ANA promotes social and economic self-sufficiency in communities through SEDS grants. These competitive financial assistance grants support locally determined projects designed to reduce or eliminate community problems and achieve community goals.
This approach to promoting self-sufficiency encourages communities to shift away from programs that result in dependency on services and move toward projects that increase community and individual productivity through community development. SEDS grants fund social and economic development projects in on- and off-reservation native communities and provide federal support for self-determination and self-governance among Native American people.
Governance funding is only available to tribes. The governance component under the SEDS program assists tribes with the development and implementation of projects that support and enhance tribal governing capabilities.
Special Initiatives under SEDS include the Native Asset Building Initiative (NABI) and Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS).