SEDS Special Program Areas

Social and Economic Development Strategies for Alaska (SEDS-AK)

Social and Economic Development Strategies for Alaska (SEDS-AK) is designed to provide targeted support for Village-specific projects to improve and strengthen the administrative and management capacity of Alaska Native Village governments, governments that are central to social and economic self-sufficiency in Alaska. This program promotes economic and social self-sufficiency for Alaska Natives and is intended to respond to the unique governmental structures in Alaska. The SEDS-AK program supports the principle that social and economic development are interrelated and essential for the development of thriving Native communities. ANA is interested in supporting community-driven projects that build and strengthen core governmental capacity in the areas of administration and project management at the Alaska Native Village level. The program targets support and attention to the enhancement of core capacity for Alaska Native Village governments, which is an integral foundation of social and economic self-sufficiency in Alaska.

Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD)

The purpose of the Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development ( I-LEAD) is to support local community projects that foster Native youth resiliency, and to empower Native youth across four broad domains of activity: (1) Native youth leading (leadership development), (2) Native youth connecting (building positive identity, community connection, and social-emotional health), (3) Native youth learning (educational success), and (4) Native youth working (workforce readiness). These domains, combined with promotion of the role of supportive adults, form a framework for inter-related strategies that support capacity building, inter-generational engagement and understandings, and the empowerment and self-development of Native youth.

Because Native youth are central to the solutions within their own communities, I-LEAD projects are intended to be youth centered and demonstrably youth driven. For this initiative, youth are defined as young people that are 14 to 24 years-old.

ANA is particularly interested in projects that incorporate and highlight Native indigenous wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. The Funding Opportunity Announcement is designed to solicit projects that emphasize building local capacity to support Native youth well-being; develop new strategies or the extension of traditional approaches; improve outcomes for Native American youth; and increase knowledge and the evidence or practice base for effective community-determined approaches that contribute to the health and well-being of children and youth as they move into adulthood.

*New funding for I-LEAD was discontinued in FY18, but there are still several active awards.

Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies Initiative

One of ANA’s primary goals is to promote economic self-sufficiency for American Indians, Native Hawaiians, Alaskan Natives, and Native American Pacific Islanders, including American Samoa Natives. In pursuit of this goal, ANA launched a special funding initiative under the Social and Economic Development Strategies grant competition in fiscal year 2013: Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies, or SEEDS.

Four priorities that ANA promotes through the SEEDS initiative are: 1) the creation of sustainable employment opportunities; 2) the provision of professional training and skill development to increase participants’ employability and earning potential; 3) the creation and development of small businesses and entrepreneurial activities, and; 4) a demonstrated strategy for and commitment to keeping jobs and revenue generated by project activities within the Native communities being served.

*New funding for SEEDS was discontinued in FY16, but there are still several active awards.

Native Asset Building Initiative

The Native Asset Building Initiative (NABI), launched in fiscal year 2012, is another special funding initiative under ANA’s Social and Economic Development Strategies grant competition. NABI is a partnership between the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) and Office of Community Services (OCS). The partnership focuses on building the capacity of tribes and Native organizations to effectively plan projects and develop competitive applications for funding under the Office of Community Services’ Assets for Independence (AFI) program.

The AFI focus of each project requires that eligible participants are given access to matched savings accounts, called Individual Development Accounts (IDA), in which participants save earned income for the purchase of a home, for business capitalization, or to attend higher education or training. Participants are also given access to other supportive services that enable them to become more financially secure. The IDA portion of the project is funded by OCS.

ANA funds may be used to pay for costs associated with the administration of the AFI-funded IDA project and the provision of other asset building activities, such as financial literacy education and coaching on money management and consumer issues.

Applicants submit one application identifying a single work plan with two budgets, reflecting OCS-AFI funding and ANA-SEDS funding separately. Each successful application receives two awards; one from OCS, and one from ANA.

More information about AFI and the NABI partnership.

New funding for NABI was discontinued in FY16, but there are still several active awards.

Last Reviewed Date: