Every year, our Native American Business Development Institute (NABDI) offers the opportunity for tribes and tribal organization to receive funding to hire consultants to conduct feasibility studies or business plans on the viability of a business, technology, or economic development project.

For 2022, we plan to award 20-35 grants. The ceiling for the award is $75,000 and the floor is $25,000.

All NABDI projects must be completed within one year unless a no-cost extension is provided by the awarding official.

NABDI grants are discretionary and go through a competitive evaluation process. They are not self-determination/638 contracts that are awarded through the Public Law 93-638 process and give a tribe authority over programs operated by the federal government for the tribe’s benefit.

The OIED will not offer a NABDI grant this Fiscal Year 2024.

What You Need

All NABDI proposals must meet eligibility requirements and include all documents/mandatory components listed in the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). All applicants must complete the Application for Federal Assistance SF-424, version 4.

Please read the NOFO thoroughly to understand the application process and what is required.

To be considered for funding, you must submit all required forms for your application prior to the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered for ranking towards funding.

Any information submitted to NABDI becomes part of government records and may be subject to disclosure to third parties.


There is no cost to apply, but the Department of the Interior and Indian Affairs are not responsible for application preparation costs.

How to Apply

Submit Online

The required method of submitting proposals is through Grants.gov.

Next Steps

After we receive your application, we’ll send you a confirmation email within five business days.