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93.612 Native American Programs




Native American Programs Act of 1974, as amended, Public Law 93-644; Older Americans Act Amendments of 1987, Title V, Public Law 100-175; Indian Reorganization Act Amendments, Section 215, Public Law 100-581; Older Americans Act Amendments of 1992, Title VIII, Public Law 102-375; 42 U.S.C. 2991 et seq.
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To provide financial assistance, training and technical assistance, and research, demonstration and evaluation activities to public and private nonprofit organizations including Indian Tribes, urban Indian centers, Alaska Native villages, Native Hawaiian organizations, rural off-reservation groups, and Native American Pacific Island groups for the development and implementation of social and economic development strategies that promote self- sufficiency. These projects are expected to result in improved social and economic conditions of Native Americans within their communities and to increase the effectiveness of Indian Tribes and Native American organizations in meeting their economic and social goals. Additional competitive areas include: 1) Environmental Regulatory Enhancement, designed to assist Tribal and Alaska Village governments in developing environmental programs responsive to tribal needs; and 2) Native Languages Preservation and Enhancement, a program to assist Native American tribes and communities in ensuring the survival and continued vitality of their languages.


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Grants may be used for such purposes as, but not limited to: (1) Governance Projects which assist tribal and village governments, Native American institutions, and local leadership to exercise local control and decision-making over their resources; (2) Economic Development Projects, which promote the long term mobilization and management of economic resources necessary to achieve a diversified economy; and (3) Social Development Projects which support local access to, control of, and coordination of services and programs for the social benefit of community members. Funds may be used for Financial Assistance Grants; Training and Technical Assistance; and Research, Demonstration and Evaluation.


Applicant Eligibility:   Public and private nonprofit agencies, including but not limited to, governing bodies of Indian tribes on Federal and State reservations, Alaska Native villages and regional corporations established by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, such public and nonprofit private agencies serving Native Hawaiians, Indian and Alaska Native organizations in urban or rural nonreservation areas, and Native American Pacific Islanders (American Samoan Natives, and indigenous peoples of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana and the Republic of Palau).

Beneficiary Eligibility:   American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native American Pacific Islanders.

Credentials/Documentation:   Nonprofit organizations must submit proof of nonprofit status. Applicable costs and administrative procedures will be determined in accordance with Parts 74 and 92 of the Code of Federal Regulations, which implement the requirements of applicable OMB Circular Nos. A-87, A-21, and A-122.

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Pre-application Coordination:   This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:   Information regarding the availability of grant funds will be published from time to time in the Federal Register as Program Announcements, which will provide details on program objectives for which applications are being solicited and other application requirements. The Administration for Native Americans will provide each applicant with the appropriate forms for the application for Federal assistance and instructions for applying for grants from the Administration for Native Americans programs. Applications should be submitted to U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Grants Management, Mail Stop HHH 326-F, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447.

Award Procedure:   All funds are awarded directly to the grantees.

Deadlines:   Each program announcement specifies the due dates for submission of applications.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   Applicants will receive notice of approval/disapproval approximately 120 days after receipt of application.

Appeals:   Appeals are processed in accordance with HHS regulations in 45 CFR 16.

Renewals:   Not applicable.


Formula and Matching Requirements:   This program has no statutory formula for distribution of funds. A matching share of 20 percent is required unless waived in accordance with criteria which are also published in 45 CFR 1336.50. Matching requirements under $200,000 (including in-kind contributions) are waived for applications originating from the Native American Pacific Islands in accordance with Sec. 501(d), Public Law 95-134, as amended (48 U,S,C, 1469a). This program has maintenance of effort requirements; see funding agency for further details. Waiver requirements are contained in 45 CFR, Part 1336.50.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   Grantees may apply for competitive continuation support within a project period of 1 to 3 years.


Reports:   Semi-Annual Financial Status Reports, Report of Federal Cash Transactions, Project Progress Reports, and an annual Evaluation Report are required.

Audits:   Audits are conducted in accordance with the requirements in 45 CFR 74 and 92.

Records:   Financial records, supporting documents and all other related records pertinent to ANA grants must be maintained for a period of 3 years. If an audit is not completed by the end of the 3-year period, or if audit findings have not been resolved, records shall be retained until resolution of the audit findings.


Account Identification:   75-1536-0-1-506.

Obligations:   (Grants and Contracts) FY 01 $45,996,000; FY 02 est $45,912,000; and FY 03 est $45,196,000. (Revolving Loan Fund) FY 01 $1,000,000; FY 02 est $0; and FY 03 est $0. (NOTE: The funds in this program are also available for program contracts. The amounts used for contracts cannot be predetermined.)

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  
$100,000 to $400,000 Average = $300,000 per budget period.

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In fiscal year 2001, 205 grants were awarded. It is anticipated that 262 grants will be awarded in fiscal year 2002 and 251 grants in fiscal year 2003.


Regulations are published in 45 CFR 1336.


Regional or Local Office:   Not applicable.

Headquarters Office:  
Carmelia A. Strickland
Administration for Native Americans
Administration for Children and Families
Department of Health and Human Services
330 C Street SW Switzer Building,
Mail Stop 4126, Washington,
District of Columbia 20447
Phone: (877) 922-9262

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(1) Improved Governance Capabilities; (2) Native American social development projects; and (3) Native American economic development projects.


Specific criteria for selecting proposals for funding are stated in each program announcement. In general, proposals are judged on the basis of relevance to program objectives as stated in the program announcement, project viability, community support, reasonable cost estimates, and qualifications of applicant organization and personnel.

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