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Business Feasibility Studies and COVID-19 Recovery

Native American Business Development Institute (NABDI) Grant

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U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (OIED)

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06/27/22 5:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $75,000 to USA tribes and tribal organizations to conduct business feasibility studies. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended to hire consultants to perform the feasibility studies. In addition, grants may fund business plans for the eligible applicant’s goals for economic opportunity and recovery, such as the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (OIED), through its Native American Business Development Institute (NABDI), is soliciting grant proposals from eligible federally recognized Tribes and Tribal organizations. NABDI award funding will be used to explore business solutions by obtaining technical assistance through the hiring of consultants to perform feasibility studies for those economic development opportunities. In addition to feasibility studies, NABDI grants may fund business plans for the eligible applicant’s goals for economic opportunity and recovery, such as the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Office of the Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs, through OIED, is soliciting proposals from federally recognized Tribes listed as Indian Entities Recognized by and Eligible to Receive Services from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs at 87 FR 4636 (January 28, 2022) and Tribal Organizations eligible for NABDI grants. Indian Tribes are referred to using the term “Tribe” throughout this notice. Tribal Organization is defined by 25 U.S.C. 5304(l). Consultants may include, but are not limited to universities and colleges, private consulting firms, and non-academic non-profit entities. The feasibility studies will help facilitate informed decision-making regarding Tribes’ economic futures. Feasibility studies may concern the viability of an economic development project or business, or the practicality of a technology, that a Tribe may choose to pursue to explore how a current Tribal business or enterprises could recover and adapt to the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. NABDI awards may be used to develop business plans for eligible applicant’s goals for economic opportunity and recovery, such as the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The OIED administers this program through its Division of Economic Development (DED).

The applicant determines who will conduct its feasibility study or business plan. An applicant has several choices, including but not limited to:

  • Universities and colleges;
  • Private consulting firms; or
  • Non-academic, non-profit entities.

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GrantWatch ID#: 190786

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $75,000
- Award Floor: $25,000
- Generally, feasibility studies cost up to $50,000 and business plans between $5,000 - $20,000.

Term of Contract:

The program can fund projects only one year at a time.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only one application will be accepted from an eligible Tribe, and only one application will be accepted from an eligible Tribal Organization of that Tribe.

NABDI awards may not be used for:
- Establishing or operating a Tribal Office;
- Indirect costs or administrative costs as defined by the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR);
- Purchase of equipment that is used to develop the feasibility studies, such as computers, vehicles, field gear, etc. (however, leasing of this type of equipment for the purpose of developing feasibility studies is allowed);
- Creating Tribal jobs to complete the project. A NABDI grant is not intended to create temporary administrative jobs or supplement employment for Tribal members;
- Legal fees;
- Application fees associated with permitting;
- Training;
- Contract negotiation fees;
- Feasibility studies of energy, mineral, energy legal infrastructure, or broadband related projects, businesses, or technologies that are addressed by OIED’s Energy and Mineral Development Program (EMDP), Tribal Energy Development Capacity (TEDC); and
- Any other activities not authorized by the grant award letter.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. ET on Monday, June 27, 2022. OIED will not consider proposals received after this time and date.

Please make sure the System for Award Management (SAM) number used to apply is active, not expired, with a current UEI number on the SF-424.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For further information, contact
Mr. Dennis Wilson, Grant Management
Specialist, Office of Indian Economic Development, telephone: (505) 917-3235; email:

If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact
Ms. Jo Ann Metcalfe, Grant Officer, telephone (401) 703-3390; email

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Native American Business Development Institute
12220 Sunrise Valley Drive, Room 6049-B
Reston, VA 20191
(202) 595-4766

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