Grants available for Native social, economic development projects
The Administration for Native Americans (ANA), an office of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), recently announced the availability of fiscal year 2019 funds for community-based projects for the Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS) program.
Tourism falls under the priorities for economic development funding, including:
Tourism: Planning or developing resources, services and businesses that promote travel, recreation and tourism, or branding to tell the story of Native Americans as the First Peoples of the United States. Projects may utilize the arts or other cultural resources to help revitalize Native communities, promote economic development, increase livability, and present the uniqueness of the Native communities to visitors in a way that celebrates the diversity of the United States.
Economic Infrastructure: Addressing economic infrastructure needs that will strengthen business development and job creation in native communities.
Entrepreneurship and Microbusiness: Promoting entrepreneurial development through business incubators and other activities that support businesses and market the availability of local products or services.
Place-based Strategies: Using a tribe or community’s local or regional assets and resources and collaborating with multiple stakeholders to address economic development barriers.
ANA technical assistance providers offer project development training and pre-application training for potential applicants free of charge.
Technical assistance providers may also be contacted within an applicant’s region to answer questions. Go to http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ana/assistance to learn more. The deadline to apply for funds is April 15.
The phrase “Indian Education” itself invokes generations of federal legislation aimed to assimilate via education. Modern day, the Title VI Indian Education Program administered by the Bureau of Indian Education provides federal funds to various educational institutions of students enrolled in federally recognized tribes.