Announcing our FY 2019 FOAs

Hau Mitkauyapi (Hello My Relatives),

I am excited to announce the release of the Administration for Native American’s (ANA) Fiscal Year 2019 Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs). You can download these announcements on ANA’s funding page.

Our mission at ANA is to promote self-sufficiency for Native communities and Native projects in urban areas. To do this, the Administration for Native Americans provides discretionary grant funding for community-based projects to eligible tribes and Native organizations. In a typical year, ANA receives more than 300 applications for funding across one of our three program areas: Social and Economic Development Strategies, Native Languages, and Environmental Regulatory Enhancement.

ANA grant funding is unique because our FOAs allow you to identify, design, and carry out projects based on what your community priorities and needs are. ANA is also unique in that, through our regional Training and Technical Assistance centers, eligible grant applicants have access to free training and technical assistance. ANA is organized into four geographic regions: East, West, Alaska, and Pacific. For more information you can find your region’s contact information here. If your organization or tribe is interested in applying for ANA funding this year, I highly encourage you to start at our Applicant Training & Technical Assistance page.

One of the most fulfilling parts about my job is getting to see the positive impact ANA’s funding is having in Native communities. Since I began my tenure as ANA Commissioner six months ago, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to dozens of ANA grantee sites. From Montana to Hawaii, to Alaska and the Great Plains, and most recently Virginia. I’ve been able to witness first-hand the many diverse, unique, and successful projects.

Back in November, at ANA’s first-ever Pacific Indigenous Peoples Summit followed by ANA’s Annual Grantee Meeting, I was able to see the great work being done through ANA funding. Over the course of four days, ANA grantees, federal staff, experts, and our partner agencies gathered to share experiences, exchange ideas, provide feedback, collaborate with one another, and learn about award management. It was a great success and a highly interactive event, which featured several structured networking break-outs, plenary sessions, and more than 40 workshops and listening sessions—many of which were led or co-led by current ANA grantees.

I was honored and humbled that Ms. Marcella LeBeau, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, a 99-year old advocate, storyteller, mother, and WWII Army Nurse, traveled to the grantee meeting to share her wisdom with all in attendance. ANA, together with colleagues from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, congressional staff, and White House leadership, recognized Ms. LeBeau for her decades of outstanding public service to her community and her country.

While great things are taking place in Native communities, I know there is much work to be done. This is why I’ve made it a priority to ensure ANA is collaborating with key federal partners and sister agencies to look at new ways to utilize our resources--while avoiding duplication of services—as we continually advocate for Native communities.

I look forward to seeing the application proposals we receive in the FY 2019 FOAs and I encourage you to be creative in your project vision as you work to strengthen the circle in your community. Feel free to browse current ANA grantees on our website to see the creative projects already in the works. Many blessings to you in 2019!

Pidamayapi ksto (Thank You),

Jeannie Hovland