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Grants to USA Tribes and Tribal Organizations
for Capacity Building Projects

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Administration for Children and Families (ACF) - Administration for Native Americans (ANA)

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06/30/21 11:59 PM ET for online submission; 4:30 PM ET for receipt of mailed paper applications exempted from online process.


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Grants to USA, American Samoa, Guam, and Northern Mariana Islands Tribes and tribal governing bodies and organizations to build capacity to better serve their communities. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for growing Tribal organizations seeking to build their internal capacity.

The applicant is to address up to two targeted challenges in their proposed project. Targeted challenges represent different organizational functions that may limit a growing organization's ability to effectively serve the needs of its community. SEDS-GO applicants should choose no more than two of the following eight targeted challenges to address in the proposed project:

  • Staff Development: Staff should have the knowledge to administer the organization's current programs effectively. Projects might focus on improving current staff capacity to administer project activities or ensuring staff members are qualified to operate effectively in their role. This may include addressing staff expertise for the Executive Director, Administrative Support Staff, Financial Staff, IT Staff, Human Resources, Program Staff, Communications, Resource Development Staff, and/or Tribal Membership Staff.
  • Governance: Policies and procedures should be in place for the governing board to effectively guide the organization. Projects might focus on ensuring tribal codes and ordinances are in place or ensuring the governing board has the necessary training regarding the roles and responsibilities of elected positions.
  • Effective Grants Management: The organization should have a track record of effective grants management and use of diversified funds. Projects might focus on building capacity and infrastructure to secure and manage diverse funding sources to effectively operate programming; improving successful management and sustainability of state, federal, or non-federal grants; ensuring grants' compliance and operational oversight; or improving the organization’s internal risk assessment to attract additional funders. All applications submitted with a targeted challenge of Effective Grants Management must be compliant with 45 CFR § 75.442 (Fundraising and Investment Management Costs).
  • Strategic/Community Planning: Projects might focus on organizational strategic planning, facilitating long-term community visioning, developing regional growth plans, or developing policies and procedures to engage with the community on an ongoing basis.
  • Financial Management Systems: Current financial systems and policies and procedures should be in regular use and compliant with 45 CFR § 75.302 (Financial management and standards for financial management systems). Projects might focus on developing financial, travel, procurement, organizational, and/or HR policies; improving on an employee handbook; or reviewing and updating the current accounting software, chart of accounts, and/or payroll management system.
  • Use of Technology: The organization should have the technological equipment, software, and/or network infrastructure it needs to serve its community effectively, along with the necessary policies and procedures for safe and responsible use. Projects might focus on updating computer hardware and software; improving internet access and infrastructure reliability; or improving policies governing internet access, equipment use, inventory requirements, and/or social media.
  • Ability to Track and Manage Data: The organization should have the systems and knowledgeable staff necessary to securely collect, manage, and analyze data in order to track project outcomes and make informed, data-evidenced decisions. Projects might focus on improving databases used to track data; updating data software used, such as Excel or Access; developing processes used to collect, manage, and analyze data; or training staff on software and/or evaluation skills.
  • Partnerships: The organization should leverage healthy partnerships, preferably documented, with all external organizations it must work with in order to serve its community effectively. Projects might focus on forming Memorandums of Agreement or Understanding with current and new partners; increasing programs, training, and/or professional development opportunities; establishing recruitment pools, outreach, and/or communications procedures; or improving economic development opportunities with federal agencies, state agencies, and/or foundations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 195365

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Award Ceiling: $200,000 Per Budget Period
Award Floor: $50,000 Per Budget Period
Average Projected Award Amount: $175,000 Per Budget Period

Term of Contract:

Anticipated Project Start Date: 09/30/2021

Length of Project Period:
12-month project period and budget period
24-month project period with two 12-month budget periods
36-month project period with three 12-month budget periods


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 2991b and 45 CFR §1336.33, eligible applicants under this announcement are:
- Federally-recognized Indian tribes, as recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA);
- Incorporated non-federally recognized tribes;
- Incorporated state-recognized Indian tribes;
- Consortia of Indian tribes;
- Incorporated non-profit multi-purpose community-based Indian organizations (including Urban Indian Organizations as defined by 25 U.S.C. § 1603(29));
- Urban Indian Centers;
- Native Community Development Financial Institutions (Native CDFIs);
- Alaska Native villages, as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), and/or non-profit village consortia;
- Non-profit Native organizations in Alaska with village-specific projects;
- Incorporated non-profit Alaska Native multipurpose, community-based organizations;
- Non-profit Alaska Native Regional Corporations/Associations in Alaska with village-specific projects;
- Non-profit Alaska Native community entities or tribal governing bodies (Indian Reorganization Act or Traditional Councils) as recognized by the BIA;
- Public and non-profit private agencies serving Native Hawaiians;
- National or regional incorporated non-profit Native American organizations with Native American community-specific objectives;
- Public and non-profit private agencies serving Native peoples from Guam, American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands;
- Tribal Colleges and Universities and colleges and universities located in Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands that serve Native American Pacific Islanders.

Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Projects ineligible for funding:

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Pre-Application Information:

Letter of Intent Due Date: 05/06/2021

Applicants that submit a letter of intent may be contacted by ANA’s regional Training and Technical Assistance Center so that they can receive pre-application support. Failure to submit a letter of intent does not preclude the applicant from receiving regional technical assistance for application support.

Due Date for Applications: 06/30/2021

The deadline for electronic application submission is 11:59 p.m., ET, on the due date listed. The deadline for receipt of paper applications is 4:30 p.m., ET, on the due date listed. Paper applications received from applicants that have not received approval of an exemption from required electronic submission will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

Electronic applications will only be accepted via The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

All entities applying for funding, including renewal funding, must have a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B).

In addition to having a DUNS number, organizations applying online through must register with the System for Award Management (SAM). All organizations must register with SAM in order to apply online. Failure to register with SAM will prevent your organization from applying through

Grantees must provide at least 20 percent of the total approved cost of the project. The total approved cost of the project is the sum of the ACF (federal) share and the non-federal share. The non-federal share may be met by cash or in-kind contributions, although applicants are encouraged to meet their match requirements through cash contributions. For example, in order to meet the match requirements, a project requesting $200,000.00 in ACF (federal) funds must provide a non-federal share of the approved total project cost of at least $50,000.00, which is 20 percent of total approved project cost of $250,000.00.

Applicants may request a waiver of the requirement for a 20 percent match. To receive a waiver or a reduction in the required match, the applicant must provide ANA with written documentation of their need.

Matching requirements (including in-kind contributions) of less than $200,000 (up to $199,999) are waived under grants made to the governments of American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (other than those consolidated under other provisions of 48 U.S.C. 1469) pursuant to 48 U.S.C. 1469a(d). This waiver applies whether the matching required under the grant equals or exceeds $200,000.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applicants should submit the letter of intent via email to

Submission by mail or hand delivery:

Tim Chappelle [HHS-2021-ACF-ANA-NN-1918]
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Grants Management
Mary E. Switzer Memorial Building
330 C Street, SW.
Washington, DC 20201

Program Office Contact:

Carmelia Strickland
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
Administration for Native Americans
Mary E. Switzer Memorial Building
330 C Street, SW.
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: (877) 922-9262
Fax: (202) 690-7441

Office of Grants Management Contact:

Tim Chappelle [HHS-2021-ACF-ANA-NN-1918]
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Grants Management
Mary E. Switzer Memorial Building
330 C Street, SW.
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: (202) 401-4855

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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