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

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.612
Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Native Americans, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Apr 9, 2018

For programmatic questions:
Carmelia Strickland

For business, administrative, or fiscal questions:
Tim Chappelle


The Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment, and Development (I-LEAD) is designed to support local community projects that foster Native youth resiliency, and to empower Native youth. This framework will support capacity building, inter-generational engagement and understanding, and the empowerment and self-development of Native youth, ages 14-24. Projects should be youth centered and youth driven.

The four areas of focus are:

  1. Native youth leading - projects that promote leadership development among Native youth
  2. Native youth connecting - projects that build a strong sense of positive identity, community connection, and social-emotional health
  3. Native youth learning - projects that foster engagement in school, learning, and investment in Native youth educational success
  4. Native youth working - projects that help develop positive work habits, support working effectively in groups, and encourage engagement in public service

Specific project examples for each focus area are listed in the application instructions.

  • Federally recognized, state recognized, and incorporated non-federally recognized tribes
  • Consortia of Indian tribes
  • Incorporated nonprofit multi-purpose community-based Indian organizations
  • Urban Indian Centers
  • Alaska Native villages
  • Nonprofit native organizations in Alaska with village-specific projects
  • Incorporated nonprofit Alaska Native multipurpose, community-based organizations
  • Nonprofit Alaska Native Regional Corporations/Associations in Alaska with village-specific projects
  • Nonprofit Alaska Native community entities or tribal governing bodies
  • Public and nonprofit private agencies serving Native Hawaiians
  • National or regional incorporated nonprofit Native American organizations with Native American community-specific objectives
  • Public and nonprofit 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
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $300,000 per year
Award floor: $100,000 per year
Project period: Up to 3 years
Expected number of awards: 7
Total program funding: $2,025,000

Grantees must provide a match of at least 20% of the total approved cost of the project. While in-kind contributions are accepted, applicants are encouraged to match with cash contributions. Applicants may request a waiver of the match through documentation of their need in the application for funds. Matching requirements of less than $200,000 are waived for grants made to the governments of American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Application process

Links to the full announcement and online application procedures are available through

Tagged as
American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians · Asian and Pacific Islanders · Behavioral health · Children and youth · Cultural competency · Families · Human services · Leadership · Schools · Self-sufficiency · Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention

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