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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 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. 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 to enhance their ability to better serve their communities. 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.