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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 Social and Economic Development Strategies for Alaska (SEDS-AK). 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. Over the past five years, special SEDS initiatives included: Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD) and Social and Economic Development Strategies-Growing Organizations (SEDS-GO). SEDS-GO is focused on assisting growing organizations in reaching their full potential as highly functioning entities able to effectively serve their Native American communities. ANA funding is meant for projects that identify direct, measurable outcomes which will be achieved within the proposed project period.