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
- National Endowment for the Arts/American Rescue Plan: The Arts Endowment will competitively award Rescue Plan funds to eligible organizations nationwide. These funds are intended to help support jobs in the arts sector, keep the doors open to arts organizations nationwide, and assist the field in its response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike other Arts Endowment funding programs that offer project-based support, Rescue Plan funds are intended to support specific operating costs only. Cost share/matching funds are not required. Applications are due August 12.
- HRSA/American Rescue Plan: Promoting Resilience and Mental Health Among Health Professional Workforce – Approximately 10 awards will be made totaling approximately $29 million over three years to health care organizations to support members of their workforce. This includes establishing, enhancing, or expanding evidence-informed programs or protocols to adopt, promote and implement an organizational culture of wellness that includes resilience and mental health among their employees. Applications are due August 30.
- HRSA/American Rescue Plan: Health and Public Safety Workforce Resiliency Training Program – Approximately 30 awards will be made totaling approximately $68 million over three years for educational institutions and other appropriate state, local, Tribal, public or private nonprofit entities training those early in their health careers. This includes providing evidence-informed planning, development and training in health profession activities in order to reduce burnout, suicide and promote resiliency among the workforce. Applications are due August 30.
- HRSA/American Rescue Plan: Health and Public Safety Workforce Resiliency Technical Assistance Center – One award will be made for approximately $6 million over three years to provide tailored training and technical assistance to HRSA’s workforce resiliency programs. Applications are due August 30.
- Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program: The Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program is a $980 million program directed to tribal governments to be used for broadband deployment on tribal lands, as well as for telehealth, distance learning, broadband affordability, and digital inclusion. Funding can be used for Deployment and adoption of broadband service on Tribal Land and programs that promote the use of broadband to access remote learning, telework, or telehealth resources during the COVID–19 pandemic. Applications are due September 1. Resources are available on the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program webpage, including FAQs, recorded webinars, and information about upcoming webinars.
- Office of Indian Education/American Rescue Plan: American Indian Resilience in Education (ARP-AIRE) – This program will support Tribal educational agencies (TEAs) in the provision of direct services to Indian children and youth. Projects must include one or more of the activities authorized under section 6121(c) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA). Pre-application webinars will take place on July 28 and August 5. Applications are due September 13.
- 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 will host a series of webinars August 2-12 to provide an overview of each program.
- 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)
- 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.
- Treasury 5/10 – The Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund (CCPF) will address many challenges laid bare by the pandemic, especially in rural America and low- and moderate-income communities, helping to ensure that all communities have access to the high-quality, modern infrastructure needed to thrive, including internet access.
Treasury will begin to accept applications for review in the summer of 2021 and will issue guidance before that date. Please check the CCPF website regularly for updates.
- 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.
- Treasury 4/26: State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) – 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.)
- 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