COVID-19 Funding in Indian Country

This page has been prepared with the support of Empire Health Foundation and the Montana Healthcare Foundation and is intended as a resource for the Indian Nations, Indian Organizations, Urban Indian Organizations, and not-for-profit organizations of Northeastern Washington and Montana.

The links below will take you to a description of the programs and the funding that may be available to Indian Nations, Indian Organizations, Urban Indian Organizations and not-for-profit organizations. Where available, there are links that further describe the opportunities and how funding may be accessed. As further information is identified, this page will be updated. This includes links to specific requests for proposals (Notice of Funds Available). As time permits, synopses of these opportunities will be prepared to allow you to quickly evaluate the opportunity. 

PLEASE NOTE All information has been date stamped. You may look for new information by simple doing a search (CTRL + F) for the term “ADDED.” Periodically, older information will be eliminated.

If you should have any questions or concerns regarding this information, or if you should need additional information and/or assistance, please feel free to contact Stephen Reichard or call 509-999-3091. If you require assistance in pursuing any of these funding opportunities, for Montana-based Indian nations, Indian Organizations, Urban Indian Organizations and non-profit organizations, please contact Tressie White. For Washington-based Indian nations, Indian Organizations, Urban Indian Organizations and non-profit organizations, please contact Shivon Brite.

Urgent/New

Links to new items and items with deadlines will be posted here. As the deadlines pass, these links will be removed. In general, inks to new items will be removed every three days although highly important items will remain longer.

A large number of funding opportunities have recently been released. A power point presentation has been prepared describing those opportunities that have been posted between 12/1/2020 and 1/12/2021 which may be downloaded here. All of the funding announcements associated with the opportunities described in the power point presentation may be found on this webpage.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury has announced a Listening Session focused solely on the CARES Act and not on pending legislation.  The Listening Session is off the record and not for press purposes. The consultation will be held via teleconference on Thursday, March 18, 2021, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ETRegister here.  Please use Conference number: 2049303 and Passcode: 9392795 to register.

HUD has issued its annual Tribal Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing grant opportunity. To learn more, click here.

HUD has issued two new tribal leaders letters regarding funding available through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 and the 2020 IHBG Cares and 2020 IHBG. To learn more, click here.

The Environmental Protection Agency has released a cooperative funding agreement opportunity to support environmental justice projects in low-income communities and communities of color. To learn more, click here.

The CDC has issued a funding opportunity to prevent violence. To learn more, click here.

The Department of Interior has issued its annual Tribal Heritage Grants opportunity. To learn more, click here.

The Environmental Protection Agency as released a funding opportunity for environmental justice projects. To learn more, click here.

The Secretary of Health and Human Services has issued a Dear Tribal Leaders letter regarding the stimulus package that is expected to be adopted by the U.S. Senate shortly. The letter announces a series of tribal consultations to take place over the next month. To download the letter, click here.

SAMHSA has issued its annual SBIRT opportunity. To learn more, click here.

The Montana Healthcare Foundation has issued a call for proposals. To learn more, click here.

SAMHSA has issued a funding opportunity to expand/enhance access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT). To learn more, click here.

The CDC has issued a forecast to address the social determinants of health. To learn more, click here.

The National Park Service has issued its annual Tribal Historic Preservation Office grant opportunity. To learn more, click here.

The CDC has issued a forecast for a competitive grant opportunity to address the social determinants of health. To learn more, click here.

National Endowment for the Humanities

Last updated on November 13th, 2020

ADDED ON 11/13/20: The National Endowment for the Humanities has issued a funding opportunity for the preservation of cultural resources. Planning grants are available up to $50,000 and implementation grants are available up to $300,000. Applications are due on January 14, 2021. To download the funding opportunity, click here.

Administration for Native Americans

Last updated on December 29th, 2020

ADDED ON OCTOBER 23, 2020: The Administration for Native Americans issued four forecasts today for FY 2021 grant opportunities. The anticipated grant opportunity release date for all three opportunities is February 22, 2021.

The Social and Economic Development Opportunity grant offers up to $400,000/yr for three years to support community-driven projects designed to grow local economies, strengthen Native American families, including the preservation of Native American cultures, and decrease the high rate of current challenges caused by the lack of community-based businesses, and social and economic infrastructure in Native American communities. ANA anticipates that the full funding opportunity will be released on February 21 with a due date of May 21. To download the forecast. click here.

The Social and Economic Development Opportunity-Growing Organization (SEDS-GO) grant offers up to $200,000/yr for three years to build capacity within Tribes, Native Non-Profits, and other entities which are eligible for ANA funding to strengthen their organizational capacity to compete for and sustain federal grants. The purpose of the Social Economic Development Strategies for Growing Organizations (SEDS-GO) is to provide financial assistance to Tribes and Native organizations that need to build internal capacity in order to better serve the communities where services are provided. You can download the official synopsis by clicking here.

The Esther Martinez Language Preservation Initiative offers up to $300,000 per year for three years to support community-based projects that ensure continuing vitality of Native languages through immersion-based instruction. You can download the official synopsis by clicking here.

Finally, the Native American Language Preservation grant opportunity provides up to $300,000 per year in funding for initiatives to support assessments of the status of the native languages in an established community, as well as the planning, designing, restoration, and implementing of native language curriculum and education projects to support a community’s language preservation goals. You can download the official synopsis by clicking here.

TREASURY

Last updated on January 27th, 2021

ADDED ON 1/8/2020: Treasury has made $25 billion, including $800 million for Tribes or their Tribally Designated Housing Entities, for Emergency Rental Assistance for individuals who are unable to pay their rent or utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will be allocated by the U.S. Department of the Treasury using the FY 2020 Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Formula.  To learn more about the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, click here. Meanwhile, the CDC has extended its eviction moratorium through January 31, 2021.

ADDED ON 9/9/2020: Treasury has issued new guidance around CARES Act funding for states, tribes and territories. This new guidance provides additional clarification regarding what may constitute an eligible expense as well as fresh guidance related to the timelines for expenditures. To download the guidance, click here.

ADDED ON 7/9/2020: The Department of the Treasury has released a new guidance for State, Territorial and Tribal governments. To download the guidance, click here.

ADDED ON 6/17/2020: The Bureau of Indian Affairs has issued a Adaptive Operations Recovery Plan to provide strategic direction and guidance to IA offices to resume phased operations consistent with State and tribal guidance. To download the Recovery Plan, click here.

ADDED ON 4/30/2020: The CARES Act set aside $474 Billion in loans and loan guarantees for corporations. Tribes are expressly included within this definition. To learn more about the corporate loan program, click here.

ADDED ON 4/27//2020: Treasury issued guidance for state, territorial and tribal governments receiving funding under the CARES Act. The guidance sets forth the Department of the Treasury’s interpretation of these limitations on the permissible use of Fund payments, and may be found here.

CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

Last updated on March 3rd, 2021

ADDED ON 3/3/2021: The CDC has issued a funding opportunity to prevent violence among adolescents and young adults at the societal level. Awards are capped at $250,000 per year for five years. Proposals are due on May 1, 2021. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the entire funding opportunity, click here.

ADDED ON 2/28/2021: The CDC has issued a forecast for a competitive grant opportunity to address the social determinants of health. Maximum award will be $125,000. The CDC anticipates releasing the opportunity in mid-April. To download the forecast, click here. And stay tuned. This sounds like a good one!

ADDED ON 1/13/2021: The CDC has issued a forecast for a drug free communities funding opportunity. The goals of this opportunity are to: 1) Establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, public and private non-profit agencies, as well as federal, state, local, and tribal governments to support the efforts of community coalitions working to prevent and reduce substance abuse among youth (individuals 18 years of age and younger). 2) Reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, reduce substance abuse among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse. The CDC anticipates releasing the funding opportunity on February 15, 2021 with a due date of April 15, 2021. To download the forecast, click here.

ADDED ON 12/22/2020: The Centers for Disease Control has issued a forecast for a funding opportunity to address the impact of COVID-19 through training and deployment of community health workers (CHWs) and by building and strengthening community resilience to fight COVID-19 through addressing existing health disparities in the population. Goals of this NOFO will be accomplished in three key areas: Component A: CAPACITY BUILDING Component B: IMPLEMENTATION READY Component C: INNOVATION [demonstration projects]. The CDC anticipates releasing the Notice of Funding Opportunity on February 23, 2021 with a due date of April 24. To download the official forecast, click here.

ADDED ON 7/13/2020: The federal government has cancelled grant waivers associated with the COVID-19 pandemic with the exception of a waiver on salaries being paid by grants in which personnel may be temporarily diverted to pandemic-related activities, and the suspension of audit activities. These two waivers are extended until September 30, 2020. To read the memo from the Executive Office of the President to Executive Departments and Agencies, click here.

ADDED ON 5/22/2020: The CDC has issued guidance on how a community can develop an effective plan for addressing an outbreak of COVID. To download the guidance, click here.

CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES

Last updated on December 2nd, 2020

ADDED ON 10/15/2020: CMS has issued a fact sheet regarding repayment terms for healthcare providers that received accelerated and/or advanced payments under the COVID emergency. To download the fact sheet, click here

ADDED ON 10/8/2020: CMS has issued the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model cooperative agreement. CHART is a voluntary payment model designed to meet the unique needs of rural communities. The CHART Model will test whether aligned financial incentives, increased operational flexibility, and robust technical support promote rural health care providers’ capacity to implement effective health care delivery system redesign on a broad scale. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) will evaluate the impact of the CHART Model on Medicare and Medicaid expenditures, access to care, quality of care, and health outcomes for rural residents. CMS will provide up to 15 awards with funding up to $5,000,000 per proposal, proposals are due in February, 2021.  To download and read the Grants.gov synopsis, click here. To download and read the entire NOFO, click here.

ADDED ON 7/21/2020: CMS has issued a fact sheet on new and expanded flexibilities for Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Centers during the pandemic. To download the fact sheet, click here.

ADDED ON 6/16/2020: Beginning Aug. 1, 2020, the federal government is requiring all laboratories to report racial and ethnic information about everyone tested for COVID-19 to examine the pandemic’s demographic disparities. All labs conducting coronavirus or antibody tests must collect 18 data points about the person, including test result, age, gender, and location, in addition to race and ethnicity. The information will be submitted within 24 hours to state or local health departments, which will forward it to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

ADDED ON 5/18/2020: CMS has issued additional temporary guidance and waivers to health clinics regarding serology testing and billing during the pandemic. To read the guidance, click here.

ADDED ON 5/4/2020: CMS has posted a COVID-19 Partner Toolkit on-line with resources for providers. It may be found here. It includes transcripts of near-daily dial-in calls for specific service providers types, such as Hospice, nursing homes, etc.

ADDED ON 5/1/2020: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued new guidance yesterday that included waivers to expand access to the ability to deliver services via telehealth to all Medicare providers as well as  a waiver for audio-only telehealth. The full guidance, which runs 36 pages, may be found here.

ADDED ON 4/29/2020: CMS has issued a comprehensive guidance on waivers associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes information on waivers around telehealth, HIPAA, etc. That guidance may be found here.

  1. The funding will be in the form of grants based on Medicare revenue. There are no strings attached to the grants, which will allow healthcare providers receiving these funds to “spend that in any way that they see fit.”
  2. For healthcare providers with direct deposit accounts set up with CMS, the funds will be automatically deposited into the provider’s bank accounts. For providers without direct deposit, CMS will require the providers to complete a “very simple” registration in order to receive the funds. CMS has not yet released further details regarding the registration process.
  3. The first round of funding is expected to happen this week.
  4. Funding is not available on a first-come, first-serve basis; the program is based on providers’ Medicare revenue.
  5. The second tranche of funding will address organizations and healthcare providers that receive significant revenue from sources other than Medicare, including pediatricians, children’s hospitals, OB-GYNs, nursing homes and other providers receiving funds primarily from Medicaid or other payer sources.

To read more, click here.

FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

Last updated on January 7th, 2021

ADDED ON 10/8/2020: The FCC has issued an extension to provide COVID-19 Program funding recipients additional time to purchase eligible items to provide telehealth services to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. To download and read the extension, click here.

CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

Last updated on January 20th, 2021

Administration for Children and Families:

ADDED ON JANUARY 20, 2021: The Administration for Children and Families has issued a funding opportunity to support community-based efforts in tribal and migrant communities that prevent child maltreatment and to strengthen and support families. Proposals are due on April 20, 2021. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the entire NOFO, click here.

ADDED ON NOVEMBER 13, 2020: The Administration for Children and Families has issued a forecast for a funding opportunity to develop a result-based, comprehensive strategy for addressing behavioral health and/or chronic pain among older adults and adults with disabilities living in your community; and, to increase the number of older adults and adults with disabilities who participate in evidence-based self-management education and/or self-management support programs to empower them to better manage these chronic condition(s), while concurrently pursuing the sustainability of these programs beyond the end of the grant period. The projected release date for this opportunity is December 2, 2020. Award ceilings are projected at $300,000 

ADDED ON 9/9/2020: ACF has issued a forecast for funding to be released in March, 2021 to support community-based efforts in tribal and migrant communities that prevent child maltreatment and to strengthen and support families. To download the forecast, click here.

ADDED ON 9/9/2020: ACF has issued a forecast for a funding opportunity to be released in March 2021 to develop and implement projects that educate American Indian/Alaska Native on abstinence and contraception to prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. To download the synopsis, click here.

ADDED ON 8/27/2020: A funding roadmap for food and nutrition services may be found here.

ADDED ON 6/14/2020: The Administration for Children and Families has provided additional guidance on flexibilities permitted with existing grant funding to address the COVID-19 pandemic. To download this most recent guidance, click here.

ADDED ON 5/15/2020: The Administration for Children and Families issued guidance for day care providers receiving discretionary funding under the CARES Act through the Child Care Development Block Grant program. To read the guidance, click here.

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Last updated on January 12th, 2021

ADDED ON 1/12/2021: USDA has issued its annual Rural Community Development Initiative funding opportunity. This opportunity is designed to assist eligible organizations, including Indian tribes and Indian organizations, to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the official opportunity notice, click here.

ADDED ON 1/7/2021: The USDA has issued a request for proposals for its Food Distribution Program and Nutrition Education on Indian Reservations. The purpose of the FDPIR is to improve the likelihood that persons eligible for FDPIR will make healthy food choices consistent with the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and USDA MyPlate Guidance. Proposals are due on March 8, 2021. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the full funding opportunity, click here

ADDED ON 10/16/2020: The USDA has issued a request for proposals from tribal land grant colleges and universities to conduct agricultural research that addresses high priority concerns of tribal, national, or multi-state significance. Proposals are due on January 13, 2021. To download the NOFA, click here.

ADDED ON 4/27/2020: The Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Development has issued a document on available resources arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.  It includes a Rural Development Guaranteed Loan Program, forbearance on 538 loans, guidance on moratoriums around evictions for renters and mortgage holders, as well as guidance around new funding made available through the CARES Act. The document may be read here.

ADDED ON 4/23/2020: The Department of Agriculture announced that farmers and ranchers will have additional time to repay Marketing Assistance loans. To learn more, click here. Similarly, the USDA has given lenders temporary exception to allow payment deferrals for USDA-backed loans. To learn more, read here.

ADDED ON 4/23/2020: The Department of Agriculture has released a handbook, the Federal Rural Resource Guide, to assist rural communities in identifying resources and opportunities to assist them through the COVID-19 pandemic. You can download that resource guide here.

SNAP

ADDED ON 4/8/2020: To review SNAP program waivers by State, click here.

  • SNAP Benefits for Kids: States can alter their SNAP programs to provide direct aid to households with children eligible for free or reduced-price school meals, if a school is closed for at least five consecutive days because of the coronavirus;
  • SNAP Work Requirements: The bill would waive federal work requirements for SNAP eligibility;
  • States could request emergency allotments of food aid to support increased participation in SNAP.

WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN

Food Package Substitution Waivers: FFRCA provides USDA the authority to allow states and Indian Tribal Organizations to permit appropriate substitutes for the types and amounts of certain WIC-prescribed foods if their availability is limited. (Guidance for States on Food Package Substitution Waivers). ADDED 4/4/2020.

ADDED ON 4/8/2020: A FNS FAQ on its response to COVID-19 may be found here.

FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICES OF THE USDA

ADDED ON 4/12/2020: The FDA announced best practices for food handling during the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more, click here.

FNS has approved waivers from all 50 states, DC, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands, enabling Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option (SSO) sponsors to serve meals in a non-congregate setting and at school sites during school closures related to the coronavirus. FNS also issued guidance on meal delivery using existing authorities in summer meal programs.

  • Pandemic EBT: As a result of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020, children who would receive free or reduced-price meals if not for school closures are eligible to receive assistance under this provision. USDA is providing guidance to state agencies on plan requirements in order to receive approval. (Guidance for States on Pandemic EBT)
  • Nationwide Meal Times Waiver: FNS has provided a nationwide waiver to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus. (Guidance for States on Meal Times Nationwide Waivers)
  • Nationwide Non-congregate Feeding Waiver: FNS has provided a nationwide waiver of congregate feeding requirements to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus. (Guidance for States on Non-Congregate Feeding Nationwide Waivers)
  • Nationwide Afterschool Activity Waiver: FNS has provided a nationwide waiver to support access to nutritious meals and snacks while minimizing potential exposure to the novel coronavirus. (Guidance for States on Afterschool Activity Nationwide Waivers)
  • Nationwide Meal Pattern Waiver: FNS has provided nationwide approval for states to locally waive specific meal pattern requirements as needed to support access to nutritious meals when certain foods are not available due to the novel coronavirus. (Guidance for States on Meal Pattern Waivers)
  • Nationwide Parent/Guardian Meal Pickup Waiver: FNS is allowing states approved for non-congregate feeding to waive the rule preventing parents and guardians from picking up meals for their children, as long as they protect accountability and integrity. (Guidance for States on Meal Pickup Waivers)
  • Nationwide Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Data Waiver: FNS is extending CEP election, notification and reporting and deadlines for School Year 2020-21. (Guidance for States on CEP Waivers)
  • Nationwide Waivers of Child Nutrition Monitoring: FNS has used its authority under FFRCA to waive certain onsite monitoring requirements for the school meals programs, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, and the Summer Food Service Program, to maintain program integrity and support social distancing while providing meals. (Guidance for States on Monitoring Waivers)

FNS REGIONAL CONTACTS:

Mountain Plains Regional Office, Disaster Assistance Coordinator, Philip Fraley, 303-844-0341

Western Regional Office, Disaster Assistance Coordinator, Maribelle Balbes, 415-437-8802

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Last updated on February 19th, 2021

ADDED ON FEBRUARY 19, 2021: DOJ has released a funding opportunity to assist tribal governments and authorized designees of tribal governments to respond to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, sex trafficking, and stalking in their communities. Proposals are due on April 7, 2021. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the entire funding opportunity, click here.

ADDED ON JANUARY 25, 2021: DOJ has released a funding opportunity to tribal governments to support to exercise special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction (SDVCJ). The purpose of this funding opportunity is to defray costs resulting from a tribe’s exercise of SDVCJ, including costs associated with law enforcement, prosecution, trial and appellate courts, probation systems, detention and correction facilities, alternative rehabilitation, culturally appropriate assistance for victims and their families, providing defense counsel to indigent criminal defendants, and empaneling juries. Responses are due on March 30, 2021.  To download the funding opportunity, click here

ADDED ON JANUARY 25, 2021: DOJ has released a funding opportunity to provide culturally specific services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the full funding opportunity, click here. Proposals are due on March 23. To learn more, click here.

ADDED ON JANUARY 20, 2021: DOJ has FINALLY released the Comprehensive Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS). Responses are due on March 16, 2021. CTAS includes ten separate funding opportunities from distinct departments within the Department of Justice. Opportunities range from funding new officers and training to prevention activities and adult, drug and youth courts.  There is even money for capital projects. To download the comprehensive funding opportunity, click here.

ADDED ON JANUARY 20, 2021: DOJ has released a funding opportunity to support children exposed to violence. The overall goal of the program is to build the capacity of families and communities to help children exposed to violence. Proposals are due on March 8. Tribes, tribal organizations, local governments, and non-profit organizations are all eligible. To download the full funding opportunity, click here

ADDED ON JANUARY 17, 2021: DOJ’s Office on Violence Against Women has issued a funding opportunity to establish, maintain, and expand sustainable, culturally appropriate services that address the unique needs and challenges of victims of sexual assault from culturally specific communities. Proposals are due on March 1, 2021. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the entire funding opportunity, click here

ADDED ON JANUARY 17, 2021: DOJ’s Office on Violence Against Women has issued a funding opportunity to enhance the safety of rural victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and supports projects uniquely designed to address and prevent these crimes in rural areas. Proposals are due on March 12, 2021. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the entire NOFO, click here.  

ADDED ON January 17, 2021: DOJ’s Office of Violence Against Women has issued a funding opportunity to support comprehensive, community-based efforts to develop or expand prevention, intervention, treatment, and response strategies to address the needs of children and youth impacted by domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Proposals are due on March 9, 2021. To download the synopsis, click here. To download the entire funding opportunity, click here

ADDED ON January 17, 2021: DOJ’s Office of Violence Against Women has announced a funding opportunity to engage men and boys as allies in the prevention of violence against women. Proposals are due on March 9, 2021. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the entire funding opportunity, click here.

ADDED ON January 17, 2021: DOJ’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has issued a funding opportunity to support mentoring programs for youth affected by opioid crisis and drug addiction. Non-profit organizations, including tribal non-profits, are eligible. Proposals are due on March 2, 2021. To download the entire funding opportunity, click here

ADDED ON January 14, 2021: DOJ has announced a funding opportunity to support improving criminal justice responses to domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to encourage state, local, and tribal governments and courts to treat domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking as serious violations of criminal law requiring the coordinated involvement of the entire criminal justice system. Responses to this request for proposal are due on March 29, 2021. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the entire funding opportunity, click here

ADDED ON January 14, 2021: DOJ has announced a Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program funding opportunity. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support efforts to create, maintain, and expand sustainable sexual assault services provided by Tribes, tribal organizations, and nonprofit tribal organizations within Indian country and Alaska Native villages. Proposals are due on March, 4, 2021. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the entire funding opportunity, click here.

ADDED ON 1/13/2021: DOJ has announced two funding opportunities to assist Indian tribes that currently are exercising special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction (SDVCJ) by providing financial support for discrete costs that result from the exercise of SDVCJ and related training and technical assistance (TTA). Grant applications are due on March 26, 2021. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the entire first funding opportunity, click here. To download the second funding opportunity, click here.

ADDED ON 1/13/2021: DOJ has announced a funding opportunity to improve criminal responses to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The ICJR Program encourages state, local, and tribal governments and courts to treat domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking as serious violations of criminal law requiring the coordinated involvement of the entire criminal justice system. Proposals are due on March 29, 2021. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the entire funding opportunity, click here

ADDED ON 1/9/2021: DOJ has announced a funding opportunity to provide transitional housing assistance for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. Applications are due on March 2, 2021. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the full funding opportunity, click here.

ADDED ON 12/31/2020: DOJ has announced a Delinquency Prevention funding opportunity focused on helping youth avoid involvement in delinquency through reducing risk factors and enhancing protective factors in their schools, communities, and families.  Proposals are due on February 15, 2021. Awards will range between $250,000 and $500,000/yr for five years. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the full funding opportunity, click here.

ADDED ON 12/29/2020: DOJ’s National Institute of Justice seeks applications to fund new tribal-researcher capacity-building planning grants involving scientists working with tribal nations and organizations to develop tangible and mutually beneficial criminal or juvenile justice research studies that are rigorous and culturally appropriate. Research proposals must be tribally driven and address the challenges of fighting crime and strengthening justice systems in Indian country and Alaska Native villages. Applications are due on March 15, 2021. To download the entire funding opportunity, click here.

ADDED ON 12/29/2020: DOJ has issued a funding opportunity to provide funding to support girls who are involved in the juvenile justice system. The goal of this program is to reduce risk factors and promote protective factors for girls who come in contact with the juvenile justice system, and place them on a path toward success, stability, and long-term contribution to society. DOJ anticipates making five awards of approximately $425,000 each. To download the full funding opportunity, click here.

ADDED ON 12/23/2020: DOJ has issued a funding opportunity to support adult drug courts and veterans drug treatment courts. This funding opportunity provides financial and technical assistance to states, state courts, local courts, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments to implement and enhance the operations of adult drug courts and veterans treatment courts.DOJ anticipates making 80 awards with an average award size of $500,000. Applications are due on March 3, 2021. To download the funding opportunity, click here

ADDED ON 12/23/2020: DOJ has issued a funding opportunity to combat opioid abuse by youth. The purpose of this grant opportunity is to provide programs and services to youth and families impacted by both opioid and other substance use disorders. .  DOJ will make 11 awards of $750,000 each. Grant proposals are due on February 8, 2021. To download the funding opportunity, click here.  

ADDED ON 12/23/2020: DOJ has issued a funding opportunity to support family drug courts. The OJJDP Family Drug Court Program seeks to build the capacity of state and local courts, units of local government, and federally recognized tribal governments to establish new family drug courts, enhance existing family drug courts, or implement statewide or countywide family drug court practices that increase collaboration with substance abuse treatment and child welfare systems to ensure the provision of treatment and other services for families that improve child, parent, and family outcomes. Proposals are due on February 8, 2021. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the entire funding opportunity, click here.

ADDED ON 12/22/2020: DOJ has issued a funding opportunity notice to address juvenile re-entry from juvenile residential programs. The Second Chance Act Youth Offender Reentry Program encourages collaboration between state agencies, local government, and community- and faith-based organizations to address the challenges that reentry and recidivism reduction pose for moderate to high-risk juvenile offenders returning to their communities from juvenile residential or correctional facilities. Applications are due on February 5, 2021. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the full funding opportunity, click here.

ADDED ON 12/22/2020: DOJ has issued a funding opportunity to support juvenile courts. The Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Program builds the capacity of states, state and local courts, units of local government, and federally recognized tribal governments to implement new juvenile drug treatment courts (JDTCs) and enhance existing JDTCs for individuals with substance abuse problems or co-occurring mental health disorders, including histories of trauma. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the entire funding opportunity, click here

ADDED ON 12/20/2020: DOJ has issued a “pay for performance” funding opportunity to provide reentry services tailored to individuals leaving incarceration. This can include permanent supportive and recovery housing for those with substance use disorders. Applications are due on February 16, 2021. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the funding opportunity for permanent supportive housing, click here. To download the funding opportunity for recovery housing, click here

ADDED ON 8/31/2020: In October 2020, the Department of Justice grant making components―the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW)―will transition to one grants management system for all three grant components and a new payment management system. To download the memo regarding the COPS transition, click here; for the OJP memo, click here; and for the OVW memo, click here.

ADDED ON 4/24/20: U.S. Attorney General William Barr announced on Thursday the creation of task forces in all 93 U.S. Attorney Districts to investigate criminal activity associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic. In a memorandum to all U. S. Attorneys, AG Barr directed every U.S. Attorney’s Office to “prioritize the detection, investigation, and prosecution of all criminal conduct related to the current pandemic.” Read more here…

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Last updated on January 20th, 2021

ADDED ON JANUARY 20, 2021: The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a funding opportunity  to provide eligible, incarcerated individuals in state correctional facilities or local or county jails with workforce services prior to release and to continue services after release by transitioning the participants into reentry programs in the communities to which they will return. Non-profit organizations and local, county, state and tribal governments are eligible. Proposals are due on March 16, 2021. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the entire funding opportunity, click here

ADDED ON 9/12/2020: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hours Division issued new guidance regarding paid sick leave and extended family leave during the corona pandemic. These new regulations rollback expanded protections for workers that were implemented in the spring of 2020 and increase the burden on the employee to justify taking leave as a consequence of the pandemic. To download the press release from the Department of Labor, click here.

Small and midsize employers can begin taking advantage of two new refundable payroll tax credits, designed to immediately and fully reimburse them, dollar-for-dollar, for the cost of providing Coronavirus-related leave to their employees. This relief to employees and small and midsize businesses is provided under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed by President Trump on March 18, 2020. For more information, click here.

The Department of Labor announced that

  • certain employers must provide up to 80 hours of paid sick leave to employees who need to take leave from work for certain specified reasons related to COVID-19. These reasons may include the following:
    • the employee or someone the employee is caring for is subject to a government quarantine order or has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine;
    • the employee is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and is seeking medical attention; or,
    • the employee is caring for his or her son or daughter whose school or place of care is closed or whose child care provider is unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.
  • Provides direction for the effective administration of the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA), which requires that certain employers provide up to 10 weeks of paid, and 2 weeks unpaid, emergency family and medical leave to eligible employees if the employee is caring for his or her son or daughter whose school or place of care is closed or whose child care provider is unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.
  • ADDED 4/4/2020

Environmental Protection Agency

Last updated on March 3rd, 2021

ADDED ON MARCH 3, 2021: The Environmental Protection Agency has released a cooperative funding agreement opportunity with funding up to $160,000 over two years to support environmental justice projects in low-income communities and communities of color. To download the official synopsis, click here.  To download the full funding opportunity, click here.

ADDED ON MARCH 3, 2021: The Environmental Protection Agency has released a funding opportunity for small (up to $50,000), environmental justice projects in low-income communities and communities of color. Proposals are due on May 7. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the full funding opportunity, click here.

ADDED ON FEBRUARY 2, 2021: The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a request for applications from eligible entities, which includes 501 c 3 non-profit organizations and American Indian tribes to improve community health, resilience, and/or sustainability through pollution prevention and/or sustainable materials management implementation. Proposals are due on April 30, 2021. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the entire funding opportunity, click here.

ADDED ON NOVEMBER 13 ,2020: The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a Request for Applications from Indian Tribes and Intertribal Consortia for Nonpoint Source Management Grants Under Clean Water Act Section 319. Proposals are due on January 14 ,2021. The purpose of the Request for Applications is to develop and/or implement watershed-based plans and implement watershed projects that will result in significant steps towards solving nonpoint source (NPS) water quality impairments or threats on a watershed-wide basis. To download the Request for Applications, click here.

FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ADMINISTRATION (FEMA)

Last updated on January 14th, 2021

ADDED ON 1/14/2021: FEMA has issued is annual Fire Prevention funding opportunity. The purpose of the AFG Program is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards. Proposals are due on February 26, 2021. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the full funding opportunity, click here

ADDED ON 11/23/2020: Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) will support states, local communities, tribes and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation projects, reducing the risks they face from disasters and natural hazards. BRIC is a new FEMA pre-disaster hazard mitigation program that replaces the existing Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program. Proposals are due on 1/29/2021. To download the NOFA, click here.

ADDED ON 7/31/2020: FEMA hosted a broadband workshop on July 20th to share the benefits of broadband expansion to underserved rural and tribal communities as part of the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. A deck of the slides may be downloaded here. A resource guide describing funding opportunities may be downloaded here.

ADDED ON 6/23/2020: FEMA has issued rules on the expenditure of funding for non-congregate shelter development. To download the guidance, click here.

ADDED ON 6/14/2020: FEMA has issued additional clarification around the repurposing of existing federal grants for the purposes of COVID relief funding. To download the memorandum, click here.

ADDED ON 5/5/2020: FEMA has developed a Preparedness Grants Manual to guide FY 2020 applicants and recipients of grant funding on how to manage their grants and other resources. You may download the manual here.

ADDED ON 4/27/2020: FEMA posted a FAQ for tribal governments responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. The FAQ is available here.

ADDED ON 4/15/2020: State, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments with the legal responsibility for protecting life, public health and safety are eligible applicants for assistance related to the purchase and distribution of food.

Governmental applicants may enter into formal agreements or contracts with private organizations, including private nonprofit organizations such as food banks, to purchase and distribute food when necessary as an emergency protective measure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In these cases, Public Assistance funding is provided to the legally responsible government entity, which would then reimburse the private organization for services under the agreement or contract. Read more…

ADDED ON 4/14/2020: FEMA released a Notice of Funds Available today to assist State, local, tribal, and territorial emergency management agencies with preventing, preparing for, and responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The NOFA provides approximately $5,000,000 for each region. The NOFA may be found here.

Eligible Assistance

Under the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration, FEMA may provide assistance for emergency protective measures including, but not limited to, the following, if not funded by the HHS/CDC or other federal agency. While some activities listed may be eligible for funding through HHS/CDC, final reimbursement determinations will be coordinated by HHS and FEMA. FEMA will not duplicate any assistance provided by HHS/CDC:

  • Management, control and reduction of immediate threats to public health and safety:
    • Emergency Operation Center costs
    • Training specific to the declared event
    • Disinfection of eligible public facilities
    • Technical assistance to state, tribal, territorial or local governments on emergency management and control of immediate threats to public health and safety
  • Emergency medical care:
    • Non‐deferrable medical treatment of infected persons in a shelter or temporary medical facility
    • Related medical facility services and supplies
    • Temporary medical facilities and/or enhanced medical/hospital capacity (for treatment when existing facilities are reasonably forecasted to become overloaded in the near term and cannot accommodate the patient load or to quarantine potentially infected persons)
    • Use of specialized medical equipment
    • Medical waste disposal
    • Emergency medical transport
  • Medical sheltering (e.g. when existing facilities are reasonably forecasted to become overloaded in the near future and cannot accommodate needs)
    • All sheltering must be conducted in accordance with standards and/or guidance approved by HHS/CDC and must be implemented in a manner that incorporates social distancing measures
    • Non‐congregate medical sheltering is subject to prior approval by FEMA and is limited to that which is reasonable and necessary to address the public health needs of the event, is pursuant to the direction of appropriate public health officials and does not extend beyond the duration of the Public Health Emergency.
  • Household pet sheltering and containment actions related to household pets in accordance with CDC guideline.
  • Purchase and distribution of food, water, ice, medicine, and other consumable supplies, to include personal protective equipment and hazardous material suits movement of supplies and persons.
  • Security and law enforcement
  • Communications of general health and safety information to the public.
  • Search and rescue to locate and recover members of the population requiring assistance.
  • Reimbursement for state, tribe, territory and/or local government force account overtime costs.

SIMPLIFIED APPLICATION: A Simplified Application Fact Sheet may be fund here.

ADDED ON 4/8/2020: FEMA released a Fact Sheet on support for non-profit organizations. That may be found here.

ADDED 4/6/2020: FEMA holds a weekly update for Fire Chiefs and EMS Chiefs on COVID-19 on Monday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. (EST). Today’s webinar focused on cost recovery. You may access the slide presentation and recording here, on the right hand column. From the 4/6 update: there is a competitive bidding waiver, thus you are NOT required to engage in competitive bidding for any COVID-19 related expenses for which you will be seeking reimbursement from FEMA. You may seek reimbursement for expenses incurred back to January 20. Careful documentation that distinguishes time and expenses that are specific to the COVID-19 response will be critical. It must be auditable. You must maintain records for at least three years. The most important thing to do is to open up a file in the accounts portal. This signals to FEMA to expect a request from your tribe. To view the 4/6/2020 webinar, click here.

FEMA released a press statement regarding FEMA Assistance for Tribes which may be found here. ADDED 4/4/20.

FEMA released a press statement regarding Emergency Medical Care on 3/31/2020 which may be found here. ADDED: 4/4/2020

Important Considerations Regarding FEMA:

Based on the President’s nationwide emergency declaration for the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on March 13, 2020, tribal governments have the option to request Public Assistance from FEMA as either a Recipient or Subrecipient.  Under the President’s national emergency declaration, states, territories, and tribes are not required to request individual Emergency Declarations, which is typically the case, in order to receive FEMA assistance. A Tribe may choose to receive assistance as a subrecipient under the State or as a direct recipient.

All FEMA awards require a 25% match. Traditionally, the state governments of Washington and Montana have picked up the 25% match for all subrecipients. Washington State has agreed to do so with regards to the COVID19 response. Montana has not made a formal decision with regards to the 25% match. However, Montana has always picked up on the 25% match in the past. If a tribe elects to seek assistance directly through FEMA, that tribe will need to come up with the 25% match, which can be in-kind as long as it is documented.

There are two types of declarations that can be made: An emergency declaration or a major disaster declaration. If a major disaster has been declared by a state government, anyone seeking funding directly from FEMA must have a mitigation plan in place. As of 3/31/20, both Washington and Montana have declared Major Disasters.

If a tribe elects to go directly to FEMA, it must also have a Federal Tribal Agreement in place, for which a template is available. Finally, if a tribe elects to go directly to FEMA, they must also have in place a Public Assistance Administrative Plan to document how assistance will be administered. In general, Carol Garcia, Tribal Relations Specialist for Region VIII, recommends that tribes establish a Tribal Emergency Response Committee comprised of representatives from all tribal departments so that everyone understands their respective roles in an emergency. Ms. Garcia also indicating that, in addition to the availability of the 25% match, the administrative burden of pursuing FEMA funding as a subrecipient is significantly less than that of pursuing funding directly through FEMA.

INTERIOR/BIA

Last updated on March 3rd, 2021

ADDED ON MARCH 3, 2021: The Department of Interior has issued its annual Tribal Heritage Grants opportunity to support cultural and historic preservation projects. Applications for up to $60,000 are due on May 5, 2021. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the entire funding opportunity, click here.

ADDED ON FEBRUARY 28, 2021: The National Park Service has issued its annual Tribal Historic Preservation Office grant opportunity with awards up to $200,000. Proposals are due on April 30. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the full funding opportunity, click here.

ADDED ON FEBRUARY 11, 2021: The Bureau of Indian Affairs has released two funding opportunities to address traffic safety on Indian lands. Funding may be used to support personnel expenses associated with traffic safety as well as marketing costs. Proposals are due on May 3, 2021. To download the funding opportunities, click here, and here.

ADDED ON JANUARY 27, 2021: The Department of Interior has issued a funding opportunity to fund surveys and inventories of historic properties associated with communities underrepresented in the National Register. Proposals are due on March 31, 2021. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the full funding opportunity, click here.

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Last updated on January 13th, 2021

ADDED ON 1/13/2021: The Department of Transportation has released a funding opportunity to increase State, Territorial, Tribal, and local effectiveness in safely and efficiently handling hazardous materials incidents, enhance implementation of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act of 1986 (EPCRA), and encourage a comprehensive approach to emergency training and planning by incorporating the unique challenges of responses to transportation situations. To download the funding opportunity, click here.

ADDED ON 8/10/2020: The Federal Transportation Administration has posted a FAQ of particular relevance to tribal transit recipients. To learn more, click here.

ADDED ON 6/17/2020: The Federal Transportation Administration has issued a Resource Tool for Public Transportation which provides a one-stop-shop for Federal COVID-19 guidance and recommendations, including information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The tool covers topics related to the public transportation industry such as sanitizing transit facilities and vehicles, personal protective equipment, physical distancing, and more. FTA updates the tool weekly to include newly issued guidance and provides a summary tab highlighting the updates for faster analysis. To download the Resource Tool, click here.

ADDED ON 5/15/2020: The FTA has issued an FAQ for FTA-funded tribal transit recipients. You can view the FAQ here.

The FTA has provided additional guidance around drug and alcohol testing of employees during the COVID-19 pandemic. That guidance may be found here.

HEALTH RESOURCES & SERVICES ADMINISTRATION

Last updated on January 15th, 2021

ADDED ON 1/12/2021: HRSA has issued a funding opportunity to reduce the morbidity and mortality of substance use disorders in high-risk rural communities. The purpose of this opportunity is to strengthen and expand prevention, treatment, and recovery services for rural individuals who misuse psychostimulants to enhance their ability to access treatment and move towards recovery. The submission deadline for this opportunity is April 12, 2021. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the full funding opportunity, click here

ADDED ON 12/22/2020: HRSA has issued a funding opportunity to address opioid disorders in rural communities. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to reduce the morbidity and mortality of substance use disorder (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD), in high risk rural communities. Applications are due on March 21, 2021 with award ceilings of $1,000,000.  To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the entire funding opportunity, click here.

ADDED ON 12/12/2020: HRSA has issued a funding opportunity to build integrated maternal and early childhood systems of care that are equitable, sustainable, comprehensive, and inclusive of the health system, and that promote early developmental health and family well-being and increase family-centered access to care and engagement of the prenatal-to-3 (P–3) population. Proposals are due on March 15, 2021. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the funding opportunity, click here.

ADDED ON 6/16/2020: The National Association of Community Health Centers has released a five-podcast series on how health centers can maintain their fiscal solvency during the COVID-19 pandemic. To access those podcasts, or their transcripts, click here.

ADDED ON 5/12/2020: HRSA launched a new webpage devoted to COVID-19 which is available here.

ADDED ON 5/2/2020: HRSA issued a number of waivers for FQHCs and Rural Health Clinics on Thursday regarding telehealth and payment rates. They may be found here.

ADDED ON 4/30/2020: HRSA has added a comprehensive FAQ regarding COVID-19 funding issues to its website, here. If you have conducted testing for COVID-19 on uninsured patients, you may seek reimbursement from HRSA. To learn how, click here.

ADDED ON 4/8/2020: If a FQHC is providing telehealth services within the health center’s scope of project, under the Health Center Program authorizing statute, FTCA will apply. Health centers do not need to request a change in scope to deliver in-scope services via telehealth on behalf of the health center from the provider’s home or from another location that is not a Form 5B Service Site. In addition, health centers do not need to have “Home Visits” listed on their Form 5C: Other Activities/ Locations in order to provide in-scope services via telehealth.To learn more, click here.

ADDED ON 4/8/2020: HRSA recognizes that health centers may need to change the hours of operation of their service sites during the declared emergency. No change in scope is necessary if your health center is temporarily increasing or decreasing hours of operation at one or more sites.

ADDED ON 4/6/2020 – HRSA has added a Coronavirus-related FAQ for HRSA grantees that responds to many urgent questions relating to costs, reporting, etc. That FAQ may be found here and here.

Visit the COVID-19 Supplemental Funding for Health Centers technical assistance (TA) webpage for resources.

HOUSING/HOMELESS

Last updated on March 4th, 2021

ADDED ON MARCH 4, 2021: HUD has issued two tribal leaders letters related to the use of funding for corona virus vaccines and regarding Tribal consultations surrounding the soon-to-be-approved  2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act. Tribes and tribally designated housing entities (TDHEs) may use their Indian Housing Block Grant CARES Act (IHBG-CARES) funds and FY 2020 IHBG funds to carry out a wide range of public health services designed to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19. To download the Dear Tribal Leaders letter associated with vaccines, click here.  With regards to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, HUD will host a Tribal Consultation in late March to secure input from Tribes regarding the disposition of funding to Tribes and TDHEs. To download the Dear Tribal Leaders letter associated with Tribal consultations and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, click here

ADDED ON MARCH 4, 2021: HUD has issued its annual Tribal Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing grant opportunity. Funding may be used to provide rental assistance and supportive services for veterans who are experiencing homelessness. Funding of $92 per month will be made available through this funding opportunity. HUD will make approximately 25 awards from the funds available and there is no maximum number of units for which an applicant can request funding. New applicants will have priority in the application process.  Applications are due on April 15, 2021. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the entire funding opportunity, click here

ADDED ON January 17, 2021: HUD has issued a funding opportunity for Tribes and Tribally-Designated Housing Entities to provide rental assistance and supportive services for Native American Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, living on or near a reservation or other Indian areas. Proposals are due on April 15, 2021. To download the synopsis, click here. To download the entire funding opportunity, click here.

ADDED ON OCTOBER 9, 2020: Due to the impact of the COVID-19 National Emergency, Tribes and TDHEs have experienced delays in expending their Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) program funding.  To provide relief to these Tribes and TDHEs, HUD is waiving the Undisbursed Funds Factor at 24 CFR 1000.342 with respect to the fiscal year (FY) 2021 IHBG program allocation formula. The waiver provided in this Notice only affects the FY 2021 IHBG formula allocations and does not apply to IHBG formula allocations in years beyond FY 2021. 

ADDED ON OCTOBER 2, 2020: The Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued a waiver of the  Undisbursed Funds Factor Requirements Under the Indian Housing Block Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2021. To download and read the waiver, click here.

ADDED ON 9/12/2020: The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) has issued a comprehensive list of federal resources available to assist tribes, tribal housing authorities, and tribal organizations to address the pandemic and to ensure compliance with duplication of benefits requirements. To download the resource list, click here.

ADDED ON 8/27/2020: A roadmap to housing funding may be downloaded here.

ADDED ON 5/22/2020: HUD has issued a Dear Lenders Letter providing significant extensions to the original COVID-19 mortgage-holder and renter forbearance issued as part of the CARES Act. To read the Dear Lenders Letter, click here.

 

INDIAN HEALTH SERVICE (IHS)

Last updated on January 20th, 2021

ADDED ON JANUARY 20, 2021: The Indian Health Service has released a Dear Tribal Leaders letter describing the distribution of funding to Indian Country from the most recently adopted stimulus package. It includes

  • $550 million to IHS programs and tribal health programs using existing distribution methodologies.
  •  THPs will receive these funds through bilateral modifications and/or amendments to their existing ISDEAA agreements – so the availability of these funds for construction of the Wellness Center hinges on the status of the Tribe’s 638 contract for behavioral health services.
  • $50 million to support urban Indian organizations
  • $190 million to purchase COVID-19 tests, test kits, testing supplies, therapeutics, and related PPE, which will be distributed throughout the I/T/U system.

To download the Tribal Leaders Letter, click here.

ADDED ON 12/2/2020: The Indian Health Service has released a forecast for its Zero Suicide Initiative. The purpose of this program is to improve the system of care for those at risk for suicide by implementing a comprehensive, culturally informed, multi-setting approach to suicide prevention in Indian health systems. There is no forecasted Notice of Funds Available release date.To download the forecast, click here.

ADDED ON 12/2/2020: The Indian Health Service has released a forecast for its annual domestic violence prevention program grant opportunity. The purpose of this Indian Health Service (IHS) grant is to support the development and/or expansion of a Domestic Violence Prevention (DVP) program by incorporating prevention efforts addressing social, spiritual, physical and emotional well-being of victims through the integration of culturally appropriate practices and trauma informed services for Tribes, Tribal organizations and Urban Indian organizations (UIO) serving the American Indian / Alaska Native (AI/AN) population. There is no forecasted Notice of Funds Available release date.To download the forecast, click here.

ADDED ON 12/2/2020: The Indian Health Service has released its forecast for a Youth Regional Treatment Center Aftercare Program. The purpose of the Youth Regional Treatment Center (YRTC) Aftercare Program is to address gaps in services that occur when youth transition from an YRTC treatment program and return home or to their designated caregiver. There is no forecasted Notice of Funds Available release date.To download the forecast, click here.

ADDED ON 12/2/2020: The Indian Health Service has released its forecast for its annual Special Diabetes Program. There is no forecasted Notice of Funds Available release date.To download the forecast, click here.

ADDED ON 12/2/2020: The Indian Health Service has released its forecast for its annual Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention Program: Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention funding opportunity.The primary purpose of this program is to reduce the prevalence of suicide among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations. Tribes can accomplish these goals by: 1.     Improving care coordination; 2.     Expanding behavioral health care services through the use of culturally appropriate evidence-based and practice-based models to address these issues; and 3.     In addition to any proposed activities for the adult population, develop, or expand on activities for the Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) Initiative by implementing early intervention strategies for American Indian / Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth at risk for suicidal behavior. There is no forecasted Notice of Funds Available release date.To download the forecast, click here.

ADDED ON 12/2/2020: The Indian Health Service has released its forecast for a cooperative agreement to support epidemiology programs for American Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Villages, and Urban Indian Organizations. The purpose of this Indian Health Service (IHS) cooperative agreement is to strengthen public health capacity and to fund Tribes, Tribal and urban Indian organizations, and intertribal consortia in identifying relevant health status indicators and priorities using sound epidemiologic principles. There is no forecasted Notice of Funds Available release date. To download the forecast, click here.

ADDED ON 12/2/2020: The Indian Health Service has released its forecast for its annual Behavioral Health Integration Initiative. The purpose of the Behavioral Health Integration Initiative program is to improve the physical and mental health status of people with behavioral health issues by developing an integrated and coordinated system of care. There is no forecasted Notice of Funds Available release date. To download the forecast, click here.

ADDED ON 12/2/2020: The Indian Health Service has released its forecast for its annual Substance Abuse and Suicide Prevention Program. The primary purpose of this program is to reduce the prevalence of substance use and decrease the overall use of addicting and illicit substances among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations. There is no forecasted Notice of Funds Available release date. To download the forecast, click here.

ADDED ON 4/21/2020: The Indian Health Service announced new rates for 2020 including the new outpatient tribal encounter rate of $379, a 5.3% increase from 2019. To see the entire new rate structure, click here.

ADDED ON 4/9/2020: Rough minutes from the 4/9/2020 national consultation may be found here.

OFFICE OF MINORITY HEALTH

Last updated on December 2nd, 2020

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH

Last updated on January 7th, 2021

ADDED ON 6/23/20: The National Institutes of Health has offered guidance to recipients and applicants of NIH funding regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. To download the guidance, click here.

OLDER AMERICANS

Last updated on December 2nd, 2020

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Last updated on December 2nd, 2020

ADDED ON 8/12/2020: The Small Business Administration, in coordination with the U.S. Treasury Department, has issued a revised FAQ regarding the Payroll Protection Program. To download the FAQ, click, here.

ADDED ON 6/25/2020: The SBA has made additional revisions to the Payroll Protection Program. You may read those provisions here, and here. Funds remain with the Payroll Protection Program. A revised borrower application may be found  here.  A revised lender form may be found here. A revised EZ forgiveness application may be found here.  A revised full forgiveness application may be found here.

ADDED ON 6/6/2020: The Senate passed, and the president signed, significant changes to the Payroll Protection Program:

  • Updating the percentage of PPP loans that need to be spent on payroll. The percentage is dropping from 75% to 60%, allowing businesses and nonprofits to spend more funds on other critical costs, including rent, mortgage payments, and utilities while still prioritizing workers.
  • Extending the window in which businesses can use their loans. Previously, PPP funds had to be spent within eight weeks. Now businesses have 24 weeks to use their funds. This is a critical change now that we know that the impact of COVID-19 is going to continue to affect our businesses throughout the summer and fall. 
  • Extending the safe harbor period for rehiring workers.Employers now have until December 31, 2020 to rehire their workers and still qualify for loan forgiveness.
  • Extending the loan term for businesses that do not have their loans forgiven. PPP recipients will now have five years, instead of two, to pay back any portion of their loan that is not forgiven
  • Paycheck Protection Program: $349 billion for small businesses including tribal businesses, self-employed and independent contractors with loans up to $10,000,000 to cover up to eight weeks of salary plus an additional 25%. Repayment is deferred for six months and a portion of the loan may be forgiven.
  • Low-interest loans for Small Businesses: On March 12, SBA announced it will work directly with states to provide targeted, low-interest disaster recovery loans to small businesses that have been severely impacted by COVID-19. Small businesses can receive up to $2 million in assistance. The business loan application may be found here.
  • Emergency Economic Injury Loans$10 billion in the CARES Act to provide an advance of $10,000 to small businesses and nonprofits that apply for an SBA economic injury disaster loan. This funding will be received within three days of applying for the loan and does not need to be repaid. Your business can use this grant to provide paid sick leave to employees, maintain payroll, meet increased production costs due to supply chain disruptions, or pay business obligations, including debts, rent and mortgage payments. You can apply for an economic injury loan here.
  • Debt Relief to new SBA BorrowersThe stimulus includes $17 billion in funding to provide immediate relief to small businesses with standard SBA 7(a), 504, or microloans issued prior to September 27, 2020. Under this provision, SBA will cover all loan payments for existing SBA borrowers, including principal, interest, and fees, for six months. This relief will also be available to new borrowers who take out an SBA loan before September 27, 2020. No further guidance as of 4/1/2020.

SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION (SAMHSA)

Last updated on March 2nd, 2021

ADDED ON 3/2/2021: SAMHSA has issued its annual SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) opportunity. Proposals are due on April 19, 2021. Ten awards will be issued for up to $995,000 per year for five years. State and local governments, Tribes and Tribal organizations and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. To download this funding opportunity, please click here.

ADDED ON 2/28/2021: SAMHSA has issued a funding opportunity to expand/enhance access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) services for persons with an opioid use disorder (OUD) seeking or receiving MAT. Proposals are due on April 27, 2021. Public and private entities are eligible. To download the official synopsis, click. here. To download the entire funding opportunity, click here

ADDED ON 12/20/2020: SAMHSA has issued a funding opportunity for its annual Tribal Opioid Response. The purpose of this opportunity is to address the opioid crisis in tribal communities by increasing access to culturally appropriate and evidence-based treatment. To download a highly detailed synopsis, click here. To download the entire funding opportunity, click here.

ADDED ON 12/10/2020: SAMHSA has issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement to support Community Service Treatment Centers as part of its National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative. The purpose of this opportunity is to provide and increase access to effective trauma-focused treatment and services systems in communities for children and adolescents, and their families who experience traumatic events throughout the nation. SAMHSA anticipates funding up to 62 entities at approximately $400,000 per year. To download a detailed synopsis of this opportunity, click here. To download the funding opportunity itself, click here.

ADDED ON 12/10/2020: SAMHSA has made a Funding Opportunity Announcement for a Tribal Behavioral Health Grant. The purpose of this program is to prevent suicide and substance misuse, reduce the impact of trauma, and promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth through the age of 24 years. Applications are due on February 8, 2021. SAMHSA anticipates making 29 awards with a maximum award of $250,000/yr for five years. To download a detailed synopsis of this opportunity, click here. To download the entire funding opportunity, click here

ADDED ON 12/10/2020: SAMHSA has made a Funding Opportunity Announcement to support the enhancement and treatment and recovery services for adolescents, transitional aged youth and their families. The purpose of this program is to enhance and expand comprehensive treatment, early intervention, and recovery support services for adolescents (ages 12-18) and transitional aged youth (ages 16-25) with substance use disorders (SUD) and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders (COD), and their families/primary caregivers. Applications are due on February 8, 2021. SAMHSA anticipates making 17 awards with an average award size of approximately $575,000. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the entire funding opportunity, click here.

ADDED ON 12/9/2020: SAMHSA has made a Funding Opportunity Announcement for its annual Systems of Care grant. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to improve the mental health outcomes for children and youth, birth through age 21, with serious emotional disturbances (SED), and their families. This program will support the implementation, expansion, and integration of the SOC approach by creating sustainable infrastructure and services that are required as part of the Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services for Children and their Families Program. Grant applications are due on February 5, 2021. To download the FOA, click here. To download a highly detailed synopsis of the opportunity, click here

ADDED ON 12/2/2020: SAMHSA has issued a forecast for a Rural Emergency Medical Services Training grant opportunity. The purpose of this program is to recruit and train emergency medical services (EMS) personnel in rural areas. Eligible applicants include rural emergency medical service agencies operated by a local or tribal government. SAMHSA has not issued a projected funding opportunity post date. To download the forecast, click here.

ADDED ON 12/2/2020: SAMHSA has issued a forecast for its Building Communities of Recovery grant program. Eligible applicants include domestic private nonprofit entities in states, territories, or tribes. The purpose of this program is to mobilize resources within and outside of the recovery community to increase the prevalence and quality of long-term recovery support from substance abuse and addiction. These grants are intended to support the development, enhancement, expansion, and delivery of recovery support services as well as promotion of and education about recovery. SAMHSA has not issued a projected funding opportunity post date. To download the forecast, click here.

TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE FOR NEEDY FAMILIES (TANF)

Last updated on December 2nd, 2020

Although no additional funds have been added to TANF through the CARES Act, the Department of Health and Human Services offers guidance on how TANF funds may be used flexibly to address the needs of families with (or expecting) children here. The National Governor’s Association has put out a useful memo on how TANF funds may be used here.

INDIVIDUAL IMPACTS

Last updated on December 2nd, 2020

STATE SPECIFIC

Last updated on March 1st, 2021

MONTANA

ADDED ON 3/1/2021: The Montana Healthcare Foundation has issued a call for proposals. The requests for proposals will be released on April 1, 2021. This year’s call for proposals offers grants between $10,000 and $50,000 for one-year projects and up to $100,000 for two-year projects. There will be three separate RFPs including:

  • Partnerships for Better Health: Supporting innovative, new partnerships between organizations in a community to address the root causes of illness and using existing resources more effectively to improve health outcomes and reduce costs.
  • American Indian Health: Supporting American Indian-led projects that address critical health and health care challenges and improve the social, economic, and educational challenges that drive health disparities.
  • Behavioral Health: Supporting collaborative, systems-based solutions to behavioral health challenges.

To learn more about these opportunities, please go here. As soon as these RFPs are released, they will be posted to this webpage. 

ADDED ON 2/8/2021: The Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development has released a funding opportunity to support planning and actual development costs associated with new job creation. Proposals are due on March 17, 20201. There is a $1 to $1 match required of this funding opportunity. To download the funding application, click here. To download the funding opportunity description, click here

ADDED ON 11/13/2020: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks’ Wildlife Habitat Improvement Program (WHIP) has issued a RFP for projects that enhance ecologically important wildlife habitat through control or management of noxious weeds that directly threaten habitat functions. To learn more, click here.

Application Period Now Open for the 2021 Funding Cycle

To qualify for funding, projects must:

  • Enhance ecolologically important wildlife habitat through control or management of noxious weeds that directly threaten habitat functions;
  • Use a landscape scale approach;
  • Have a reasonable probability of treatment effectiveness; and,
  • Include a minimum 25 percent non-federal cash match

WASHINGTON STATE

ADDED ON JANUARY 27, 2021: Commerce has released to funding opportunities to address the pandemic. One is directed toward non-profits serving marginalized communities. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support, extend and enhance services to marginalized communities as they address issues and needs in response to the coronavirus. To download this opportunity, click here.  The second opportunity is directed towards local and tribal governments and non-profit organizations and is designed to develop and enhance culturally and community specific services for individuals and communities as they relate to the pandemic. To download this opportunity, click here. Both proposals are due on February 26.

ADDED ON 12/3/2020: Small businesses struggling to survive the impact of COVID-19 can apply now for up to $20,000 in a new round of $50 million in state Working Washington grants. Priority is focused on businesses with annual revenues of $5 million or less in 2019 and those most impacted by the recent public health measures, as well as businesses in sectors that have experienced significant, cumulative impacts. To learn more, click here.

ADDED ON 11/23/2020: The Washington State Department of Commerce has issued a request for proposal to support cancer research projects that

  • Improve health outcomes and cancer care, including equitable access to the standard of care, for populations in Washington State, especially among populations for which cancer disparities are most prevalent;
  • Contribute to the understanding of how biological, behavioral, environmental, social, and structural factors affect cancer-related health, especially among populations for which cancer disparities are most prevalent; or
  • Translate results or current knowledge into innovative interventions to improve the health of populations and eliminate cancer disparities.

Proposals are due on February 12 2021. To learn more, click here.

ADDED ON 11/9/2020: The Washington State Department of Commerce has announced $4.5 million in funding for energy retrofits with individual grants of up to $500,000. Proposals are due on January 29, 2021. To download the RFP, click here.

HOMELAND SECURITY

Last updated on December 2nd, 2020

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR BUSINESSES

Last updated on April 29th, 2020

  • Assistance to Mid-sized Businesses: The CARES Act also creates a direct loan program for businesses and eligible nonprofit outfits with 500 to 10,000 employees. These loans have interest rates up to 2% and no interest or principal due for the first six months. Companies seeking aid must agree to a few requirements, including using the loan “to retain at least 90 percent of the recipient’s workforce, at full compensation and benefits, until September 30, 2020.” The recipient must also agree to not outsource jobs, to get rid of collective bargaining agreements, and to pay dividends or stock buybacks.
  • Deferral in payroll taxes: The CARES Act allows businesses to delay the payroll taxes typically paid by employers on wages. The 6.2 percent tax on wages businesses normally pay would instead have to be paid over the following two years, with the first half due Dec. 31, 2021, and the second half due at the end of 2022.
  • Retail tax fix: The CARES Act will allow retailers, restaurateurs and hotels to either immediately deduct from their taxes the full cost of improvements to restaurant, retail, and most other property (classified as 15-year property), or allow these costs to be depreciated over 20 years in the case of a real property trade or business.
  • Federal Emergency Paid Sick Leave Requirements: The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act requires employers to provide up to two weeks of fully-paid emergency sick leave to employees to self-quarantine, seek a diagnosis, or receive treatment for COVID-19. In order to offset the impact to small- and medium-sized businesses, employers are provided a refundable payroll tax credit to cover 100 percent of the cost of emergency paid sick leave wages. There is also a refundable income tax credit for self-employed individuals. These requirements apply to employers with fewer than 500 employees, state and local governments, and employers with employees who work under a multiemployer collective agreement.
  • Federal Paid Family Leave Requirements: The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act also requires employers to offer 12 weeks of paid family leave for an employee with a minor child in the event of the closure of the child’s school or place of childcare. The first two weeks are unpaid, but the employee can overlap this with the two weeks of emergency paid sick leave. This benefit must replace at least two-thirds of the employee’s wages up to a maximum of $200 per day. In order to offset the impact to small- and medium-sized businesses, employers are provided a refundable paid family leave payroll tax credit that offsets 100 percent of employer costs for providing mandated paid family leave. The credit also offsets the employer contribution for health insurance premiums for the employee for the period of leave. These requirements apply to employers with fewer than 500 employees, state and local governments, and employers with employees who work under a multiemployer collective agreement.

PRIVATE RESOURCES

Last updated on January 7th, 2021

 

ADDED ON 11/3/2020: First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is now accepting grant proposals through the GATHER Food Sovereignty Grant. First Nations will award up to 13 grants of approximately $32,000 each for work that contributes to a vision of Native communities and food systems that are self-directed, well-resourced and supported by community policies and systems. This opportunity targets emerging projects that focus on developing Tribal Food Sovereignty. To download the RFP, click here.

  • Learn about state health policy from a state leader of color;
  • Develop a project with that leader;
  • Engage in educational and professional development; and
  • Cultivate support within the state health policy community.

 

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Last updated on December 24th, 2020

ADDED ON 12/24/2020: The Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services has issued a funding opportunity to provide vocational rehabilitative services to Indian Country. Grant applications are due on April 22. DOE anticipates making 51 awards with an average award size of $531,000. To download the full notice from the Federal Register, click here.

ADDED on 12/21/2020: The Department of Education has issued a funding opportunity from the Office of English Acquisition to support the teaching, learning, and studying of Native American languages while also increasing the English language proficiency and academic achievement of students served. Proposals are due on March 3. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the entire funding opportunity from the federal register, click here.

ADDED ON 12/2/2020: The Department of Education has issued its annual Native American Career Training Education Program (NACTEP) funding opportunity. NACTEP provides grants to improve career and technical education (CTE) programs that benefit Native Americans and Alaska Natives. NACTEP awards are for five years and average $450,000/yr. To download the Federal Register Notice of this opportunity, click here.

ADDED ON 8/27/2020: A COVID Education Resource Map may be downloaded here.

ADMINISTRATION FOR COMMUNITY LIVING

Last updated on February 28th, 2021

ADDED ON 2/28/2021: The Administration for Community Living has issued a funding opportunity to address dementia services. Proposals are due on April 26, 2021. Award ceilings are $1,000,000. State, Tribal and local governments are eligible as are non-profit organizations. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the entire opportunity, click here.

ADDED ON 12/5/2020: The Administration for Community Living of the Department of Health and Human Services has issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity to strengthen integrated state, regional, or tribal networks that address the social and behavioral determinants of health of older adults and adults with disabilities and to significantly increase the number of older adults and adults with disabilities who participate in chronic disease self-management education and self-management support programs. ACL estimates that three awards will be made with an average award of approximately $1.25 million. Applications for assistance are due on 2/21/2021. To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the full NOFO, click here.

ADDED ON 12/4/2020: The Administration for Community Living of the Department of Health and Human Services has issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity to address behavioral health and chronic pain management issue amongst older Americans. Native American tribal organizations and tribal governments are encouraged to apply. This funding opportunity has two goals:
Goal 1: Through robust partnerships, develop a result-based, comprehensive strategy for addressing behavioral health and/or chronic pain among older adults and adults with disabilities living in your community.

Goal 2: Significantly increase the number of older adults and adults with disabilities who participate in evidence-based self-management education and/or self-management support programs to empower them to better manage these chronic condition(s), while concurrently pursuing the sustainability of these programs beyond the end of the grant period.Proposals are due on February 2, 2021 with an average annual award of $300,000.

To download the official synopsis, click here. To download the complete funding opportunity, click here.

OTHER

Last updated on December 2nd, 2020

Resources for Non-Profits

Last updated on April 27th, 2020

This web page is supported by the Montana Healthcare Foundation and the Empire Health Foundation.

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