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Social and Economic Development Strategies for Alaska-SEDS-AK

Grants to Alaska Native Village Governments,
Organizations, and Nonprofits to Strengthen Capacity

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Administration for Native Americans (ANA)

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06/30/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to Alaska Tribes, Native villages, nonprofit organizations, and Tribal governing bodies for projects that improve the governing capacity of local Tribal villages. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to four weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support programs addressing governance, economic development, and social development. The purpose of the SEDS-AK program is to promote social and economic self-sufficiency for Alaska Natives. The SEDS-AK program provides funding for projects designed to enhance governance and programmatic management capacity for Alaska Native villages to empower them to promote social and economic self-sufficiency for Alaska Natives.

The SEDS-AK supports the principle that social and economic development is interrelated and essential for the growth 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.

 SEDS-AK projects focus on one or more of the following three inter-related concepts, which form a foundation for self-sufficiency. (1) Social Development that supports local access to, control of, and coordination with programs and services that safeguard the health, well-being, and culture of Alaska Native peoples. (2) Economic Development that fosters the development of stable, diversified local economies and economic activities that provide jobs and business opportunities that promote economic well-being and self-sufficiency in Alaska Native communities. (3) Governance that assists Alaska Native tribes, Alaska Native organizations and Alaska Native village governments to increase their ability to enhance their administrative infrastructure and capacity to develop and enforce laws, regulations, codes, and policies that reflect and promote the interests of community members.

Due to the recent Congressional passage of the Indian Community Economic Enhancement Act of 2020, ANA will prioritize funding for applications seeking assistance for the following: (1) the development of a tribal code or courts system for purposes of economic development, including commercial codes, training for court personnel, and the development of non-profit subsidiaries or other tribal business structures; (2) the development of a native community development financial institution, including training and administrative expenses; and (3) the development of a tribal master plan for community and economic development and infrastructure. The new economic development legislative priorities will be incorporated into new program areas of interest for the SEDS-AK FOA. Applications that propose a legislative priority project should include the economic priority area(s) in the project goal, all objectives and indicators as reflected in the project’s framework, project approach, OWP, and outcome tracker. Ten bonus points will be awarded to applications that address one or more of these priority areas.

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GrantWatch ID#: 167698

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $200,000 Per Budget Period.
- Award Floor: $50,000 Per Budget Period.
- Average Projected Award Amount: $125,000 Per Budget Period.

Term of Contract:

An initial grant award will be for a 12-month budget period. The NCC award for projects approved for more than one 12-month project period will be subject to the availability of funds, satisfactory progress on the part of the grantee, and a determination that the continued funding would be in the best interest of the federal government. Grants will be awarded for 12-month budget periods throughout the project.

Anticipated Project Start Date: September 30, 2021

Length of Project Periods:
- 12-month project and budget period
- 24-month project with two 12-month budget periods
- 36-month project with three 12-month budget periods

Applicants may propose projects with project periods consisting of either 12, 24 or 36 months.


  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §2991b and 45 CFR §1336.33, eligible applicants under the SEDS-AK announcement include the following:
- Federally-recognized Indian tribes in Alaska, as recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA);
- Alaska Native villages as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) and/or non-profit village consortia;
- Non-profit Native organizations in Alaska with village-specific projects;
- Incorporated non-profit multi-purpose community-based Indian organizations (including Urban Indian Organizations as defined by 25 U.S.C. § 1603)(29));
- Urban Indian Centers;
- Native Community Development Financial Institutions (Native CDFIs);
- Incorporated non-profit Alaska Native multipurpose, community-based organizations;
- Non-profit Alaska Native Regional Corporations/Associations in Alaska with village-specific projects; or
- Non-profit Alaska Native community entities or tribal governing bodies (Indian Reorganization Act or Traditional Councils) as recognized by the BIA.

For a list of ineligible projects, see the RFP:

Pre-proposal Conference:

ANA provides regional Training and Technical Assistance Centers, as authorized by NAPA, to support grantees as well as potential applicants. Such support includes Pre-Application Workshops as well as a preliminary review of applications that are at least 75 percent completed. Applicants are encouraged to contact their regional TTA center or view the ANA website about the TTA services at

Pre-Application Information:

- Post Date: 04/06/2021
- Letter of Intent Due Date: 05/06/2021
- Application Due Date: 06/30/2021 at 11:59 PM ET

Applicants are strongly encouraged to notify ACF of their intention to submit an application under this announcement. Letter of intent information will be used to determine the number of expert reviewers needed to evaluate applications. The letter of intent is optional. Failure to submit a letter of intent will not impact eligibility to submit an application and will not disqualify an application from competitive review

ACF requires electronic submission of applications at Paper applications received from applicants that have not been approved for an exemption from required electronic submission will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

How to Register and Apply through
Read the following instructions about registering to apply for ACF funds. Applicants should read the registration instructions carefully and prepare the information requested before beginning the registration process. Reviewing and assembling the required information before beginning the registration process will alleviate last-minute searches for required information. The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.
- Obtain a DUNS Number: All entities applying for funding, including renewal funding, must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B).
- Register with SAM: In addition to having a DUNS number, organizations applying online through must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). All organizations must register with SAM in order to apply online. Failure to register with SAM will prevent your organization from applying through

Cost Sharing / Matching Requirement: Yes
- Grantees are required to meet a non-federal share of the project cost, in accordance with 42 U.S.C. 2991b(b).
- Grantees must provide at least 20 percent of the total approved cost of the project. The total approved cost of the project is the sum of the ACF (federal) share and the non-federal share. The non-federal share may be met by cash or in-kind contributions, although applicants are encouraged to meet their match requirements through cash contributions. For example, in order to meet the match requirements, a project requesting $200,000.00 in ACF (federal) funds must provide a non-federal share of the approved total project cost of at least $50,000, which is 20 percent of total approved project cost of $250,000.


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ANA Operations Administrative and Technical Support Team (OATS)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
Administration for Native Americans
Mary E. Switzer Memorial Building
330 C Street, SW., 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: (877) 922-9262
Fax: (202) 690-7441

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