$13.6 Million awarded to Native American/Alaska Native and Pacific Islander Communities

October 29, 2020

A total of 53 Native American/Alaska Native and Pacific Islander communities and organizations received 13.6 million dollars in federal grants last month from the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) located in HHS’ Administration for Children and Families. ANA promotes self-sufficiency for Native Americans by providing discretionary grant funding for community based projects, and training and technical assistance to eligible tribes and Native organizations. The grants will finance community-based projects to improve social, cultural and economic well-being.

The new grant awards were made under the following six FY2020 Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA):

  • Environmental Regulatory Enhancement Grant Awards - $807,632
  • Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS) - $8,012,231
  • Social and Economic Development Strategies Alaska (SEDS-AK) - $697,853
  • Social and Economic Development Strategies – Growing Organizations (SEDS-GO) - $1,426,709
  • Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance-Esther Martinez Immersion (EMI) – $1,009,429
  • Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance (P&M) - $1,690,437

“ANA received hundreds of amazing project proposals this year,” said Jeannie Hovland, ANA’s commissioner. “Proposals ranged from helping communities restore their endangered languages to improving healthcare through the integration of Native American culture into contemporary nursing education and practices. We are glad to support these exceptional projects and look forward to seeing the positive impacts they will have.”

ANA is proud to introduce a new funding opportunity, Social and Economic Development Strategies for Growing Organizations (SEDS-GO). The SEDS-GO program strengthens internal governance structures and capacity so that Tribes and Native organizations run more efficiently and effectively to better serve Native American communities. The SEDS-GO program contributes to ANA’s commitment to help tribes and Native organizations strengthen their competitiveness for federal and private sector grants and develop sound financial and programmatic management systems.

“For years I have heard from tribal leaders that funding does not reach the neediest Native communities. Some tribes and Native organizations need funds to help build their capacity and develop internal controls,” said Commissioner Hovland. “I am proud that SEDS-GO will help level the playing field and build necessary capacity.”

Through tribal consultations and various meetings with Native community members, ANA identified five priorities, to include Native Elders, Veterans, First Responders, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Woman (MMIW), and/or Anti-Human Trafficking. In response, the SEDS funding opportunity announcement allowed bonus points for these priority areas.

Quick Facts

  • A total of 53 Native American/Alaska Native and Pacific Islander communities and organizations received 13.6 million dollars in federal grants last month from ANA.
  • The grants will finance community-based projects to improve social, cultural and economic well-being.

Quotes

“ANA received hundreds of amazing project proposals this year.”
— Jeannie Hovland, commissioner of Administration for Native Americans
“Proposals ranged from helping communities restore their endangered languages to improving healthcare through the integration of Native American culture into contemporary nursing education and practices."
— Jeannie Hovland, commissioner of Administration for Native Americans
"We are glad to support these exceptional projects and look forward to seeing the positive impacts they will have.”
— Jeannie Hovland, commissioner of Administration for Native Americans
“For years I have heard from tribal leaders that funding does not reach the neediest Native communities."
— Jeannie Hovland, commissioner of Administration for Native Americans
"Some tribes and Native organizations need funds to help build their capacity and develop internal controls.”
— Jeannie Hovland, commissioner of Administration for Native Americans
“I am proud that SEDS-GO will help level the playing field and build necessary capacity.”
— Jeannie Hovland, commissioner of Administration for Native Americans

Contact

Administration for Children & Families
Office of Communications
330 C Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201

Phone: (202) 401-9215
Fax: (202) 205-9688
Email: media@acf.hhs.gov