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

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Grants will finance community-based projects to improve social, cultural, and economic well-being

News Release

Administration for Children and Families

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 United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families. 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

“Administration for Native Americans received hundreds of amazing project proposals this year,” said Jeannie Hovland, Administration for Native Americans’ 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.”

Administration for Native Americans 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 Administration for Native Americans’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, Administration for Native Americans 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.

To learn more, visit the Administration for Native Americans or the National Human Trafficking Hotline websites.

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