Compliance Tip #20 – Federal Grant Opportunities for Tribes

President Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package was signed into law and contains over $20 billion for tribal governments and an additional $1 billion for tribal housing.  So be sure to check the Grants Opportunity page of the NLC’s website at for postings with links to the specific grant opportunities of this package as they are made available to the public.  You also can visit the online portal to search and apply for funding opportunities from all of the 26 federal agencies of the United States government.  The site currently contains approximately 1300 active and forecasted grants and cooperative agreements for Federally-Recognized Native American Tribal Governments.


Go to and follow these steps to start your search:

  • Click the Search Grants tab.
  • Optional: If you already have the information, use the Basic Search Criteria by entering text into the Keyword(s) field, or the Opportunity Number field, or the CFDA field.
  • Optional: If you do not already have that kind of information, use any of the following filters to narrow your search criteria:
    • Use the Opportunity Status section to select Forecasted or Posted Opportunities;
    • Use the Funding Instrument Type section to select All Funding (or select Cooperative Agreements and/or Grants);
    • Use the Eligibility section to select All Eligibilities (or select Native American Tribal Governments-Federally recognized, and/or Public/Indian Housing Authorities, and/or Nonprofit 501 (c)(3) Status);
    • Use the Category section to select All Categories (or select Affordable Care Act, and/or Agriculture, and/or Education, and/or Health); and
    • Use the Agency section to select All Agencies (or select Agriculture, and/or Commerce, and/or Defense, and/or Education, and/or Energy).


After making your selection(s), will generate a Synopsis page that includes General Information on the grant, such as Funding Type, Category, Expected Number of Awards, Cost Sharing/Matching Information, Closing Date for Applications, Estimated Total Program Funding Amount, and Award Ceiling.  It also contains information on Eligibility, and Additional Information.  The Synopsis page provides critical information for your decision to apply for the grant or cooperative agreement.  It also has links to the Related Documents, if any, and to the application.   The Package page contains the Preview/Apply function, which is a link to the Instructions and the Application, known as the Standard Form (SF-424) as well as any other mandatory forms, such as the Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL).

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