Native American Community Research, Demonstration, and Pilot Projects

To promote economic and social self-sufficiency for American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Native American Pacific Islanders from American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

The SEDS-Alaska 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 that build and strengthen core governmental capacity in the areas of administration and project management at the Alaska Native Village level that target support and attention to core capacity of Alaska Native Village governments that is otherwise unavailable but is nonetheless an integral foundation of social and economic self-sufficiency in Alaska.

Related Programs93.612 Native American Programs

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.



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grant funding may be used for such purposes as: (1) Governance- which is defined as increasing the ability of 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.; (2) Economic Development-Projects that promote the creation of a sustainable local economy and promote individual self-sufficiency.; (3) Strengthening Families-Incorporating culturally relevant strategies to strengthen families and promote family preservation, responsible parenting, and healthy relationship skills; and to foster the well-being of children and (4) Social Development-Projects that develop and implement culturally appropriate strategies to meet the social service needs of Native Americans.

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.

Activities in support of any foreseeable litigations against the United States Government that is unallowable under the Office of Management and Budget Circulars A-87 and A-122, 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.

Grant funding may be used for such purposes as: (1) testing and measuring the effect of collaborative community-based projects in Native American communities, (2) new approaches for the use of data to document results and ensure accountability, (3) integration of plans and resources at the Native Village-level to promote sustainable supports and services for Native American families, children, and communities; and (4) evaluation of collaborative processes to promote self-sufficiency and well-being for Alaska Natives.



Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federally recognized Indian tribes in Alaska; Alaska Native Villages as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANSCA) and/or non-profit Village consortia; incorporated nonprofit Alaska Native multi-purpose community-based organizations; nonprofit Alaska Native Regional Corporations in Alaska with village specific projects; and nonprofits Native organizations in Alaska with Village specific projects.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Alaska Natives will benefit.

Credentials/Documentation

Non-profit organizations must submit proof of non-profit status. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

All applicants must submit documentation demonstrating that the governing
body of the organization on whose behalf the application is submitted approves the application s submission to ANA for the current grant competition period .

Please see the funding opportunity announcement for more information.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. ACF requires electronic submission of applications at www.Grants.gov. 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 http://www.acf.hhs.gov/grants-forms.

Award Procedures

All funds are awarded directly to the grantees.

Deadlines

Not Applicable.

Authorization

Native American Programs Act of 1974, Title VIII, Section 805, Public Law 102-375, 42 U.S.C 2991d.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days. All funds are awarded directly to the grantees.

Appeals

From 30 to 60 days. Appeals are only available upon a finding of ineligibility for funding and are subject to ANA regulations at 45 CFR 1336.35 and HHS regulations in 45 CFR 16.

Renewals

From 30 to 60 days. Other - Not Specified.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 25.%. The 20% match is required unless waived in accordance with criteria published in 45 CFR 1336.50.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grantees may apply for non-competitive continuation support within a project period of 1 to 3 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

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

0970-0429, expiration date 04 /31/2015) on the GrantSolutions system and report financial information using the SF-425 form..

ANA reviews grantee semiannual and annual reports to determine whether the grantee is meeting its goal and objectives and completing activities identified in the 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 on grantee-submitted reports and through the use of structured on-site interviews using a data collection tool (OMB No.

0970-0379, expiration date 05/31/2016).

No expenditure reports are required.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.

Audits

No audits are required for this program.

Records

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements in 45 CFR 74 and 92.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-1536-0-1-506.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 13 $0; FY 14 est $1,000,000; and FY 15 est $1,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Carmelia A. Strickland 370 L"Enfant Promenade, SW
, Washington, District of Columbia 20447 Email: Carmelia.Strickland@acf.hhs.gov Phone: 877-922-92962

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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