COVID-19 Assistance Available to Individuals
While the various coronavirus relief aid packages enacted by Congress each contain relief and recovery funds and programs designed to be administered by Tribal Nations, there are also a variety of assistance programs administered by the federal and state governments available to our citizens on an individual basis. We know that many USET SPF Member Tribal Nations seek to assist their citizens in identifying and navigating all available benefits and relief. With this in mind, USET SPF provides a summary of currently available COVID-19 relief and recovery resources for individuals and families. We will offer periodic updates to this list as further information becomes available.
Open Federal Funding Opportunities
- ARPA Federal Assistance to Tribal Nations
- Economic Development Administration/American Rescue Plan: Investing in America’s Communities – American Rescue Plan funding enables EDA to provide larger, more transformational investments across the nation while utilizing its greatest strengths, including flexible funding to support community-led economic development. With an emphasis on equity, EDA investments made under the American Rescue Plan will directly benefit previously underserved communities impacted by COVID-19. EDA is proud to make this funding available through a series of six innovative challenges. EDA hosted a series of webinars to provide an overview of each program—webinar recordings and slide decks are available on the webpage for each program.
Resources from 10/14 NAFOA and EDA webinar: Webinar recording | Webinar slide deck
- Build Back Better Regional Challenge ($1 billion)
Phase 1 deadline: October 19, 2021
Phase 2 deadline: March 15, 2022
- Good Jobs Challenge ($500 million) – Application deadline: January 26, 2022
- Economic Adjustment Assistance Challenge ($500 million) – Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The suggested application submission date is March 15, 2022.
- Indigenous Communities Challenge ($100 million) – A wide range of technical, planning, workforce development, entrepreneurship, and public works and infrastructure projects are eligible for funding under this program. Indigenous communities are also eligible and encouraged to apply under all of EDA’s other programs.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The suggested application submission date is March 15, 2022.
Eligible entities under this EDA program include Indian Tribes or a consortium of Indian Tribes, as defined in 13 C.F.R. § 300.3. State-recognized Tribes, unrecognized Tribes, and non-profits that do not fall within the definitions above are not eligible.
- Travel, Tourism, and Outdoor Recreation Grants ($750 million) – Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The suggested application submission date for Competitive Tourism Grants is March 15, 2022.
- Statewide Planning, Research, and Networks Grants ($90 million) – Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The suggested application submission date for Research and Network Grants is October 31, 2021.
- Build Back Better Regional Challenge ($1 billion)
- Treasury/American Rescue Plan: The State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) will fund state, territory, and Tribal government small business credit support and investment programs. SSBCI provides eligible Jurisdictions funding for: (1) small business financing programs, which includes capital access programs, loan participations, loan guarantees, collateral support, and venture equity programs; and (2) technical assistance to small businesses applying for SSBCI and other government programs. Notice of Intent to Apply was due for Tribal governments on September 16. Applications are due for Tribal governments on December 11 (application form forthcoming).
- The Brave of Heart Fund was established to provide monetary grants to eligible family members of frontline healthcare workers and healthcare volunteers who lose their lives because of COVID-19. The cash grant awards will provide basic and continuing financial support for common needs, such as funeral costs, medical care, counselling, food, educational expenses of children and other dependents currently in school, mortgage or rent payments, and immediate living expenses, as these family members manage the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and begin to move forward. Applications will be accepted through December 31, 2021.
- The Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund (CCPF) provides $100 million to be allocated in equal shares, approximately $167,504 each, to Tribal governments and the State of Hawaii (for Native Hawaiian programs) to carry out critical capital projects that directly enable work, education, and health monitoring, including remote options, in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. These capital projects will support community recovery and establish a strong foundation for equitable access to critical services that will last beyond the pandemic. The Capital Projects Fund Guidance for Tribal Governments describes in detail how your Tribal government may access and use these funds.
Although not a competitive grant program, Tribal governments must complete an application to verify applicant eligibility and to explain how Capital Projects Fund grant funds will be used. Applications will be submitted using a web-based portal.
The Capital Projects Fund Application Portal will open for Tribal governments on October 1, 2021. Treasury will send another email when the application portal is live. You will be able to access the portal from the Capital Projects Fund website (treasury.gov/CPF). To access the application, the individual(s) filling out the application must be registered with ID.me. If you have previously registered with ID.me, use your current email and password.
Tribal governments must complete the Application form by June 1, 2022, after which funds may be reallocated.
- Treasury and NTIA will host a webinar on October 6 on accessing and navigating the application.
- The Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) provides funds to assist low-income households with water and wastewater bills. LIHWAP grants are available to States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, U.S. Territories, and Federally and state-recognized Indian Tribes and tribal organizations that received fiscal year 2021 Low Income Household Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) grants.
- SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund – Registration for the SBA application portal is open. See How to apply for more detail.
- Program Guide
- Overview PowerPoint Presentation
**Socially and economically disadvantaged business concerns, including tribal business concerns, will be prioritized for funding during the first 21 days that the application portal is open. After 21 days, SBA will accept and process applications from all eligible applicants until funds are exhausted.**
- USDA Business and Industry CARES Act Program – This program offers loan guarantees to lenders for their loans to rural businesses and agricultural producers to supplement their working capital to prevent, prepare for and respond to the economic impacts of the coronavirus.
Open through September 15, 2021, or until funds made available for this purpose are expended.
- FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program: the application period is open for the $110 million available to organizations that provided, or will provide, humanitarian services to families and individuals from the southern border
- Economic Development Administration Recovery Assistance
- SBA: COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans
- Administration for Community Living: HHS Grant to Provide Meals for Older Adults
Open Non-Federal Funding Opportunities
- Potlatch Fund’s Resiliency Fund – grants will be processed and awarded on a rolling basis until all funds are expended
- NCAI COVID-19 Response Fund – rolling deadline (apply)
- Financial Relief Resources for Artists
- New England Grassroots Environment Fund: COVID19 Rapid Response Funding – Seed Grants
- The SOZE Agency: Artist and Activist Relief Fund (waiting list for funds)
Resources for Grants Management
- 6/25 HSDW: COVID-19 Tribal Health Care Funding Chart
- 4/28/21 HSDW: COVID-19 Tribal Health Care Funding Chart
- 8/31/20 National Grants Management Association: COVID Allowability Documentation and How to Avoid Audit Findings
- 6/18 OMB Memo M 20-26: Extension of Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by COVID-19 Due to Loss of Operations
- OMB: Guidance on Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by COVID-19
- 3/19 OMB Memo M-20-17: Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by COVID-19 due to Loss of Operations
- 3/9 OMB Memo M-20-11: Administrative Relief for Recipients and Applicants of Federal Financial Assistance Directly Impacted by COVID-19