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Active Grants in Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies

Published: October 7, 2016
Audience:
Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS)
Topics:
Economic Development, Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies
Types:
Fact Sheet

 

Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)

Alaskan Region

Grantee: Ketchikan Indian Corporation
Project Description: Ketchikan, Alaska is a beautiful, coastal Alaskan fishing town on the southern panhandle. It is known as the salmon capital of the world, and the abundance of our seasonal lifestyle is felt by all, including the almost 1 million visitors that come through our town each year. Unfortunately, the seasonal economy has not equally benefitted Ketchikan’s residents. The goal of this project is to reduce unemployment rates and increase average income for Alaska Native and American Indian residents of Ketchikan Gateway Borough by partnering with local business and industry to facilitate targeted training opportunities based on industry needs, including on-the-job training. Ketchikan Indian Community seeks to alleviate the problem bycreating access to training opportunities and work experience that may not otherwise be availableto under-skilled or under-educated AI/AN workers. Funding for this project focuses on building collaborative training partnerships with the areas major industry employers in order to increase accessibility for Alaska Natives and American Indians into high demand, year-round permanent jobs that provide a living wage.

  • Location: Ketchikan, AK
  • ANA T/TA Region: Alaska
  • Program Area: Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2016 - 9/29/2019
  • FY 2018 Award: $311,815

Grantee: Southcentral Foundation
Project Description: The project's goal is to provide training, employment, and development experience to Alaska Native and American Indian men. The program aims to provide the skills training and adaptive skills necessary for AN/AI men to transition from subsistence-based lifestyles to a cash-based lifestyle. Individual development plans will be made for participants that will include social, education, professional and spiritual development goals with employment targets.

  • Location: Anchorage, AK
  • ANA T/TA Region: Alaska
  • Program Area: Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2014 - 9/29/2019
  • FY 2018 Award: $433,350

Eastern Region

Iowa

Grantee: Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa
Project Description: The Meskwaki Nation will utilize SEEDS funding to: 1) grow the local tribal economy by diversifying Red Earth Gardens (an organic farm and permaculture project on Meskwaki Farmland); and 2) develop sustainable employment opportunities for young tribal members by formalizing training for various positions in the farm operational/agribusiness industry.

  • Location: Tama, IA
  • ANA T/TA Region: Eastern
  • Program Area: Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2015 - 9/29/2020
  • FY 2018 Award: $324,104

Maine

Grantee: Aroostook Band of Micmacs
Project Description: The Aroostook Band of Micmacs will establish a trout farm using a recirculating aquaculture system. Trout will be sold to the public and local restaurants, establishing a sustainable economic enterprise for the Tribe. The project includes business development, marketing, and aquaculture training for project participants to support overall economic development and entrepreneurship for tribal members.

  • Location: Presque Isle, ME
  • ANA T/TA Region: Eastern
  • Program Area: Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2015 - 9/29/2020
  • FY 2018 Award: $213,320

Grantee: Indian Township Passamaquoddy Development Agency
Project Description: The goal of the Indian Township Passamaquoddy Development Agency project is to increase the production, marketing and distribution of their locally harvested maple syrup. The Value-Added Processing (VAP) is an initiative lead by Indian Township and in partnership with the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point. This will focus on production of maple syrup for wholesale distribution. Value-Added Processing (VAP), the focus of this project, will add bottling, candies, creams, and other value-added products for retail/wholesale distribution to the product mix. Processing bulk syrup and bottling it in small containers can yield up to $120 per gallon, more than three times that of wholesale bulk syrup sales.

  • Location: Princeton, ME
  • ANA T/TA Region: Eastern
  • Program Area: Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2016 - 9/29/2021
  • FY 2018 Award: $397,656

Michigan

Grantee: Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
Project Description: The project goal is to promote self-sufficiency in LTBB communities by providing professional training and skill development that increases participant's employability and earning potential in the local manufacturing industry. The project will provide five years of both classroom-based and on-site technical training for participants as well as employment case management.

  • Location: Harbor Springs, MI
  • ANA T/TA Region: Eastern
  • Program Area: Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2014 - 9/29/2019
  • FY 2018 Award: $300,000

Nebraska

Grantee: Nebraska Indian Community College
Project Description: The goal of this project is to reduce unemployment and stimulate the economies of the Omaha Nation and the Santee Nation in Northeast, Nebraska. This will be done through job training and placement programs for construction, health care, and entrepreneurship in the local community and developed in partnership with Nebraska Indian Community College and its community partners.

  • Location: Macy, NE
  • ANA T/TA Region: Eastern
  • Program Area: Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2014 - 9/29/2019
  • FY 2018 Award: $400,000

New York

Grantee: Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe
Project Description: The Creating Akwesasne Tourism Industry Businesses & Jobs project is focused on creating a vibrant Akwesasne community cultural tourism industry, with effective tourism organizations and marketing, highly skilled managers, business owners and workers, and increased tourism employment for our community members through new tourism and expanded businesses.

  • Location: Hogansburg, NY
  • ANA T/TA Region: Eastern
  • Program Area: Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2016 - 9/29/2021
  • FY 2018 Award: $399,518

North Dakota

Grantee: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Project Description: During this 4-year project, the Tribe’s Paleontology Department will launch and market the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Institute of Natural History, including a gift shop that features the work of Tribal artists and increased number of field assistants at paleontology digs on the Reservation. This will result in 18 new jobs (5.4 FTEs) and the creation of one new business by the end of the project period.

  • Location: Fort Yates, ND
  • ANA T/TA Region: Eastern
  • Program Area: Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2014 - 9/29/2018
  • FY 2017 Award: $240,846

Oklahoma

Grantee: The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma
Project Description: This project aims to increase economic opportunities for tribal landowners through the establishment of 52 acres of vineyards. The tribe has an opportunity to purchase grapes locally with developments underway for the Seminole Nation Vineyard and Winery. This project will create 36 self-employed tribal grape growers, and will generate a projected minimum of $144,000 of revenues per year (all to be retained in the community) once the crops are fully producing.

  • Location: Wewoka, OK
  • ANA T/TA Region: Eastern
  • Program Area: Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2014 - 9/29/2019
  • FY 2018 Award: $421,598

South Dakota

Grantee: Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation
Project Description: This project will build the human capital on Pine Ridge both in terms of growing the capacity of individuals to obtain and retain jobs, and increasing the financial capability of others to become successful homeowners. The primary goal is to increase the hard construction, professional development, educational and life/planning skills of 50 tribal members (50 over 5-years), preparing them to obtain permanent jobs in the green home construction industry on Pine Ridge. A minimum of 90% will be placed in jobs.

  • Location: Porcupine, SD
  • ANA T/TA Region: Eastern
  • Program Area: Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2014 - 9/29/2019
  • FY 2018 Award: $449,883

Pacific Region

American Samoa

Grantee: Native American Samoan Advisory Council
Project Description: The purpose of this project is to equip 30 Native American Samoans with knowledge & skills (in traditional culture & business) that prepares them for successful ecotourism business ownership; involves them in the Territory’s economic
development and the preservation of Samoan culture & environment; and launches a community-driven ecotourism industry. This will result in creating five new native-owned ecotourism businesses and expanding one existing native-owned ecotourism business.

  • Location: Pago Pago, AS
  • ANA T/TA Region: Pacific
  • Program Area: Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2014 - 9/29/2019
  • FY 2018 Award: $285,979

Grantee: Pacific Youth and Community Development
Project Description: Provides training and first hand job experience to non-family caregivers in residential care and private home settings. Providing employment for 30 community and home-based service providers through public and private health service agencies and also helping project participants create microbusinesses.

  • Location: Pago Pago, AS
  • ANA T/TA Region: Pacific
  • Program Area: Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2015 - 9/29/2020
  • FY 2018 Award: $500,000

Hawaii

Grantee: Kanu o ka Aina Learning Ohana
Project Description: This project's goal is to improve the socioeconomic status of Native Hawaiians through increased teaching and school administrator employment opportunities. This is a pertinent project goal, as a shortage of qualified culturally competent teachers and school administrator’s native to Hawaii is a detriment to the local economy and puts Hawaiian children in jeopardy of academic failure.

  • Location: Kamuela, HI
  • ANA T/TA Region: Pacific
  • Program Area: Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2014 - 9/29/2019
  • FY 2018 Award: $363,383

Western Region

Arizona

Grantee: San Carlos Apache Tribe
Project Description: Expanding the San Carlos Training Institute by developing the Apache College, a tribally controlled higher education institution which will offer education, career development, and small business development training to increase the professional workforce capacity and employability of tribal members.

  • Location: San Carlos, AZ
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2014 - 9/29/2019
  • FY 2018 Award: $248,220

California

Grantee: California Indian Museum and Cultural Center
Project Description: The project goal is to train disconnected Native youth ages 15-24 in Sonoma County to become employable. This will involve in store training at the CIMCC's cultural shop as well as provide youth with GED completion assistance and technical training and skill development for work in specialty retail in Sonoma County.

  • Location: Santa Rosa, CA
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2014 - 9/29/2019
  • FY 2018 Award: $336,051

Grantee: Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel
Project Description: The Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel will substantively expand the tribally owned Volcan Machining, LLC to enhance the Tribe's economy. The tribe will by the end of year 5 expand Volcan Machining into a Super 8a small business and generate a minimum of 2 million a year in revenue and create 133 full time jobs with the machining firm.

  • Location: Santa Ysabel, CA
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2014 - 9/29/2019
  • FY 2018 Award: $200,000

Colorado

Grantee: First Nations Oweesta Corporation
Project Description: This project will help to build the capacity of five Native CDFIs through intensive and customized training, technical assistance, and shared learning experiences. In turn, each NCDFI will expand their capacity and increase their training and technical assistance to aspiring local Native entrepreneurs and small business owners. As a result, there will be 361 FTE new jobs created, an estimated 219 Native-owned businesses developed, and the NCDFIs will build sufficient financial strength to access an additional $1,250,000 in capital.

  • Location: Longmont, CO
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2014 - 9/29/2019
  • FY 2018 Award: $299,420

Grantee: Ute Mountain Ute Tribe
Project Description: The project goal is to improve self-sustainability and confidence of chronically under and unemployed Native Americans at Ute Mountain Ute Tribe (UMUT). The project focuses on establishing and developing work and technology trainings, establishing an entrepreneur incubator, and developing secondary youth programming to increase entry into higher education. The UMUT SEEDS project will serve as a first step toward a multi-year tribal plan to institute a state-of-the-art community education center, including hubs for multiple broadband-streaming colleges, high-tech medical and digital labs, a high-definition auditorium, STEM studios for K-12 youth, industry innovation workshops, galleries, and a community.

  • Location: Towaoc, CO
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2015 - 9/29/2020
  • FY 2018 Award: $492,091

Montana

Grantee: Aaniiih Nakoda College
Project Description: The Aaniiih Nakoda College will train Aaniien and Nakoda tribal members as nursing assistants and certified nurses. This project includes establishment of an Associates of Science in Nursing at the Aaniiih Nakoda College and employment placement services for program graduates.

  • Location: Harlem, MT
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2015 - 9/29/2020
  • FY 2018 Award: $300,000

Grantee: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
Project Description: The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe will create a workforce capable of accessing emerging employment and entrepreneurship opportunities to support sustainable, livable-wage employment on the Reservation by establishing a Workforce Enhancement Resource Center, developing a series of stackable credentials leading into a certificate in health professions and continuing education and provide job-readiness training.

  • Location: Pablo, MT
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2016 - 9/29/2021
  • FY 2018 Award: $105,956

New Mexico

Grantee: New Mexico Community Capital
Project Description: This project will create an environment for Native entrepreneurs that will maximize the probability of business revenue, incomes, and job growth in Native-owned startup and existing companies by providing physical space, direct investment capital, entrepreneurial training and development, and access to one-on-one business expertise and financial networks.

  • Location: Albuquerque, NM
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2014 - 9/29/2019
  • FY 2018 Award: $350,890

Grantee: Pueblo of Pojoaque
Project Description: The Pueblo of Pojoaque would like to create sustainable employment and to develop complementary enterprises. They will offer training and mentorship opportunities to staff at their tribal cultural museum. In addition they will offer training to local artist to enhance their ability to market products and increase revenues. Lastly they will develop 5 additional cultural enterprises including Eco tours, Native Artists craft markets and showcases, and an expanded gift shop to support developing artists, and increase tribal revenues.

  • Location: Santa Fe, NM
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2016 - 9/29/2019
  • FY 2018 Award: $268,755

Oregon

Grantee: Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua & Siuslaw Ind
Project Description: The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua & Siuslaw Indians will develop a business incubator to provide resources and support to nurture and train tribal members to start, grow, and prosper in their own business. Within the 60 months of the project period, a minimum of 15 businesses owned by tribal members and nurtured by the business incubator will be operating sustainably.

  • Location: Coos Bay, OR
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2015 - 9/29/2020
  • FY 2018 Award: $85,702

Washington

Grantee: Kalispel Tribe of Indians
Project Description: The Kalispel Indian Community of the Kalispel Reservation will be creating a workforce capable of accessing emerging job opportunities in Tribal controlled enterprises by expanding their Kalispel Linen Services.

  • Location: Cusick, WA
  • ANA T/TA Region: Western
  • Program Area: Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)
  • Project Period: 9/30/2016 - 9/29/2019
  • FY 2018 Award: $270,837
Last Reviewed: November 15, 2018