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Funding Opportunities and Partnerships for Indian Communities



The Corporation for National and Community Service provides grants to national and local nonprofits, schools, government agencies, faith-based and other community organizations and other groups committed to strengthening their communities through volunteering.

Opportunities vary by program. To learn more about what’s available, eligibility, responsibilities, and new grant opportunities:

Following is a list of Federal agencies and organizations which provide opportunities for partnership and / or funding for Indian communities. This list is not exhaustive, but does provide useful resources. The Corporation does not specifically endorse non-Corporation programs or opportunities, but it does encourage ongoing partnership and collaboration between those working in the field.

Federal Agencies and Departments | Organizations and Associations

Administration for Native Americans
US Department of Health and Human Services

The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) was established in 1974 through the Native American Programs Act (NAPA). ANA is the only federal agency serving all Native Americans, including 562 federally recognized Tribes, American Indian and Alaska Native organizations, Native Hawaiian organizations and Native populations throughout the Pacific basin (including American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands).

The mission of ANA is to promote economic and social self-sufficiency for American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Native Pacific Islanders. ANA provides community-based project funding to improve the lives of Native Children and Families thereby reducing long-term dependency on public assistance. Funding for community-based projects is provided through three (3) competitive discretionary grant programs to eligible Tribes and non-profit Native American organizations.


ANA in partnership with the Indian Health Service (IHS) has provided Community Emergency Response Training (CERT)/First Responder (FR) training to Native American youth enrolled in the three of the Corporation’s Tribal Civilian Community Corps (TCCC) programs (Hoopa Valley Tribe, Tanana Chiefs Conference, and Navajo Nation) and other reservation communities.

Recently, ANA partnered with the Corporation to conduct two demonstration programs: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (Pueblo of Zuni and Great Lakes InterTribal Council Senior Corps Programs) and the 1,000 Ways to Fight Abuse campaign (AmeriCorps*VISTA Sponsor National Society for American Indian Elderly).

ANA Program Announcements

The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) awards funds through grants to American Indians, Native Americans, Native Alaskans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. These grants are awarded to eligible Tribes and Native non-profits that successfully apply for discretionary funds. ANA publishes on an announcement of funds available, the primary areas of focus, review criteria and the method of application.

More information on

  • Social and Economic Development Strategies for Native Americans
  • Native Language Preservation and Maintenance
  • Projects that Improve Child Well-Being by Fostering Healthy Marriages within Native Communities
  • Environmental Regulatory Enhancement
  • Environmental Mitigation

Administration on Aging (AoA) Office for American Indian, Alaska Native,
and Native Hawaiian Programs
US Department of Health and Human Services

The AoA Office for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Programs is charged with serving as an advocate on behalf of Native American elders with all departments and agencies of the Federal Government on all Federal policies affecting elders and an advocate with the States to promote the enhanced delivery of services and implementation of programs to older Native Americans. Other functions of the Office include administering and evaluating grants to Tribes, chairing the Interagency Task Force on Older Indians, developing research plans and conducting research on Native American aging, and collect and disseminating information on problems experienced by Native American elders. This includes elder abuse, long-term care, health, and other issues unique to Native Americans.

Under Title VI of the OAA, AoA awards grants directly to Tribes and Tribal organizations and native organizations for nutrition services (including congregate and home delivered meals), information and assistance, transportation, and in-home supportive services. In 2000, as part of an amendment to the Older Americans Act, the Native American Caregiver Support Program was established to assist caregivers of Native American elders who are chronically ill or have disabilities.

Indian and Native American Programs
US Department of Labor

Indian and Native American (INA) Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Section 166 grantees and the Department of Labor share a vision of providing quality employment and training services to Native American communities that not only meet regulatory requirements, but also are administered in ways that are consistent with the traditional cultural values and beliefs of the people they are designed to serve.

INAP’s website has been designed primarily to provide general information and assistance to Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Section 166 Indian and Native American (INA) grantees and others interested in economic self-sufficiency through employment and job training for Native Americans.

Indian Health Service
US Department of Health and Human Services

The Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. The provision of health services to members of federally-recognized tribes grew out of the special government-to-government relationship between the federal government and Indian tribes. This relationship, established in 1787, is based on Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, and has been given form and substance by numerous treaties, laws, Supreme Court decisions, and Executive Orders. The IHS is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for Indian people, and its goal is to raise their health status to the highest possible level. The IHS currently provides health services to approximately 1.5 million American Indians and Alaska Natives who belong to more than 557 federally recognized tribes in 35 states.

  • Mission… to raise the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level.
  • Goal… to assure that comprehensive, culturally acceptable personal and public health services are available and accessible to American Indian and Alaska Native people.
  • Foundation… to uphold the Federal Government’s obligation to promote healthy American Indian and Alaska Native people, communities, and cultures and to honor and protect the inherent sovereign rights of Tribes

Office of Native American Programs (ONAP): Public and Indian Housing
US Department of Housing and Urban Development

The role of the Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) is to:

  • Ensure that safe, decent and affordable housing is available to Native American families
  • Create economic opportunities for Tribes and Indian housing residents
  • Assist Tribes in the formulation of plans and strategies for community development
  • Assure fiscal integrity in the operation of the programs.

ONAP Offices

ONAP consists of six Area Offices, in addition to the Headquarters Office in Washington, DC and the National Program Office on Denver, Colorado. Together, the National Headquarters and National Program Office in Denver are responsible for the implementation and administration of all Departmental programs that are specific to Native Americans.

The six Area offices provide local administration of the Department’s programs, including making and implementing funding decisions, providing direct interaction with grantees, monitoring grantee activity, and working closely with tribes and tribally designated housing entities (TDHE) to help address housing and community development issues. ONAP’s six area offices are:

  • Anchorage, Alaska (Alaska – AKONAP)
  • Chicago, Illinois (Eastern/Woodlands- EWONAP)
  • Denver, Colorado (Northern Plains – NPONAP)
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (Southern Plains – SPONAP)
  • Phoenix, Arizona (Southwest – SWONAP)
  • Seattle, Washington (Northwest – NWONAP)
Organizations and Associations | Federal Agencies and Departments


ACKCO, Inc.  serves as the Corporation’s training and technical assistance provider for Tribal programs, and is a key partner in the Corporation’s increased outreach, access and support of programs serving Indian communities.

ACKCO offers a full complement of professional services which includes support services for conference, trainings, meetings, and hearings; Tribal infrastructure development in the areas of personnel and financial; training for staff of all Tribal programs in the areas of program development and management; strategic communications for federal and state agencies working with Tribes and Indian organizations; congressional studies; and staff support for Tribal health projects.

Since 1972, ACKCO, Inc. has successfully managed over 300 projects, representing agreements between various federal and state agencies, Tribes and villages. The successful management of these projects has required sound business practices, flexible management systems, total quality management, and controlled fiscal accounting systems. All of the aforementioned elements are an intricate part of ACKCO’s daily business practices.

Because ACKCO is Indian owned and operated, they understand the unique social and cultural characteristics of Indian Tribes and Indian organizations. This has allowed ACKCO to develop the systems and methods to work effectively with Tribes, Tribal Representatives, and Indian organizations.

American Indian Higher Education Consortium

The American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) was founded in 1972 by the presidents of the nation’s first six Tribal Colleges, as an informal collaboration among member colleges. Today, AIHEC has grown to represent 34 colleges in the United States and one Canadian institution. Unlike most professional associations, it is governed jointly by each member institution.

AIHEC’s mission is to support the work of these colleges and the national movement for tribal self-determination. Its mission statement, adopted in 1973, identifies four objectives: maintain commonly held standards of quality in American Indian education; support the development of new tribally controlled colleges; promote and assist in the development of legislation to support American Indian higher education; and encourage greater participation by American Indians in the development of higher education policy.

National Congress of American Indians

The National Congress of American Indians was founded in 1944 in response to termination and assimilation policies that the United States forced upon the tribal governments in contradiction of their treaty rights and status as sovereigns. NCAI stressed the need for unity and cooperation among tribal governments for the protection of their treaty and sovereign rights. Since 1944, the National Congress of American Indians has been working to inform the public and Congress on the governmental rights of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Tribal governments face a broad range of governmental issues – in many ways the same issues faced by the state and federal governments. One key difference is that the federal government has committed itself to a trust responsibility to protect tribal communities, tribal lands, and to provide services. Today, under the federal policy of Tribal Self-Determination, tribal governments make the decisions at the local level and provide many of the services themselves, while the federal government retains its trust responsibility.

NCAI addresses a broad range of policy matters in its efforts to advocate on behalf of American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments. To review current policy issues, please visit:

National Indian Council On Aging, Inc.

The National Indian Council On Aging, Inc. (NICOA), a non-profit organization, was founded in 1976 by members of the National Tribal Chairmen’s Association that called for a national organization to advocate for improved, comprehensive health and social services to American Indian and Alaska Native Elders.

In addition to providing service through several grants from agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NICOA operates as a National Sponsor of the federal Senior Community Service Employment program (SCSEP) in 15 states through a grant from the Department of Labor. For over 30 years, the organization has provided service as the nation’s foremost advocate for American Indians and Alaska Native Elders.

NICOA is governed by a 13-member board of directors composed of American Indian and Alaska Native Elders representing each of the 12 Bureau of Indian Affairs regions, and a representative of the National Association of Title VI Grantees. NICOA voting membership consists of American Indian/Alaska Native Elders age 55 and over. Non-voting associate members include Indians under the age of 55 and non-Indians of all ages.

NICOA’s objectives are to:

  1. Enhance communications and cooperation with community service providers and other aging organizations that represent and advocate for Native American Elders.
  2. Provide information and technical assistance for Native American communities to improve health care for Elders.
  3. Network with appropriate agencies to maximize resources, and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the service delivery systems for Elders.
  4. Provide information, reports and expert testimony requested by Tribal Nations and the US Congress.

Provide a clearinghouse for information on issues affecting American Indian and Alaska Native Elders.

National Indian Education Association

The National Indian Education Association is membership based organization committed to increasing educational opportunities and resources for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students while protecting our cultural and linguistic traditions.

Founded in 1969, NIEA is the largest and oldest Indian education organization in the nation and strives to keep Indian Country moving toward educational equity. Governed by a Board of Directors made up of twelve representatives, the NIEA has several committees that work to ensure native educators and students are represented in various educational institutions and forums throughout Indian Country and Washington, D.C.

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