Native American Outreach

To fund economic development projects that will provide small business opportunities and empower American Indians, Native Alaskans and Native Hawaiian entrepreneurs located in disadvantaged and under-served Indian reservations and tribal areas within the U.S.

Examples of Funded Projects

Typical projects include, but not limited to: small business development incubator activities; small business training; marketing outreach to Indian Country and business development services for specialized projects such as reforestation, etc.

Agency - Small Business Administration

The Small Business Administration maintains and strengthens the nation's economy by aiding, counseling, assisting and protecting the interests of small businesses and by helping families and businesses recover from national disasters.

Program Accomplishments

Not available at this time.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The projects must have the ability to provide increased entrepreneurial development opportunities for Native Americans, serve as effective models to address the issue of access to SBA information and resources, and have the potential to become best practices for implementation by other entities around the country.

Program initiatives must assist small businesses in tribal areas on the basis of need, realizing that not all Native American tribes, particularly those in remote areas experiencing severe economic hardship, may be aware of this and other SBA programs.

Projects must also include a strong outreach component to ensure that underserved Native American tribes have the opportunity to participate in the program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Organizations must have experience in effectively training, counseling, developing and measuring small business development in Indian Country.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Native American entrepreneurs who are starting their own business or expanding their existing business.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from overage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Proposals are accepted per an annual Request for Proposal advertised in the Federal Register.

Award Procedures

On a project by project basis, proposals of eligible applicants are evaluated by a review panel. The SBA/Office of Procurement and Grants Management issues an award to each approved applicant.


Applications/proposals must be submitted by the date indicated in the Request for Proposal.


Small Business Act, as amended; Public Law 108-447; Consolitated Appropriations Act, 2005.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Within 120 days from filing deadline.


Not applicable.


On a case by case need basis, as determined by the contracting officer and the program office.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The performance period varies based upon the accepted proposals.

Post Assistance Requirements


Monthly performance and financial reports are due by the middle of the month subsequent to the accomplishment of work.

Content of the performance reports varies dependent upon the nature of the work and as stipulated in the Request for Proposal and resulting contract.

Funded projects may be subject to follow-up impact analysis as determined by the program office.


Not applicable.


The awardee shall maintain and submit detailed, complete and accurate client activity records to reflect clearly the nature and variety of services provided. Financial records must be kept until 3 years after the completion and submission of the final report.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $1,415,000; FY 08 $1,637,000; FY 09 $1,685,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Contact the Small Business Administration for more information. OMB Circulars A-110, A-122, A-21, A-133.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Small Business Administration, Office of Native American Affairs, 409 Third Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20416. Contact the Office of Native American Affairs.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Established on a project by project basis to include, but not limited to: viability and feasibility, performance history, etc.

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