SEDS Program Areas of Interest

Publication Date: December 16, 2019

Program areas of interest for this FOA include, but are not limited to, the following:

Social Development: Projects that develop and implement culturally appropriate strategies to meet the social service needs and well-being of Native Americans. Examples include:

  • Addressing Mental Health - Promoting safety, resilience, and protective factors necessary to foster mental health, reduce incidences of suicide and suicidal ideation, and respond to the effects of historical trauma.
  • Anti-Human Trafficking - Developing strategies, tribal codes, awareness campaigns, training or education opportunities, reporting procedures, data collection systems, partnerships with law enforcement, and other activities that support work to end human trafficking.
  • Community Health - Promoting improved access to care and quality of care through coordinated local and regional approaches, expanding access to healthy foods, and supporting environmental health.
  • Early Childhood Development - Supporting stable and high-quality, culturally appropriate childhood education programs; creating early childhood education jobs; and improving community-wide planning and coordination of early childhood programs.
  • Missing and Murdered Native Americans - Supporting safety, resilience, data improvement, and protective factors that reduce incidences of missing or murdered Native Americans including in rural, urban, and Pacific Island communities.
  • Native Arts and Culture - Developing or enhancing activities that promote, preserve, or restore Native culture and arts.
  • Nutrition and Fitness - Promoting increased knowledge and participation in activities that promote healthy foods, active lifestyles, the reduction of obesity, reduction of childhood obesity, and other healthy-living habits.
  • People with Disabilities and Community Living - Developing and coordinating services to assist people with disabilities and Elders by helping them to reach increased independence, productivity, and integration within the community.
  • Public Safety and Security - Developing or enhancing community-based initiatives to protect the community from external threats and reduce insecurity, violence, and crime.
  • Strengthening Families and Parents - Incorporating culturally relevant strategies to strengthen families and promote family preservation, healthy relationship skills, responsible parenting (including fatherhood), marriage preservation and counseling, and fostering the well-being of children.
  • Substance Abuse, Smoking, and Vaping - Community outreach, education programs, and coordination that support the prevention of substance abuse, including opioid addiction, smoking, and vaping.
  • Youth Development - Improving the well-being of youth through life-skills training, leadership development, workforce development training, mentoring programs, cultural connectedness, educational enhancements, and juvenile crime prevention.

Economic Development: Projects that promote the creation of a sustainable local economy to enhance the economic independence of Native people. Examples include:

  • Agriculture - Creating, developing, or enhancing agricultural enterprise and sustainable farming projects with a focus on distribution at local and commercial markets.
  • Asset Building - Increasing availability of effective financial education and other asset-building strategies for individuals and families.
  • Career Pathways - Using multi-sector partnerships with entities such as Tribal Colleges, workforce development agencies, social service providers, and employers to develop workforce training programs that respond to local employers’ hiring needs.
  • Commercial Trade - Strengthening local economies by increasing the availability of, or demand for, locally produced goods and services.
  • Economic Competitiveness - Creating, expanding, and retaining businesses to reflect distinct economies operating in rural and urban areas, in both mature and emergent sectors.
  • Economic Infrastructure - Addressing economic infrastructure needs that will strengthen business development and job creation in Native communities.
  • Economic Stability - Conducting the necessary planning and/or research to support achievement of long-range economic development goals. Examples may include establishing a separate division to administer economic development programs or performing gap or value-added analyses to identify strengths and weaknesses in the local economy. Strengthening an organization’s capacity to deliver programs that promote economic development and security.
  • Entrepreneurship and Microbusiness - Promoting entrepreneurial development through business incubators and other activities that support businesses and market the availability of local products or services.
  • Opportunity Zones- Stimulating economic development and job creation in distressed low-income communities by incentivizing long-term capital investment.
  • Place-based Economic Development - Using a tribe or community’s local or regional assets and resources and collaborating with multiple stakeholders to address economic development barriers.
  • Subsistence Lifeways - Enhancing subsistence and agricultural activities to retain or revitalize traditional Native food sources and practices.
  • Tourism - Planning or developing resources, services, and businesses that promote travel, recreation, and tourism, or branding to tell the story of Native Americans as the First Peoples of the United States. Projects may utilize the arts or other cultural resources to help revitalize Native communities, promote economic development, increase livability, and present the uniqueness of the Native communities to visitors in a way that celebrates the diversity of the United States.
  • Workforce Development - Developing activities that promote short- and long-term job creation by supporting targeted training of individuals to develop new technical skills, secure new credentials, and gain experience that will lead to jobs created and increased earned income.

Governance: Governance is defined as increasing the ability of tribal and Alaska Native villages, and territorial governments to exercise local control and decision-making, and to develop and enforce laws, regulations, codes, and policies that reflect and promote the interests of community members. Examples include:

  • Comprehensive Intergovernmental Strategies - Developing comprehensive intergovernmental strategies involving tribal, state, and federal governments to meet the needs of community members.
  • Emergency Preparedness - Planning and coordinating emergency response services within the community and with state and local governments to protect against the acts of nature and other catastrophic events such as floods and hazardous material exposure.
  • Federal Recognition (One-time support) - Offering one-time support to tribes during any stage in the process of seeking federal recognition.
  • Governmental or Organizational Administration - Developing and amending tribal constitutions, by-laws and codes, and council or executive branch policies and procedures to improve the regulatory, judicial, and administrative infrastructure of tribal and village governments; supporting and enforcing business and investment transactions, contracts, and property rights; rights and procedures addressing family and child welfare issues; and enhance intergovernmental relations, including clarifying tribal jurisdiction.
  • Leadership Skills - Enriching and strengthening the management and organizational capacities of tribal governments, governing boards, tribally owned enterprises, and community leaders.
  • Self-Governance Infrastructure and Planning - Building the capacity and infrastructure to enter into self-governance compacts and other arrangements with funding agencies to take advantage of administrative flexibilities to more effectively operate programs.
  • Technology Infrastructure - Establishing and implementing information management systems for effective and efficient administration of tribal governments and governing boards.
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