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Coronavirus Relief Fund Extension

  • Tribal governments have until December 31, 2021 to utilize their allocations of the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF). For more information on the CRF, visit the Treasury Department website.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Based on the 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 Sub recipient. For more information, visit FEMA's Assistance for Tribal Governments website.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

  • The CDC has released several funding opportunities to expedite the release of COVID-19 response resources to support tribal communities. For more information and instructions for applying, visit the CDC's Tribal Health website.

Indian Health Service 

  • For updated information, funding announcements, and frequently asked questions about the Indian Health Service’s response to the pandemic, see their COVID-19 website HERE.

Bureau of Indian Affairs Emergency Management (BIA EM)

  • The BIA EM is responsible for policy development and program management of Bureau activities concerning disaster preparedness, planning, response and recovery, and continuity of operations; and represents the bureau in coordinating interagency emergency management activities related to Tribal affairs. For more information, visit the BIA EM website.

New Mexico Department Of Homeland Security And Emergency Management (DHSEM)

  • Responsible for coordinating requests for Personal Protective Equipment and other resources. If you have questions, please contact the State Emergency Operations Center Tribal Liaison at: (505) 476-9624 or at DHSEM.TribalLiaison@state.nm.us. All resource requests are to be submitted with a 213RR form. For more information, visit the DHSEM website.

IHS National Supply Service Center (NSSC)

  • For supply support to federal, tribal, and urban Indian Health care facilities. The NSCC coordinates and manages the purchase and distribution of pharmaceuticals, medical, and other health care related supply items. Visit the IHS NSSC website for local contacts.

Paycheck Protection Program

  • The Small Business Administration (SBA) has released a guide detailing information on the PPP for minority business concerns. The guide is available from the SBA through this document. More information on PPP and additional SBA programs is available on the SBA website.

Older Americans Act Tribal Nutrition

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

  • The most recent relief includes an additional $1.7 billion through the Higher Education Relief Fund for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Hispanic Serving Institutions. For up to date information on the HEERF II and information on the opening of this program, see the HEERF website.

Education Stabilization Fund

  • The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) will receive a $409.4 million transfer from the Department of Education to assist in COVID-19 mitigation and distance learning costs. 60 percent of this allocation is reserved for BIE funded K-12 schools. The remaining 40 percent will be directed to Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities. For updated information about the transfer of this fund and the agreement between Department of Education and BIE, see their fact sheet.

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) - Treasury

  • The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 designates $800 million for Indian Tribes or the tribally designated housing entity of an Indian Tribe and Department of Hawaiian Homelands, to be allocated within 30 days and to provide financial assistance and housing stability services to eligible households. An “eligible household” is defined as a renter household that has a household income at or below 80 percent of the area median and in which at least one or more individuals living in the household: qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19; and can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability. Treasury accepted payment information from Tribal governments and will begin promptly disbursing funding to eligible grantees as soon as a grantee’s enrollment is complete. For more information and FAQs, visit the Department of Treasury website. For an explanation of the data and methodology for allocations under this program, see the Department of Treasury's fact sheet. For a summary on payments to Tribal communities, see this document.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

  • The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 sets aside $125 million in additional funding for Tribes to address mental health needs of Native American communities in response to COVID-19. For a list of recipients, see this fact sheet. For more information on SAMHSA COVID-19 response, visit the SAMHSA website.

Low Income Household Water Emergency Assistance

  • The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) received an allocation of funding to carry out a Low-Income Household Drinking Water and Wastewater Emergency Assistance Program, with a $19 million Tribal set-aside. This program will assist low-income households, particularly those with the lowest incomes that pay a high proportion of household income for drinking water and wastewater services, by providing funds to owners or operators of public water systems or treatment works to reduce rates. ACF is encouraged to utilize existing funding methods and programs. For information on the Tribal set-aside as it becomes available, visit the ACF's website.

Emergency Capital Investment Program (ECIP)

  • The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 provides $9 billion for an ECIP, administered by the Department of Treasury. This program will provide low-cost capital investments to minority depository institutions (MDIs) and community development financial institutions (CDFIs). More information, application instructions, and materials are available on the ECIP website.

CDFI Fund

  • The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 allocates $3 billion to the CDFI Fund to provide grants and financial assistance to CDFIs who serve consumers, nonprofits, and small businesses. The first tranche of this funding ($1.25 billion) is available until September 30, 2021 with a $25 million set-aside for Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native Communities. $1.2 billion of the second tranche of funding is reserved for financial and technical assistance to recipients that are minority-lending institutions, a new category of CDFIs that predominantly serve minority communities. 

Fisheries Disaster Assistance

  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in consultation with Tribes, will develop an application and distribution process for $30 million to eligible impacted Tribal fisheries. The distribution will take into account, economic, subsistence, and ceremonial impacts to Tribes. For more information as it becomes available, visit the NOAA website.

Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program

  • The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 creates a $1 billion fund for direct support to Tribal communities, including Tribal Colleges and Universities, for access to broadband funding. Projects funded under this program can include broadband service/access, infrastructure projects, remote learning, telework, and digital inclusion. The Department of Commerce will be awarding these grants with a one-year deadline. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration just concluded Tribal Consultations for input on the implementation of this fund. More information on the program and presentation slides from the consultation are available on the program's website.

FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program

  • This program received an additional $250 million from The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 for health care providers to deliver connected care services to patients at their homes or mobile locations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides immediate support to eligible health care providers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic by fully funding their telecommunications service. For more information, visit the FCC website.

Connecting Minority Communities Program

  • The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 designates $285 million to provide grants to Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribally Controlled Colleges, and other Minority Serving Institutions for the purchase of broadband service or eligible equipment or to hire and train IT personnel. Awards may also be granted to anchor communities within 15 miles of a qualifying institution, with some flexibilities granted for maximum distance around TCUs. Additionally, this provision creates an Office of Minority Broadband Initiatives within the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Additional information is forthcoming.


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