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Economic Development Resource Guide for Tribes and Tribal Communities

Published: January 3, 2018
Tribal TANF
TANF Guidance, Tribal TANF Plans
Individual Development Accounts (IDAs):

The Office of Family Assistance (OFA) Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (Tribal TANF), Administration for Native Americans (ANA), and the Office of Community Services (OCS) have created this Economic Development Resource Guide to assist tribes to better understand the economic development options available through our programs at the Administration for Children and Families.

  • The Tribal TANF program gives federally recognized tribes flexibility in the design of programs that promote self- sufficiency, work and strengthens native families. Our programs help to reduce dependency on public funds and social services while increasing self sufficiency and economic well-being for native 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.
  • OCS partners with states, communities and agencies to eliminate causes of poverty, increase self-sufficiency of individuals and families and revitalize communities. OCS has two discretionary programs that provide economic development support: Community Economic Development and Assets for Independence.

This resource provides information, program guidance and includes examples of projects and services established by tribes for the purpose of economic development using ANA, OCS and/or Tribal TANF funds. This resource can assist you to think about potential partnerships, job creation strategies or ways to increase self-sufficiency in your community through economic development




Last Reviewed: March 19, 2019