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The ANA Messenger: Native Languages Edition 2014

Published: February 19, 2014
Native Languages
Grantee Resources, Language Immersion

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Health and Human Services continues to assist Tribes with access to HHS Grants

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Secretary Sebelius has charged the Intra-agency Council on Native American Affairs (ICNAA) to develop, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive initiative to increase Tribal accessibility to HHS grants.  The latest effort is to host a day and a half-long workshop January 22-23, 2014 with over 100 tribal representatives in attendance. The workshop is designed so that Tribes and HHS staff can participate together to improve tribal access to grants. In addition, the Department will unveil and provide technical assistance for the Grants Matrix Tool. The training will be video-taped and made available at a later date to assist those not able to attend. 

The workshop has three objectives:

  1. To inform tribal communities about current HHS tools for accessing grant opportunities and the grants process at HHS
  2. To receive feedback from tribal communities on how HHS can improve accessibility
  3. To build a better working relationship between HHS and tribal communities. 

The following activities have been completed so far to increase access and availability:

  • Awareness training was conducted in December of 2011 to HHS grants and program officials to offer ways to improve Tribes access. The “Supporting Tribal Access to Grants” workshop was held and included strategies for partnering with the Office of Grants Policy Oversight, and Evaluation to assist in bridging barriers to obtaining maximum grant funding opportunities for Tribes. Over 200 grants and program officials from across the Department attended the training.  
  • In 2012, HHS hosted a webinar for tribal communities titled, “Finding HHS Grant Opportunities for Tribes.”
  • Starting in 2010, we asked each of the grant making divisions at the Department to take a look at the grants they offer to determine tribal eligibility as well as ineligibility, in instances of ineligibility, we asked divisions to identify the barriers to eligibility whether they are policy, programmatic or regulatory in nature; 
  • The ICNAA has collected, reviewed and finalized all data and will unveil and discuss the resulting Grants Matrix Tool from this nearly three year project.


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