Administration for Native Americans

330 C Street SW
4th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20201
(202) 690-7776 Phone (Toll free: 1-877-922-9262)
(202) 690-8145 Fax

The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) provides discretionary grant funding to Tribes (both federally and not federally recognized), Native Hawaiians, and non-profit organizations in all 50 States and Native populations in the Pacific Basin (including American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). In addition, ANA provides oversight of the Native Hawaiian Revolving Loan Fund, administered by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs; conducts evaluations of the impact and effectiveness of ANA grants; and the Commissioner serves as the chair of the Interdepartmental Council on Native American Affairs, ICNAA. ICNAA advises the Secretary of HHS on the development of policies, programs, and budgets, and their administration affecting Native Americans.

ANA Mission:

The mission of ANA is to promote the goal of self-sufficiency and cultural preservation for Native Americans by providing social and economic development opportunities. To accomplish this, ANA provides financial assistance, training, and technical assistance to eligible Tribes and Native American communities.  In support of self-sufficiency, ANA projects are planned, designed, and implemented by Native American community members to address their particular needs.  ANA subscribes to the philosophy that sustainable change must originate within the community.

ANA Funding Opportunity Areas:

  • Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS)
  • Social and Economic Development Strategies for Alaska-SEDS-AK
  • Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)
  • Native Asset Building Initiative Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance
  • Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance – Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Environmental Regulatory Enhancement

ANA Goals:

  • Social Development – Invest in human and social capital to advance the needs of Native Americans, while incorporating culturally appropriate activities to enhance tribal, native community, and Alaska Native village goals.
  • Economic Development - Promote the physical, commercial, technological, and industrial development of stable, diversified local economies, and economic activities, which will provide jobs, promote economic well-being, and reduce dependency on public funds and social services.
  • Language Preservation and Maintenance – Preserve, maintain, and revitalize Native American languages.
  • Esther Martinez Native American Languages Preservation Act amended the Native American Programs Act of 1974 to provide for the revitalization of Native American languages through native language immersion and restoration programs.
  • Environmental Regulatory Enhancement – Enhance the capacity of Tribes to build and sustain environmentally healthy communities through the development of  regulations, ordinances, laws, monitoring and enforcement, and training and education of employees responsible for enforcing or monitoring compliance with environmental laws.

ANA Eligibility – Who is eligible for ANA funding?

  • Federally recognized Indian Tribes
  • Consortia of Indian tribes
  • Incorporated non-federally recognized Tribes
  • Incorporated nonprofit multipurpose community-based Indian organizations
  • Urban Indian Centers
  • National or regional incorporated nonprofit Native American organizations with Native American community-specific objectives
  • Alaska Native villages as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) and/or nonprofit village consortia
  • Incorporated nonprofit Alaska Native multipurpose community based organizations
  • Nonprofit Alaska Native Regional Corporations/Associations in Alaska with village-specific projects
  • Nonprofit Native organizations in Alaska with village specific projects
  • Public and nonprofit private agencies serving Native Hawaiians with at least 51 percent of governing board representative of Native Hawaiians
  • Public and nonprofit private agencies serving native peoples from Guam, American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (the populations served may be located on these islands or in the continental United States) with at least 51 percent of governing board representative of Native Pacific Islanders
  • Native-controlled community colleges, and Native-controlled post-secondary vocational institutions, colleges and universities located on Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands that serve Native peoples
  • Nonprofit Alaska Native community entities or Native governing bodies (Indian Reorganization Act or Traditional Councils) as recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs

Training and Technical Assistance

ANA provides free training and technical assistance to potential applicants and current grantees through contractors in each ANA geographic region (East, West, Alaska, and Pacific Basin). This includes:

  • Project development training
  • Pre-application training
  • Pre-application electronic technical assistance
  • Post Award training
  • Webinars on ANA project management as well as topics related to ANA’s funding areas

ANA Resources

Please visit ANA’s website for links to the following resources and more:

  • Indian Business Guides
  • Native Language Preservation: A Reference Guide for Establishing Archives and Repositories
  • Native American Veterans: Storytelling for Healing
  • Family Preservation Idea Guide
  • Reference Guide for Native American Family Preservation Programs
  • Non-profit Toolkit
  • Pre-application Training Manual
  • Project Planning and Development Manual
  • Economic Development Resource Guide
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