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Native American Business Development Institute (NABDI) Grant

Helping tribal leaders evaluate and identify viable economic opportunities for their communities

The NABDI grant opportunity for FY 2022 closed June 27th, 2022.  For more information about this grant, please visit our Announcement page on


Congratulations to the FY 2022 NABDI Awardees!!  The Awardees are listed below:

$75,000.00   Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas

$75,000.00   Bay Mills Indian Community

$65,750.00   Burns Paiute Tribe

$75,000.00   Cherokee Nation

$75,000.00   Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana

$60,300.00   Delaware Nation Economic Development Authority

$62,164.00   Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska

$59,700.00   Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians

$43,774.00   Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma

$73,665.00   Kiowa Tribe

$68,708.00   Muscogee (Creek) Nation

$75,000.00   Pit River Tribe

$57,187.00   Resighini Rancheria

$58,752.00   Shinnecock Indian Nation

$75,000.00   Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians


All economic endeavors pose some degree of risk.  By funding feasibility studies or business plans, the Native American Business Development Institute (NABDI) grant helps tribes and tribal organizations weigh their risks to determine whether a project is worth pursuing and empower them to make informed decisions about their economic futures.

Results from studies can often help tribes and tribal organizations persuade lenders and investors to provide financial backing to help turn their idea into a reality.

OIED staff may provide technical consultation, upon written request by an applicant. The request must clearly identify the type of assistance sought. Technical consultation does not include funding to prepare a grant proposal, grant writing assistance, or pre-determinations as to the likelihood that a proposal will be awarded. The applicant is solely responsible for preparing its grant proposal. Technical consultation may include clarifying application requirements, confirming whether an applicant previously submitted the same or similar proposal, and registration information for SAM or ASAP.

To learn more, please visit the following page.

NABDI Feasibility Study Basics

A comprehensive NABDI proposal will describe how the potential project will create jobs and stimulate economic activity within a Native community. There are five categories that a review panel will use to evaluate and score NABDI proposals. The evaluation criterion is described in the NABDI Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).

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Success Stories

  • Hydaburg Cooperative Association in Alaska

    Hydaburg Cooperative Association in Alaska

    Findings from a study that we funded helped the Hydaburg Cooperative Association, one of two federally recognized Haida tribes in Alaska, secure a $600,000 Housing and Urban Development Indian Community Development Block Grant to construct a café/laundromat.  Read more about the Hála Café

  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation in Oklahoma

    Citizen Potawatomi Nation in Oklahoma

    Our funding made it possible for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation to open “Iron Horse,” the first American Indian-run rail line in the U.S. 

    With our grant, the nation conducted a study to explore the viability of building an industrial park and restoring a 66-mile rail line to connect the greater Oklahoma City area with the rural southeastern quarter of Oklahoma. Results from the study allowed them to obtain $3,500,000 in financing to develop a 400-acre industrial park and $1,000,000 for repairs of an existing railroad bridge.

  • Ysleta del Sur Pueblo in Texas

    Ysleta del Sur Pueblo in Texas

    Funding from our grant provided Ysleta del Sur Pueblo with the opportunity to conduct an analysis and develop a reuse plan for the tribe’s recreation and wellness center.  

    Constructed in 2001, the tribe’s original 100,516 square-foot center was a state-of-the-art recreational facility in the El Paso metropolitan area which promoted exercise and healthy lifestyles for the tribal community. Most of the financial support for the facility came from revenue from the tribe’s Speaking Rock Casino, which was shut down in 2002 after a federal court decision.  


Additional Information

Contact Us

Native American Business Development Institute
1849 C Street, N.W., Room 4152
Washington, DC 20240
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. EST, Monday–Friday

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