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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