Multiple ANA Funding Opportunities are Now Available

ANA subscribes to the philosophy that sustainable change must originate within the community. To receive ANA funding, communities develop their own project plans and submit them for review. ANA provides funding in three program areas: Social and Economic Development Strategies, Native American Languages, and Environmental Regulatory Enhancement. What’s so unique about ANA’s funding is that, unlike many other Federal agencies, ANA funding is very flexible and grantees are encouraged to submit projects that are driven by their community and are inclusive of their culture. Each community identifies their goal towards achieving a long-term community vision.

We are happy to share that several of our 2020 Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) are now published and live! The following funding opportunities are now available:

  • Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance (P&M)
  • Esther Martinez Immersion (EMI)
    • ANA's EMI FOA provides funding for community-based projects that ensure continuing vitality of Native languages through immersion-based instruction. Programs funded under the EMI funding opportunity announcement must meet the requirements for either a Native American Language Nest, or a Native American Survival School, as defined by Esther Martinez Native American Languages Preservation Act.
  • Environmental Regulatory Enhancement (ERE)
  • Social & Economic Development Strategies (SEDS)
    • The ANA SEDS program is focused on community-driven projects designed to grow local economies, strengthen Native American families, including the preservation of Native American cultures, and decrease the high rate of current challenges caused by the lack of community-based businesses, and social and economic infrastructure in Native American communities. New this year: Through tribal consultations and various meetings throughout Native communities, ANA has identified several priority areas that may benefit from funding for community-based solutions through the SEDS program in FY2020. The priority areas, which include special populations and social issues, are as follows: Native Elders, Veterans, First Responders, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW), and/or Anti-Human Trafficking. To ensure ANA is meeting the needs of these special populations, bonus points will be awarded to several priority areas.
  • Social and Economic Development Strategies for Alaska (SEDS-AK)

Applications for these are due Monday, June 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., ET (please note that this date is subject to change; refer to the opportunity on for all official updates).

The FOAs spell out the requirements of applying for and carrying out an ANA grant. You can get started by downloading the FOAs. If you’re not certain about which FOA to apply for, you can read descriptions of our three main program areas on our website. In addition, we encourage you to check out the resources page on our website, including the Pre-Application Training Manual, which helps applicants with “nuts and bolts” information on the federal application process and how to prepare an application that meets all of the requirements in ANA’s FOAs. (Please note that this manual is currently being updated for 2020. It will be available at this link once ready).

Our training and technical assistance teams are available to offer free technical assistance to all potential applicants throughout the process.

If this is your first time applying for federal funds, you should be sure your organization has established a DUNS number and is registered for both the System for Award Management ( and If your entity has already established accounts on and, be sure your accounts are active and passwords haven’t expired. They must be updated annually. Each year, applications are unable to be submitted by the deadline because applicants didn’t have their registrations setup in time or renewed.

In addition, all users who are working on your application must have accounts set up on the Workspace.