Native American Programs

To provide financial assistance to American Indian non-profit Native Tribes and Villages, and for Native Hawaiians and Native American Pacific Islander organizations for the development and implementation of social and economic development strategies that promote self-sufficiency.

These project
are expected to result in improved social and economic conditions in Native American communities and to increase the effectiveness of Tribes and Native non-profit Organizations in meeting their social and economic goals.

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

Program Accomplishments

In FY 2007, 144 SEDS grants were awarded. It is anticipated that approximately 150 grants will be awarded in FY 2008, and 140 in FY 2009.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants may be used for such purposes as, but not limited to: (1) Governance Projects which assist Tribal and village governments to exercise local control and decision-making over their resources; (2) Economic Development Projects, which promote the long term mobilization and management of economic resources necessary to achieve a diversified economy; and (3) Social Development Projects which support local access to, control of, and coordination of services and programs for the social benefit of community members.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Public and private nonprofit agencies, including but not limited to, governing bodies of Indian Tribes on Federal and State reservations, Alaska Native villages and regional corporations established by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, such public and nonprofit private agencies serving Native Hawaiians, Indian and Alaska Native organizations in urban or rural nonreservation areas, and Native American Pacific Islanders (American Samoan Natives, and indigenous peoples of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana).

Beneficiary Eligibility

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


Nonprofit organizations must submit proof of nonprofit status. Applicable costs and administrative procedures will be determined in accordance with Parts 74 and 92 of the Code of Federal Regulations, which implement the requirements of applicable OMB Circular Nos. A-87, A-21, and A-122.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Information regarding the availability of grant funds will be posted on and the ACF Funding Opportunities websites as Program Announcements. Program Announcements will provide details on program objectives for which applications are being solicited and other application requirements. The Administration for Native Americans will provide each applicant with the appropriate forms for the application for Federal assistance and instructions for applying for grants from the Administration for Native Americans programs. Hard copy applications should be submitted to U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Grants Management, Mail Stop Aerospace Center 6th Floor-East, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447. Electronic submissions are submitted through

Award Procedures

All funds are awarded directly to the grantees.


Each program announcement specifies the due date for submission of applications.


Native American Programs Act of 1974, as amended, Public Law 93-644; Older Americans Act Amendments of 1987, Title V, Public Law 100-175; Indian Reorganization Act Amendments, Section 215, Public Law 100-581; Older Americans Act Amendments of 1992, Title VIII, Public Law 102-375; 42 U.S.C. 2991 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

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


Appeals are processed in accordance with HHS regulations in 45 CFR 16.


Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula for distribution of funds. A matching share of 20 percent of the total approved project cost is required unless waived in accordance with criteria which are also published in 45 CFR 1336.50. Matching requirements under $200,000 (including in-kind contributions) are waived for applications originating from the Native American Pacific Islands in accordance with Sec. 501(d), Public Law 95-134, as amended (48 U,S,C, 1469a). This program has maintenance of effort requirements; see funding agency for further details. Waiver requirements are contained in 45 CFR, Part 1336.50.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grantees may apply for competitive continuation support within a project period of 1 to 3 years.

Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly Financial Status Reports, Report of Federal Cash Transactions, and Quarterly Project Progress Reports, are required.


Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements in 45 CFR 74 and 92.


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



FY 07 $34,000,000; FY 08 $35,000,000; FY 09 est $34,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range $25,000 to $500,000. Average $250,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Regulations are published in 45 CFR 1336.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Administration for Native Americans, Department of Health and Human Services, Mail Stop Aerospace Center 2th Floor-West 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447. Contact: Director of Program Operations, (877) 922-9262.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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

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