Village Planning & Grant Writing

What We Do

In 2011, TCC passed a Full Board of Directors Resolution stating TCC would commit to the creation of one job per community and employ personnel living in those communities who understood the unique cultural and economic situations. Since inception of the Planning and Development program in 2013, TCC has awarded over 100 contracts. Through those contracts many community plans have been adopted, grants awarded and business plan developed.

  • The program provides technical assistance and capacity building to TCC member villages in the areas of planning, grant writing, and business development.
  • The program supports village based employment, increasing jobs in rural villages, and providing one-on-one mentorship.

Mission Statement:
Provide technical assistance to Tribal Councils to support sustainable community development for the Interior Alaska Native people.

Contact Us:

Community Planning

  • Village Based- Community Planning Specialist (CPS)
  • Training Opportunities
  • Technical Assistance
  • Meeting Facilitation
  • Mentorship and Support
  • Community Plan Development
  • Project Support and Data

Grant Development

  • Village Based- Grant Writers (GDS)
  • Contract Grant Writers
  • Training & Technical Assistance
  • Mentorship and Support
  • Project Planning

Economic Development

  • Regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)
  • Training Opportunities
  • Business Resources
  • Project Support and Data Collection Tools

The Village Planning and Development Program awards up to 20 contracts per year, 10 in both the spring and fall cycles. A village council can submit an application to hire a temporary Community Planning Specialist or a Grant Development Specialist during the advertisement period. An application is required from both the village council and the temporary employee. If approved, the temporary Community Planning or Grant Development Specialist contract period is 16 weeks long.

Recent Headlines

“Tribes can receive funding with strategic planning and a successful grant application”

A successful grant application consists of these very basic steps:

  • Plan and prepare: Involve the community, identify the need, decide how the problem can be addressed, conduct a feasibility study, gain site control and describe what you hope to achieve.
  • Research Funding Opportunities: Decide on a funding source, read the notice of funding available (NOFA), determine if you are eligible, contact the funding agency and establish a relations with the program officer and involve the funding agency.
  • Write and submit the Grant: Follow the instructions in the NOFA, tailor the proposal to the criteria, follow a checklist, meet the application deadline and submit the grant application.
  • Follow Up: If you are awarded, you will receive guidelines to begin the project. If you are not awarded, you have the opportunity to get feedback on what needs to be improved upon in the proposal.

TCC Planning and Development is available to help Tribes with grant writing efforts, the tribe will need to show what planning and preparation has been done.  If your Tribe is ready for a project and wants grant writing assistance, please fill this form out and return with a resolution from the Tribe supporting the project.


“The community creating a five-year strategic plan with the whole village in mind.”

A good community plan consists of three main parts:

  • The community’s vision and values; what people want the community to look like in the future and what makes the community a unique place to live.
  • Characteristics of the community; such as its history, culture, infrastructure, population, housing, governance, community events, and the economy.
  • Prioritizing the community’s top goals and setting objectives to achieve those goals.

The planning process is a good way to get feedback from all community members to strengthen the efforts and goals of the Tribal Council and to identify what is essential for the well-being of the community.

When it comes to seeking funding, having a community plan is an important step in any grant application.


Community Plans


What is Economic Development?  A set of programs & policies that aid in the creation, retention and expansion of jobs; the development of a stable tax base; and the enhancement of wealth.

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) developed the TCC Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) to identify ways to strengthen the regional economy. The Economic Development Administration (EDA) cannot provide grant assistance without a current and active CEDS. TCC saw the need for assistance as communities and residents struggled to meet their daily needs and pushed forward toward development of this 2016-2021 CEDS.

This planning effort was initiated by Tanana Chiefs Conference with extensive input from member tribes as well as many partner organizations, businesses and residents. For a list of key participants and organizations, please see the Acknowledgements page.

The primary goals of the TCC CEDS are to expand employment opportunities for residents in rural Interior Alaska and to improve the quality of life in Interior Alaska villages. This document provides a comprehensive overview of the region, along with an economic picture and development strategies for the future.

CEDS at a Glance

When you think of TCC CEDS envision increased employment opportunities, a strengthened regional economy with resilient communities and thriving businesses.

  • Top 5 Goals
  • 8 Priority Strategies
  • A picture of what the economy looks like in the TCC Region illustrated by a SWOT Analysis
  • Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats
  • 347 Regional Survey responses which provided critical data & input setting the direction of the CEDS Document.
  • Regional Socioeconomic Data
  • Regional Future Direction: Action Plan & Performance Measures