Eligibility for FY 2020 NABDI grants was limited to projects located in Opportunity Zones, which are economically disadvantaged communities that are eligible for tax advantages. 

We use a competitive review system with well-defined criteria to select the most qualified projects for funding. NABDI is a competitive, discretionary program. 

FY 2020 proposals were evaluated on their potential to create jobs and stimulate economic activity within a Native community, the applicant’s willingness to consider implementing recommendations resulting from the feasibility study and the applicant’s focus on obtaining qualified guidance on how to attract investment from an Opportunity Fund.  

We often receive more proposals than can be funded by our annual budget, which is determined by Congress and varies on a year-to-year basis.

Funded in 2019 





Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation 



Determine the economic feasibility of developing and operating a hotel and conference center 

Chippewa Cree Indians of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation 



Explore the possibility of building and operating a combined fuel station, convenience store and oil change facility 

Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation 



Determine the best use for a land parcel to further its goal of developing an industrial warehouse and distribution center 

Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation 

Nevada and Utah 


Evaluate a proposed commercial site for tourism purposes 

Delaware Nation 



Explore the potential for opening another call center 

Elk Valley Rancheria 



Explore the viability of developing a destination resort comprised of a hotel, conference center and casino 

Elko Band (Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada) 



Determine the financial viability of constructing a for-profit hospital and elective surgery center 

Fond du Lac Band (Minnesota Chippewa Tribe) 



Investigate the feasibility of starting a commercial wood boiler manufacturing business 

Gila River Indian Community 



Explore how to leverage investments to start a training center 

Hoopa Valley Tribe 



Determine the size, scope and viability of establishing a travel center 

Hualapai Indian Tribe 



Explore the possibility of leveraging the tribe’s location to develop a major tourist attraction 

Kashia Band of Pomo Indians of the Stewarts Point Rancheria 



Determine the viability of a for-profit abalone farm 

Leech Lake Band (Minnesota Chippewa Tribe) 



Evaluate the feasibility of developing an on-reservation affordable housing complex 

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe 

South Dakota 


Explore the costs and benefits of expanding the tribe’s existing propane program 

Nulato Village 



Identify the parts of a house that are made of wood to allow for full-time employment of a construction crew instead of providing only seasonal work 

Organized Village of Kake 



Explore the feasibility of developing a mariculture business 

Passamaquoddy Tribe - Pleasant Point 



Investigate how to re-direct and re-invest funds that the tribe spends off-reservation on fuels for its tribal transportation and road maintenance vehicles 

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe 



Conduct a market analysis for the proposed development of an on-reservation permanent supportive housing complex for tribal members 

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe 

New York 


Explore the possibility of turning an old building into an art gallery and park 

Sitka Tribe of Alaska 



Determine the economic benefits of developing a tannery for tourists  

South Fork Band (Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada) 



Evaluate the financial sustainability of a recreational vehicle park project 

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