U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA Rural Development recently announced that it will begin accepting applications on November 24, 2021, for up to $1.15 billion in loans and grants to expand the availability of broadband in rural areas. $350 million in grant funding – with no matching funds requirement – is being made available for Tribal governments and socially vulnerable communities.
Rural Business Development Grant Program U.S. Department of Agriculture This program is designed to provide grants to support technical assistance and training for small rural businesses. Small means that the business has fewer than 50 new workers and less than $1 million in gross revenue. Each year, Congress has mandated that a portion of this program is set-aside to fund projects that benefit members of federally recognized Tribes. Applications are due no later than 4:30 PM local time on February 28, 2022.
Tribal College Initiative Grants U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA Rural Development offers funding to 1994 Land Grant Institutions (Tribal Colleges) to make capital improvements to their educational facilities and to purchase equipment. Funds can be used by Tribal Colleges for infrastructure improvements, to purchase equipment, vehicles, education and cultural projects, and to develop essential community facilities. Grants up to $250,000 per land grant institution. Application Deadline: Ongoing
The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) U.S. Department of Agriculture The Food and Nutrition Service provides USDA Foods to income-eligible households living on Indian reservations, and to American Indian households residing in approved areas near reservations or in Oklahoma. Many households participate in FDPIR as an alternative to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) because they do not have easy access to SNAP offices or authorized food stores. Application Deadline: Ongoing
Emergency Rural Health Care Grants U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA Rural Development Emergency Rural Health Care Grants are designed to help broaden access to COVID-19 testing and vaccines, rural health care services, and food assistance through food banks and food distribution facilities. Track One: Recovery Grants provide immediate relief to address the economic conditions arising from the COVID-19 emergency. Application Deadline: Until all funds are exhausted
Farm to School Grant Program U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA Food and Nutrition Service Grants to plan, establish, and/or sustain a Farm to School program that improves access to local foods and nutrition/agriculture resources in schools. A Frequently Asked Questions document will also be available through the Farm to School Grant Applicant Resources Page of the FNS website. Please keep an eye on The Dirt e-newsletter for updates about the Farm to School Grant application! Application Deadline: Jan. 10, 2022
Funding Opportunities for
Community and Economic Development
Indigenous Communities Program U.S. Department of Commerce
Economic Development Administration offers American Rescue Plan funding specifically for Indigenous Communities to develop and execute economic development projects to recover from the pandemic and build economies for the future. Application Deadline: Rolling
American Indian Public Health Resource Center Technical Assistance American Indian Public Health Resource Center
This program offers tribes in North Dakota technical assistance to improve health systems, access to services, and health outcomes in these rural areas for public health services and programming, research, education, and policy. Application Deadline: Ongoing
Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs U.S. Department of Energy
This program offers free technical assistance and an online curriculum for Tribal leaders and professionals on developing and financing renewable energy projects on tribal lands. Application Deadline: Ongoing
NIH Intervention Research to Improve Native American Health The National Institutes of Health
Program to support research into culturally appropriate solutions to the unique sociopolitical, historical, and environmental stressors that may exacerbate health inequities. Application Deadline: Various Dates Until September 2023
The USDA Office of Tribal Relations leads the intergovernmental role for USDA with tribes. Efforts through consultation, coordination and collaboration support the preservation of the government to government relationship and enhance access to USDA’s various programs and services to tribes, tribal organizations and citizens. Learn more.
USDA Rural Development is committed in supporting Indian Country and Alaska! Please contact us if you have questions or would like support: USDA Rural Development’s Tribal Relations Team is situated within the Innovation Center’s Strategic Engagement Division. The team consists of Tedd Buelow – Tribal Coordinator & Tribal Relations Team Lead, Don Irby – Tribal Relations Specialist, Melissa Sturdivant – Tribal Relations Specialist, Chris DeFreese – Tribal Relations Specialist, and Macie Rouse – Pathways Student Trainee. The team provides technical assistance, training and outreach in coordination with Rural Development program staff and aims to increase access to Rural Development’s programs and resources throughout Indian Country and Alaska. Please contact email@example.com for additional information and assistance.
Native American Labor Market Dashboard This Federal Reserve Bank dashboard provides essential metrics for the American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations and provides up-to-date labor market data.
Tribal Connections This USDA U.S. Forest Service map is interactive and shows the connection between national forests and grasslands, tribal trust lands and tribal lands ceded as part of a treaty.
Native CDFI Financial and Lending Performance Report Oweesta Corporation produces this annual report to examine the health of lending activities and investment in Indian Country. The report offers insight into Native CDFI operations and financial performances to improve decision-making.
Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation Investments to fight the Cycle of Poverty
Using resources as noted in the USDA Resource Guide for Rural Workforce Development, since 2001, USDA Rural Development has provided Four Bands Community Fund, serving the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, 26 awards from the Rural Business Development Grant program. In addition to the revolving loan fund, Four Bands used Rural Development-funded resources to provide technical assistance and training through its Eagle Butte business incubator, advising entrepreneurs on how to finance and manage their rural businesses. Four Bands helps establish and support small and emerging businesses in a reservation area which historically has struggled with high poverty and unemployment. Please contact our office for technical assistance on workforce development opportunities with Rural Development.
To access programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, download the COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide.
Visit www.coronavirus.gov for the latest news from the CDC on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Visit www.rd.usda.gov/coronavirus for the latest news from Rural Development on how we are helping our partners, customers, and stakeholders impacted by COVID-19.
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