Grant Details

Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS) - FY 2024

Agency: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
CFDA: 93.612
Federal FON: HHS-2024-ACF-ANA-NA-0050
Office: Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Administration for Native Americans (ANA)
Multipart Grant: No
Next Due: 05/20/2024 (Application)
Solicitation Date: 03/19/2024
Match Required: Yes
Match Type: Cash/In-Kind
Actual Funds: $13,000,000 (Estimated)
Award Range: $100,000 (Min)
Number of Awards: 14 (Estimated)

The purpose of this program is to promote the social and economic independence of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native American Pacific Islanders from American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Rather than providing ongoing program funding, this program provides project-specific funding for community-driven projects focused on growing local economies, supporting community-based businesses, strengthening Native American families, preserving Native American cultures, and increasing social development and infrastructure in Native American communities.

Projects must focus on the following three connected concepts that form a foundation for sovereignty and self-determination:

  • Social development that supports programs and services that safeguard the health, well-being, and culture of Native peoples
  • Economic development that supports the development of stable, diversified local economies that provide jobs and business opportunities, promoting economic well-being in Native American communities
  • Governance that assists tribes, Native organizations, and Alaska Native village governments to increase their ability to enhance administrative infrastructure and capacity to develop and enforce laws, regulations, codes, and policies that benefit the community

Projects will include specific strategies for enhancing or improving community conditions and achieving community goals.

Priority will be given to applications seeking assistance to develop:

  • A tribal code or courts system for purposes of economic development, including commercial codes, training for court personnel, and the development of nonprofit subsidiaries or other tribal business structures
  • A Native community development financial institution, including training and administrative expenses
  • A tribal master plan for community and economic development and infrastructure

The funding agency recognizes Indigenous knowledge, as defined on pages 12-13 of the NOFA file, and encourages applicants to incorporate it into their projects.

Last Updated: March 20, 2024

Eligibility Notes:

Eligible applicants are:

  • Federally recognized Indian tribes, as recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)
  • Incorporated nonfederally recognized tribes
  • Incorporated state-recognized Indian tribes
  • Consortia of Indian tribes
  • Incorporated, nonprofit, multipurpose, community-based Indian organizations, including urban Indian organizations and urban Indian centers
  • Native community development financial institutions (CDFIs)
  • Alaska Native villages, as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), and/or nonprofit village consortia
  • Nonprofit Native organizations in Alaska with village-specific projects
  • Incorporated, nonprofit, Alaska Native, multipurpose, community-based organizations
  • Nonprofit Alaska Native regional corporations/associations in Alaska with village-specific projects
  • Nonprofit Alaska Native community entities or tribal governing bodies, as recognized by the BIA
  • Public and nonprofit private agencies serving Native Hawaiians
  • National or regional incorporated nonprofit Native American organizations with Native American community-specific objectives
  • Public and nonprofit private agencies serving Native peoples from American Samoa, Guam, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Tribal colleges and universities; and colleges and universities located in American Samoa, Guam, Hawaii, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands that serve Native American Pacific Islanders

Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are also eligible to apply.

Applicants that are consortia of tribes must provide documentation from each participating consortium member specifying their role and support. Projects from consortia must have goals and objectives that will encompass the participating communities.

Applicants that are not a federally or state-recognized tribe, Alaska Native village government, or public government agency in the U.S. territories must provide documentation that a majority of their board members represent a Native American community to be served.

Priority may be given to community-based Native American organizations serving their local communities and populations. Applicants that are non-local, national, or regional organizations proposing a project to serve multiple communities, or to be performed in a different geographic location, must meet the requirements listed on pages 39-40 of the NOFA file.

Prime applicants that intend to issue subawards must maintain a substantive role in the project. Applicants that have a primary role to serve as a conduit for passing funds to other organizations are not eligible to apply, unless their arrangement is authorized by statute.

Organizations with a current active award from the Administration for Native Americans (ANA) that will continue beyond the start date of a possible new award and that has the same assistance listing number as this program, 93.612, are not eligible to apply.

Sole proprietorships are not eligible to apply.

Previous award recipients include:

  • Burns Paiute Tribe (Burns, OR)
  • Ileihno Bopachemihn, Inc. (Sacramento, CA)
  • Michigan Indian Legal Services, Inc. (Traverse City, MI)
  • Tohono O’odham Community College (Pima County, AZ)
  • Cherokee Nation (Tahlequah, OK)

Refer to the Award file for additional information regarding previous award recipients.

Eligible Applicants:
Local Government
Academic Institutions
Native American Tribe
Non Profits
State Government
Tribal Organizations/Institutions
Application Notes:

Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on May 20, 2024.

Applications must be submitted online at

Applications must include:

  • Table of contents
  • Project summary (1 page max)
  • Project narrative
  • Organizations capacity
  • Line-item budget and budget narrative
  • Attachments:
    • Indirect cost agreement (if applicable)
    • Proof of nonprofit status (if applicable)
    • Governing body documentation
    • Assurance of community representation on board of directors (if applicable)
    • Letters of support
    • Maintenance of effort certification
    • Other attachments, as listed on page 31 of the NOFA file (as applicable)
    • Cost-sharing waiver request (if applicable)
  • Standard forms:
    • SF 424
    • SF 424A
    • SF LLL (if applicable)
    • lobbying form
    • SF 424B
    • Project/performance site location(s)
    • Objective work plan (OWP)

Applications are limited to 100 pages, not including the project summary, maintenance of effort certification, and standard forms. Applications must be formatted on standard-sized pages with one-inch margins on all sides using 12-point Times New Roman font; however, a 10-point font may be used for footnotes and text in tables and graphics. If possible, page numbers should be included. The table of contents and project summary must be single-spaced. The project narrative must be double-spaced. The line-item budget and budget narrative may be single-spaced, as may be tables and footnotes throughout the application. Attachments may use spacing as needed. The funding agency recommends that files be in .pdf format; however, the funding agency also supports the file formats listed on page 20 of the NOFA file.

The following are required in order to submit an application:

  • Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number
  • SAM (System for Award Management) registration

Applicants may obtain a UEI number and verify or renew SAM registration status at

Applicants may request training and technical assistance (TTA) from the funding agency's regional TTA centers, which can be found online at

Applications will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Project narrative (75 points)
  • Organizational capacity (15 points)
  • Line-item budget and budget narrative (10 points)

Refer to the NOFA file for additional application information.

Match Required: Yes
Match Type: Cash/In-Kind
Actual Funds: $13,000,000 (Estimated)
Award Range: $100,000 (Min)
Number of Awards: 14 (Estimated)
Match Notes:

In general, applicants must provide 20 percent of the total project cost via cash and/or in-kind contributions. Applicants may request a waiver of the matching requirement, and the funding agency may waive cost sharing up to $199,999 for awards to the governments of American Samoa, Guam, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Funding Notes:

An estimated $13 million is available to support an expected 14 awards ranging from $100,000 to $300,000 per year through this program. Project and budget periods may be 12, 24, or 36 months, and the maximum award amount will vary according to the project and budget period as follows:

  • Up to $300,000 for 12-month projects
  • Up to $600,000 for 24-month projects
  • Up to $900,000 for 36-months projects

No more than $300,000 may be spent each year; however, award recipients are not required to spend the same amount each year.

Funds will be distributed at the start of the award.

The expected award date and start date is September 30, 2024.

Applicants must budget for all expenses associated with required attendance at post-award meetings. The project director and a financial management staff person working on the project must attend post-award training during the first year of the award and attend an annual award recipient meeting during each year of the award.

Funds will not support:

  • Construction
  • The purchase of real property
  • Major renovation
  • Projects for which an award recipient will provide third-party training and technical assistance (TTA) to other tribes or Native American organizations or to non-members of the award recipient organization
  • Projects that require funding for feasibility studies, business plans, marketing plans, or written materials such as manuals that are not an essential part of the applicant's long-range development plan
  • Projects with core administration functions that essentially support only the applicant's ongoing administrative functions and are not related to the proposed project
  • Projects that support ongoing social service delivery programs or the expansion, or continuation, of existing social service delivery programs
  • Projects that do not further the three interrelated program goals of economic development, social development, and cultural preservation
  • Projects from consortia of tribes that do not include documentation from each participating consortium member specifying their role and support
  • Projects from consortia of tribes that duplicate activities for which participating members also receive funding from the funding agency

In October 2023, a total of $6,741,370 was distributed via 22 awards through this program. In October 2021, a total of $10,549,735 was distributed via 43 awards ranging from $99,844 to $400,000. Refer to the Award file for details.


Primary Contact:

Carmelia Strickland
(202) 690-7441
(877) 922-9262

Grants Management Contact:

Thomas Berry
(202) 875-1834

Agency Address
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
330 C Street, SW
Washington, D.C. 20201

Contact Notes:

Questions should be directed to the appropriate program contact.

Applications must be submitted online at

The agency address provided is for reference purposes only.

NOFA File: US3144_NOFA_FY2024.pdf (324.8 Kb)
Award File: US3144_Award_FY2024.pdf (1.5 Mb)
File Notes:

The NOFA file contains the full solicitation for this program. The Award file contains information on previous award recipients.

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Grant Keywords
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Arts & Culture
Community Development
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