Subject: TRIBAL CONSULTATION: To Implement New, USDA Emergency Health Care Grants in Tribal Communities
WASHINGTON, April 28, 2021 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it is hosting a consultation to solicit input on ways to implement new, emergency health care grants in tribal communities.
Congress appropriated $500 million in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to create the grants to help rural health care facilities, tribes and communities expand access to COVID-19 vaccines, health care services and nutrition assistance. USDA will administer the funds through the Community Facilities Program.
USDA is requesting input from tribal leaders to identify potential challenges and opportunities for delivering the funds on tribal lands.
The consultation will help USDA identify:
The consultation will be held virtually on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
To register, visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4072164873111932688.
This information session will provide an overview of the process of applying for SLFRF through Treasury's portal and materials posted on the website. Time will be provided for questions and answers. Tribes are encouraged to send any questions in advance through the registration process.
April 26, 2021
Dear Tribal Leader:
As the Point of Contact for Tribal Consultation for the U.S. Department of the Treasury, I invite you to attend a Tribal consultation on the State Small Business Credit Initiative Program (SSBCI) for Tribes.
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 provides $500,000,000 to be allocated among federally recognized Tribal governments in the proportion the Secretary determines appropriate, including consideration of available employment and economic data for each Tribal government. These funds will be used be Tribes to support financing for small businesses.
The deadline for submitting a Notice of Intent to apply is June 11, 2021. The Notice of Intent (NOI) to apply and instructions for submitting the NOI will be sent to Tribal contacts in the near future.
Applications for the SSBCI Program are due to Treasury by December 11, 2021. (Application forms forthcoming.)
To help facilitate a better understanding of the SSBCI Program for Tribes, Treasury will host an information session on Thursday, May 13, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET. Tribal leaders and stakeholders can register here: https://ustreasury.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItce-gqTwuHKd8QMG6GxdDYY00uZhubtY
Please note that the Information Session will complement but not replace Tribal Consultation. Tribal Consultation on the SSBCI Program will be held Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET. Tribal leaders or their designees may register here: https://ustreasury.zoomgov.com/meeting/register/vJItcO-spzorHIqFIclbJyU_oZvGbGjSx6A
The Department of the Treasury is seeking your input on Tribal participation in the program. Specifically, our questions are:
For the consultation, we respectfully request that each Tribe register one Primary leader or Designee to provide comments. All others are welcome to register as listen-only participants. Please note that this consultation can host 1000 participants. Comments related to the initial SSBCI consultation should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for comments to be submitted is Friday, June 4, 2021 11:59 p.m. ET.
Please note that consultations are off the record and not for press purposes.
We will send out an Agenda and a list of registered speakers before or on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.
We hope that you will be able to join us for this important discussion and value your participation.
Treasury Tribal Affairs Program Coordinator and Point of Contact for Tribal Consultation
U.S. Department of the Treasury
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