The Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Native Americans (ANA) has announced the availability of Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 funding opportunities. Applications are due April 15, 2014.
Competitively selected awards will fund projects focused in the following areas:
- Environmental Regulatory Enhancement (ERE)—The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to strengthen tribal government capacity to identify, plan, develop, and implement solutions to environmental programs that will bolster regulatory efforts in a manner that is consistent with a Tribe's cultural preservation and natural resource management priorities. Native communities eligible for this opportunity include American Indian Tribes (federally-recognized and non-federally-recognized) and Alaska Natives.
- Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance—This program provides funding for projects to support assessments of the status of the Native languages in an established community, as well as the planning, designing, and implementing of Native language curriculum and education projects to support a community's language preservation goals. Eligible Native American communities include American Indian Tribes (federally recognized and non-federally recognized), Native Hawaiians, Alaskan Natives, and Native American Pacific Islanders.
- Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance–Esther Martinez Immersion—The Esther Martinez Immersion provides funding to support three-year projects being implemented by Native American Language Nests, Survival Schools, and Restoration Programs in accordance with P.L. 109-394. Eligible Native American communities include American Indian Tribes (federally-recognized and non-federally recognized), Native Hawaiians, Alaskan Natives, and Native American Pacific Islanders.
- Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS)—This FOA is focused on community-driven projects designed to grow local economies; strengthen Native American families, including the preservation of Native American cultures; and decrease the challenges caused by the lack of community-based businesses and social and economic infrastructure in Native American communities. Eligible Native American communities include American Indian Tribes (federally recognized and non-federally recognized), Native Hawaiians, Alaskan Natives, and Native American Pacific Islanders.
- Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)—The current economic climate has increased ANA’s focus on developing employment opportunities and business creation in Native communities, resulting in this special funding initiative for community-based projects that will foster economic development through the creation of small businesses and sustainable job growth. To advance ANA’s priority goal of promoting economic self-sufficiency for American Indians, Native Hawaiians, Alaskan Natives, and Native American Pacific Islanders, including American Samoa Natives, the SEEDS initiative will promote: 1) creation of sustainable employment opportunities; 2) professional training and skill development that increases participants’ employability and earning potential; 3) creation and development of small businesses and entrepreneurial activities, and 4) a demonstrated strategy and commitment to keeping the jobs and revenues generated by project activities within the Native communities being served.
ANA project funding is available in short-term development terms of 12, 24, 36, and 60 months. All ANA community projects must be completed by the end of the project period or supported by alternative funds. ANA provides training and technical assistance to applicants for project and proposal development and to grantees for project implementation and reporting.
For additional details about each FOA, including information on how to apply, visit the Administration for Children and Families website.
ANA promotes self-sufficiency for Native Americans by providing discretionary grant funding for community-based projects and training and technical assistance to eligible Tribes and Native organizations.