share. The non-federal share may be met by cash or in-kind contributions, although applicants are encouraged to meet their match requirements through cash contributions.
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo

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