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Native American Programs


Total Assistance, FY 2008 to Present
Assistance Type: PROJECT GRANTS
Popular Name: Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS)
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Objectives: The purpose of the Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS) program is to promote economic and social self-sufficiency for American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native American Pacific Islanders from American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The SEDS program supports the principle that social and economic development are interrelated and essential for the development of thriving Native communities. The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) is interested in supporting community-driven projects designed to grow local economies, increase the capacity of tribal governments, strengthen families, preserve Native cultures, and increase self-sufficiency and community well-being. ANA may use the SEDS program for special initiatives to meet emerging needs in Native communities. The most current special initiatives are Social and Economic Development Strategies for Alaska (SEDS-AK) and SEDS-GO (Growing Organizations). The purpose of the SEDS-AK program is a special initiative under ANA’s SEDS program that is specifically aimed 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. 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. The purpose of the Social Economic Development Strategies for Growing Organizations (SEDS-GO) program is to provide financial assistance to American Indian Tribes, Alaska Native villages, and Native non-profit organizations that identify as growing organizations and seek to build their internal capacity in any two of the program areas of interest listed in this section. Growing organizations are defined as those that are striving to reach their full potential as highly functioning entities able to effectively serve their Native American communities. Any tribe or organization that is challenged in fulfilling their mission through the capabilities of their internal organization, management and governance practices, resources, or partnerships and are unable to evaluate achievements or improve upon results may be considered a growing organization. Over the past five years, special SEDS initiatives included: Native Asset Building Initiative (NABI), Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD), and Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies Initiative (SEEDS). ANA funding is meant for projects that identify direct, measurable outcomes which will be achieved within the proposed project period.