Native American Programs

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.


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SEDS program supports the principle that social and economic development are interrelated 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.

ANA may use the SEDS program for special initiatives to meet emerging needs in Native communities.

ANA funding is meant for projects that identify direct, measurable outcomes which will be achieved within the proposed project period.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: Grantee: Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc. Project: The Schoolyard Enhancement Description: Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc.

(CITC) proposes enhancing The Schoolyard, an after school program, that has demonstrated participant high school graduation rates of 84.8%.

The Schoolyard Enhancement will provide an academic engagement program for middle school youth and an intervention program for high school youth comprised of three core components: 1) Engagement: The program will engage students by teaching digital game design, music production, and digital fabrication (including 3-D printing) by providing supported work experience opportunities to youth.

2) Academic: The program will provide academic counseling, tutoring, and credit recovery to facilitate on-time high school graduation or obtaining a GED.

3) Supportive Services: The program will screen for non-academic needs requiring case management and referral to CITC, and other programs.

The Schoolyard Enhancement engage middle school youth through an after school program and a series of camps and after school programs. Grantee: Hiilei Aloha, LLC Project: Native Hawaiian Construction Business Accelerator to Create Jobs Description: The Hi'ilei Aloha, LLC will decrease the unemployment and under-employment of Native Hawaiians by developing the capacity of 20 Native Hawaiian individuals to establish their own construction businesses which will create 40 permanent full-time jobs in this industry.

Training workshops on business administration and state license requirements will be provided over a two-year period. Grantee: Cahuilla Indian Reservation. Project: Cahuilla Emergency Preparedness Project Description: Increasing the capacity of the Tribe to effectively prepare for and respond to acts of nature and other catastrophic events on and near the reservation.

Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
American Samoa Community College $ 311,939   2021-09-302024-09-30
Karuk Tribe $ 351,747   2021-09-302024-09-30
Oneida Indian Nation $ 397,198   2021-09-302024-09-29
White Mountain Apache Tribe $ 400,000   2021-09-302024-09-29
Sigangu Community Development Corp $ 199,001   2021-09-302024-09-29
Holani Hana Inc. $ 200,000   2021-09-302024-09-29
Awaiaulu, Inc. $ 280,547   2021-09-302024-09-29
Urban Indigenous Collective, Inc $ 195,387   2021-09-302024-09-29
500 Sails $ 399,041   2021-09-302024-09-29
Riverside-san Bernardino County Indian Health, Inc. $ 250,000   2021-09-302024-09-29

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 115 new and continuing grants were awarded in FY 16 for the program areas including Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS), Social and Economic Development Strategies ? Alaska (SEDS-AK), Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS), Native Asset Building Initiative, and Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment and Development (I-LEAD). Fiscal Year 2017: It is anticipated that 110 new and continuing grants will be awarded in FY 17 for the program areas including Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS), Social and Economic Development Strategies ? Alaska (SEDS-AK), Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS), the Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment and Development (I-LEAD) program, and Native Asset-Building Initiative (NABI). Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant funding may be used for such purposes as: (1) Social Development-Projects that develop and implement culturally appropriate strategies to meet the social service needs of Native Americans, foster the well-being of Native youth, promote family preservation and responsible parenting, and reconnecting with traditional healing; (2) Economic Development-Projects that promote the creation of a sustainable local economy; (3) Governance- which is defined as increasing the ability of tribal and Alaska Native village governments to exercise local control and decision-making, and to develop and enforce laws, regulations, codes, and policies that reflect and promote the interests of community members.

Costs of organized fund raising, including financial campaigns, endowment drives, solicitation of gifts and bequests, and similar expenses incurred solely to raise capital or obtain contributions, are considered unallowable costs.

Funding cannot be used for the following purpose or activities: purchase of real property; costs of organized fundraising, reimbursement of pre-award costs, and activities that qualify as major renovations and alterations.

Further details regarding ineligible applicants and activities can be found in the ANA regulations at 45 CFR 1336.33.

In addition, activities in support of any foreseeable litigation against the United States Government are unallowable per 45 CFR Part 75.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant 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 nonprofit 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; Nonprofit 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 nonprofit private agencies serving Native Hawaiians; National or regional incorporated nonprofit Native American organizations with Native American community-specific objectives; Public and nonprofit 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 which serve Native American Pacific Islanders.

Beneficiary Eligibility

American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native American Pacific Islanders will benefit.


Non-profit organizations must submit proof of non-profit status. For applicants that are not 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 ANA?s 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 as defined in 45 CFR 1336.10 and Native American Pacific Islanders as defined in Section 815 of the Native American Programs Act. Applicants that do not include this documentation will be considered non-responsive, and the application will not be considered for competition. 45 CFR Part 75, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 45 CFR Part 75, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 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 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. See FOA for detailed information. For applicants that have received a waiver, Standard Forms, assurances, and certifications are available at the ACF Funding Opportunities Forms webpage at

Award Procedures

All funds are awarded directly to the grantees.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Native American Programs Act of 1974 (NAPA), as amended, Title VIII, Section 803(a), Public Law 102-375, 42 U.S.C 2991b and b-3.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days. Applicants will receive notice of approval/disapproval approximately 120 days after receipt of application.


Appeals are only available on upon a finding of ineligibility for funding and are subject to ANA regulations at 45 CFR 1336.35 and HHS regulations in 45 CFR Part 75.


Other - Not Specified.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching Requirements: Percent: 20%. The 20% match is required unless waived in accordance with criteria published in 45 CFR 1336.50. This program has MOE requirements, see funding agency for further details.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grantees may apply for non-competitive continuation support within a project period of 1 to 3 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Notice of Grant Award (NGA) document-Annually.

Post Assistance Requirements


Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

ANA grantees are required to report project progress semi-annually using the Objective Progress Report (OPR) (OMB No.

0970-0452, expiration date 06/30/2018) and the SF-425 on a semi-annual basis which are submitted electronically.

The SF-425 is also required to be submitted annually and at the end of the project period.

Grantees will be required to submit an Annual Data Report (ADR) (OMB No.

0970-0475, expiration date 03/31/2019) to report project data once a year and at the end of the project period.

ANA reviews grantee semiannual and annual reports to determine whether the grantee is meeting its project goal and objectives and completing activities identified in the Objective Work Plan (OWP) as well as to evaluate project effectiveness.

If progress concerns are identified, ANA may require quarterly reports.

In addition, ANA is required to describe and measure the impact of funded projects, their effectiveness in achieving stated goals, their impact on related programs, and when feasible, to obtain the views of persons participating in and served by funded projects.

ANA carries out this requirement through review of grantee submitted reports and through the use of structured on-site interviews using a data collection tool (OMB No.

0970-0379, expiration date 07/31/2019).


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements in 45 CFR Part 75 Subpart F.


Financial records, supporting documents and all other related records pertinent to ANA grants must be maintained for a period of 3 years. If an audit is not completed by the end of the 3-year period, or if audit findings have not been resolved, records shall be retained until resolution of the audit findings.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 $27,689,780; FY 17 est $30,114,920; and FY 18 est $30,114,920

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$100,000 to $400,000 Average = $300,000 per budget period.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

SEDS program regulations are published in 45 CFR 1336.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Carmelia A. Strickland Administration for Native Americans Administration for Children and Families Department of Health and Human Services 330 C Street SW Switzer Building, Mail Stop 4126, Washington , District of Columbia 20447 Email: Phone: (877) 922-9262

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Specific criteria for selecting proposals for funding are stated in each funding opportunity announcement. In general, proposals are judged on the basis of relevance to program objectives as stated in the funding opportunity announcement, project strategy, community support in project design and implementation, reasonable cost estimates, and qualifications of applicant organization and personnel.

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