Program Development Monthly Report
The Department of Program Development writes various grants for BBNA; develops new programs; assist staff in development of grant proposals by providing a template of grant materials such as organizational and regional descriptions, demographic information; and a resource for new available funding.
The Department of Program Development is made of several programs: Economic Development, Tribal Energy, Media Services, and a Demonstration Project - the Tribal Grant Writers Advancement Program.
Economic Development Program:
The Economic Development Program purpose is to promote sustainable economic development within the Bristol Bay region and ensure full participation by the Native community in the economy.
The Media Services purpose is to promote a positive image of BBNA, to publish information about BBNA, and to assist management and staff improving BBNA’s communication.
Tribal Energy Program:
The Tribal Energy Program's mission is to faciliate energy subsidy and efficiency programs, and deploy renewable energy applications to energize the economy of the Bristol Bay Region.
Tribal Grant Writers Advancement Program
The Tribal Grant Writers Advancement Program demonstration project kicked off in April 2012 with the recruitment of a Demonstration Project Manager, Ralph F. Andrew. Program development continues in preparation for the recruitment, training and support of four Tribal Grant Writers with four participating Tribal Councils – Aleknagik, Ekuk, Curyung, and Manokotak. Elements of the demonstration project may expand later to other communities, subject to project success and funding availability. The goal is to provide Tribal Grant Writers who will seek funding for local Tribal projects and activities to support local strategies, priorities and plans.
An individualized plan will be developed for each new Grant Writer describing the training and technical assistance needs they have to be successful at their job. The Grant Writer’s initial goals will be to participate in training and raise funds that offset their employment costs, eventually supporting their position at the Tribal level.
The Demonstration Project Manager, in coordination with internal BBNA programs including Workforce Development and Community Service will develop internal and external partnerships to support training and technical services for the Tribal Grant Writers. Training plans and classes are under development and will include courses for credit offered through the UAF Bristol Bay Campus. Technical support services will include development of a grants and funding clearinghouse and a digital training library.