Apply for Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD)!

Deadline: 09 April 2018

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration for Native Americans (ANA) has announced the availability of Fiscal Year 2018 funds for the Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD).

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I-LEAD is a special initiative established under ANA’s Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS) program. It provides support for community-based initiatives that empower Native youth to address priorities identified by such youth and include youth-focused leadership. Projects are funded to develop models, approaches and strategies to foster resiliency and build upon Native youth’s inherent capacities to thrive.

Native youth will contribute to the accomplishment of objectives that:

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  • Promote economic and social self-sufficiency for Native Americans,
  • Contribute to community well-being,
  • Increase the capacity of tribal governments,
  • Strengthen families,
  • Implement culturally appropriate strategies to meet the social service needs of Native Americans. The
  • I-LEAD program will ensure project funding is provided to support youth-driven and youth-focused services and activities related to social and economic development, in order to promote the self-sufficiency of tomorrow’s leaders in Native American communities.

Funding Information

  • Estimated Total Program Funding: $2,025,000
  • Award Ceiling: $300,000
  • Award Floor: $100,000

Eligibility Criteria

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  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Federally recognized Indian tribes, as recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs;
  • Incorporated non-federally recognized tribes;
  • Incorporated state-recognized Indian tribes,
  • Consortia of Indian tribes;
  • Incorporated non-profit multi-purpose community-based Indian organizations;
  • Urban Indian Centers;
  • Alaska Native villages as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANSCA) and/or non-profit village;
  • 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 Bureau of Indian Affairs;
  • 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. Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement.
  • Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorship) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

Eligible Country: U.S

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