Partner Message: Title VI Webinar:  The Impact of Social Isolation in Indian Country – Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 2pm ET

This webinar will provide an overview of social isolation on elders in Indian Country, how important it is to be aware of the negative health effects, and how culture plays a protective factor in combating social isolation.

Presenters:

  • Larry Curley, NICOA Executive Director
  • Rebecca Owl Morgan, NICOA Project Coordinator

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For questions about the webinar, please email Laura Stevenson at laura.stevenson@teyaservices.com

Click here for Live Webinar (1/12 @ 2:00pm ET)

Table of Contents

Information and Announcements

Hello Title VI Grantees!

We discovered a small totaling issue in the Caregiver section of the Title VI Tracking Workbooks (both the Microsoft Excel ABC and Access versions).

We have fixed the issue as of 11/10/21. You can now download the updated versions of the Workbooks at:

Important!!! If you are currently using either the Microsoft Excel ABC or Access Title VI Tracking Workbook prior to this update, please email Tyler Matney (tmatney@neweditions.net). He can work with you to resolve the issue.

Thank you for your patience,

Your Title VI Data Crew!

 

New ACL Policy on Informing Title VI of Change in Title VI Director

Dear Title VI Director,

On Friday 9/3, ACL issued the attached new guidance to all ACL grantees on how programs must inform ACL when there is a change in key personnel. This new guidance applies to all mandatory/formula grants and will become effective 30 days after the date it was issued.

For Title VI, this policy applies only when there is a new Title VI director/program manager. Other staffing changes for your grant are not required to be reported. Please see below for details on what this process requires from your program.

Submittal Process:
Beginning on 10/4/21, when there is a change in the Title VI director/program manager, your organization must notify ACL immediately through the following process:

  1. Send an email with the required documents (see below) to ACL’s Office for American Indian, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian Programs through the olderindians@acl.hhs.gov email address.
  2. ACL will acknowledge the Request for Change in Key Personnel within ten business days.
  3. ACL will notify the ACL grants office and the ACL Regional Administrator so that future Notices of Award and other official documentation will be sent to the correct individuals going forward.

The following documents must be included in the Request for Change in Key Personnel: 

  1. A dated cover letter signed by the Authorizing Official (such as the Tribal Chairperson) or designee that includes:
    1. Grant Award Number and Grantee Organization Name
    2. Justification for the change in Title VI director/program manager
    3. New personnel contact information (name, title, business phone number and business email address)
  2. A resume, biographical sketch or curriculum vitae of the proposed new director/program manager

The new Title VI director/program manager will then be included on email correspondence the next time a Notice of Award (NOA) is issued.

Thank you for your work on behalf of your Elders and caregivers. Please reach out to your ACL contact if you have any questions.

 

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate Toolkit

Learn how you can stay ahead of COVID-19 vaccine mandates with compliance tracking, scheduling updates, and incentives for caregivers to get vaccinated.

In the toolkit, you’ll find:

  • A caregiver vaccination incentive plan sponsored by the National Minority Health Association (NMHA)
  • Feature updates that help you manage caregiver vaccination exceptions and quickly filter caregivers by vaccination status
  • Tips for staying compliant and tracking vaccination status with the caregiver mobile app

View the COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate Toolkit here.

Events

Title VI Program Basics Trainings
Bi-Weekly on Tuesdays at 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. ET
Next session:  TODAY!  Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. ET
If you’re a new Title VI director, or an experienced director with some questions about your program, please come to our new training series on program basics for Title VI directors. We’ll meet for an hour from 4-5pm ET every other Tuesday. We will review how you can spend your Title VI funds, upcoming events and deadlines you should be aware of and much more. It will be an informal chance to get to know your program better, as well as get to know other Title VI directors. Bring a cup of coffee and stop by to say hi! Access the meeting using the link or call-in information below:Join on your computer or mobile app: Click here to join the meeting
Or call in (audio only):
+1 206-420-5032, 390174608#   United States, Seattle
Phone Conference ID: 390 174 608#
VA Caregiver Support Program
Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. ET

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Caregiver Support Program (CSP) offers clinical, educational, and wrap-around services to individuals who care for Veterans enrolled in Veteran Health Administration (VHA) services.  CSP’s mission is to promote the health and well-being of family caregivers who care for our nation’s Veterans through education, resources, support, and services.  Learn about two Caregiver Support Programs: The Program of General Caregiver Support Services and The Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers.  This Webex Series is hosted by the VA Office of Tribal Government Relations.

Download the flyer here.  Register for the webinar here.

Economic Development Master Plan:  An Avenue to Native Community Economic Development Growth and Stability
Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. ET

Join the Western Region for a discussion regarding Economic Master Planning and the amended Native American Programs Act to find out how your community, tribe, or organization may be eligible for funding to enhance Native community economic development. Our featured presenter will be Carolee Wenderoth, Tribal Engagement Coordinator-U.S. Department of Commerce.

Register for the webinar here.

Preventing Violence, Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Webinar
Tuesday, January 18 at 1:00 – 2:00 pm CT

The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability will share information about projects related to violence prevention, including hearing from survivors with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) about the urgency of addressing this topic at the national, state, and local levels. Information about the range of abuse and neglect that people with IDD will be discussed, including older adults. National data on victimization will be shared. Talk About Sexual Violence, a 3-year project focused on educating health care professionals about talking to patients with IDD sexual violence, will be highlighted. The effect of trauma on people with IDD and the need for accessible and effective healing services will also be discussed.

Learn more and register here.

2022 CMS Outreach and Education ACL/NICOA Webinar Series
Tuesdays from January 18 – April 19 at 2:00 – 3:30 pm ET

In partnership with Indian Health Service, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is committed to helping the Indian Health Service (IHS), Tribal Health Programs, and Urban Indian Programs to maximize their ability to access and understand third party billing and reimbursement resources. To meet these objectives, CMS, in partnership with the States, the Veterans Administration, the Social Security Administration, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the IHS, provides training to patient benefits advocates on the programs and benefits available through Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Health Insurance Marketplace and ACL.CMS, ACL and the National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA)  invite you to the 2022 CMS Outreach & Education ACL/NICOA Webinar Series.

Learn more and register here.

Joint Meeting of the RAISE Family Caregiving and Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (SGRG) Advisory Councils
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 12:30 – 4:30 p.m. ET

ACL is pleased to announce the first joint meeting of the RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council and the Advisory Council to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, as they come together to begin development of the National Family Caregiving Strategy.

Online Attendance:
All information for this meeting will be posted on both Council’s web pages. For more information, please visit the RAISE or SGRG pages.

The virtual meeting is open to the public. Registration is not required to attend via webinar. The webinar link will be open for access (live) 5 minutes prior to the meeting start time. A copy of the agenda will be posted prior to the meeting.

Save the Date!
2022 National Title VI Training & Technical Assistance Conference
March 21-25, 2022**Download the Conference Schedule-At-A-Glance here.**

Download the flyer here.

Save the Date: 
5th Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition
May 22-25, 2022

We are excited to announce that the 5th Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition will be held May 22 – 25, 2022 at Mystic Lake Center in Prior Lake, Minnesota. Please visit the new conference website www.NativeNutrition.umn.edu to stay up-to-date on all announcements.

We need your input in order to get an accurate estimate on attendance for the upcoming conference. Please take a few seconds to let us know how likely it is that you will attend the conference using the link below. Your participation is very important and will help us ensure the best possible conference experience for all attendees.

Are you planning to attend?  Let us know here.

Title VI Afternoon Chat

Title VI Afternoon Chat
Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ETDescription coming soon!

DETAILS
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QUESTIONS
During the Chat, please “raise your hand” to request to have your line unmuted or write your question in the chat box.

If you would like to submit questions before the call, please email questions to Laura Stevenson, Teya Services at Laura.Stevenson@teyaservices.com.

Funding Announcements

AmeriCorps Seniors American Rescue Plan Training Sessions

AmeriCorps Seniors will host a series of webinars to introduce potential applicants to our Senior Demonstration Programs, its performance measurement system, and more. Sessions will be recorded and available on the FY 2022 AmeriCorps Seniors – American Rescue Plan Senior Demonstration Program webpage.

Remaining Sessions:

Session 3: AmeriCorps Seniors in Actions: Mobilizing a Generation
Thursday, Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. ET
This webinar explains the AmeriCorps Seniors programs in depth, including the kinds of activities volunteers may engage in, performance measure requirements, and specific aspects of program management and compliance.
Register

Session 5: Understanding National Performance Measures
Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. ET
In this session, we will review the National Performance Measures and conduct Q&A.
Register

Session 6: Best Practices in Budget Development – Pre-Recorded
In these pre-recorded sessions, AmeriCorps Seniors and the Office of Grants Administration review best practices in budget development for AmeriCorps Seniors funding opportunities.

If you have questions at any time during the application period, contact AmericanRescueSDP@cns.gov

Chronic Disease Self-Management Education (CDSME) and Falls Prevention Funding Opportunities
Application Deadline:  Tuesday, January 25, 2022

ACL has announced two new Notices of Funding Opportunities.  Please see details below:

2022 Empowering Communities to Deliver and Sustain Evidence-Based CDSME Programs
The intent of this funding opportunity is to help communities develop or expand capacity for, deliver, and sustain evidence-based CDSME programs for older adults and adults with disabilities, particularly those in underserved geographic areas and populations.

2022 Empowering Communities to Deliver and Sustain Evidence-Based Falls Prevention Programs
The intent of this funding opportunity is to help communities develop, deliver, and sustain evidence-based falls prevention programs that reduce falls and falls risk among older adults and adults with disabilities, particularly those in underserved geographic areas and populations.

 

Indian Health Service Publishes New Funding Opportunity:
Domestic Violence Prevention Program
Application Deadline:  Wednesday, February 2, 2022

The Indian Health Service (IHS) has published a new funding opportunity to provide support for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) individuals who have experienced human trafficking and other interrelated forms of violence.  The purpose of this IHS grant is to support the development and/or expansion of a DVP program by incorporating prevention efforts addressing social, spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being of victims through the integration of culturally appropriate practices and trauma-informed services for Tribes, Tribal organizations, and Urban Indian organizations (UIO) serving the AI/AN population. This IHS program aims to promote prevention efforts that address domestic and sexual violence, including sexual exploitation/human trafficking, Missing and Murdered AI/AN people, and child maltreatment. To create an effective DVP program, cross-system collaboration with other community sectors to address violence is key—especially with law enforcement, emergency departments, social services, legal services, education, domestic violence coalitions, health care providers, behavioral health, shelters, and advocacy groups.  Earliest Anticipated Start Date: March 21, 2022.

Click here to learn more and apply.

IHS Announces $46.4 million to Fund Behavioral Health Programs that Serve American Indians and Alaska Natives
Application Deadline:  Wednesday, February 2, 2022

The Indian Health Service (IHS) announced $46.4 million in six separate funding opportunities to address suicide, domestic violence, and substance abuse, supporting an integrative approach to the delivery of behavioral health services for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Click here to learn more about the six different funding opportunities from IHS!

New Funding Opportunity for Switzer Research Fellowships Program
Application Deadline:  Tuesday, February 22, 2022

New funding opportunities from ACL’s National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) have been announced for the Switzer Research Fellowships Program .

Switzer Research Fellowships Program
The purpose of this program is to build research capacity by providing support to highly-qualified individuals, including those who have disabilities, to conduct research on the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities. Fellows must conduct original research in an area authorized by section 204 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. This may include research, demonstration projects, training, and related activities, the purposes of which are to develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technology that maximize the full inclusion and integration into society, employment, independent living, family support, and economic and social self-sufficiency of individuals with disabilities.

NIDILRR plans to make six fellowship awards under this opportunity. Fellowship awards will have one 12-month project period.

View more details and application instructions here.

ReConnect Program
Application Deadline:  Tuesday, February 22, 2022

USDA Rural Development will accept applications starting on November 24, 2021, to expand the availability of broadband in rural areas. $350 million in grant funding  – no matching funds requirement – is being made available for Tribal governments.

Learn more here.

Rural Business Development Grant Program
Application Deadline:  Monday, February 28, 2022Provides grants to support technical assistance and training for small rural businesses.  Each year, Congress has mandated that a portion of this program is set-aside to fund projects that benefit members of federally recognized Tribes.Learn more here.

Department of Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs Living Language Grant Program FY2022
Application Deadline:  Monday, March 7, 2022

The Department of Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs released its notice of funding opportunity for the Living Language Grant Grant Program FY2022 (Funding Opportunity Number LLGP-FY-2022). The Office of Indian Economic Development (OIED), through its Living Languages Grant Program (LLGP), is soliciting proposals from federally recognized Tribes and Tribal organizations for grants to fund Native language instruction and immersion programs for Native students not enrolled at Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools, including those Tribes in States without BIE-funded schools.

Click here to learn more and apply.

HHS Announces Availability of Nearly $48 Million in American Rescue Plan Funding to Expand Public Health Capacity in Rural and Tribal Communities
Application Deadline:  Friday, March 18, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, announced the availability of nearly $48 million in American Rescue Plan funding for community-based organizations to expand public health capacity in rural and tribal communities through health care job development, training, and placement. Awardees will be able to use this funding to address workforce needs related to the long-term effects of COVID-19 as well as health information technology (IT) needs and other key workforce issues.

Applicants can begin the application process on Grants.gov and apply by Friday, March 18, 2022 at 11:59 PM. ET.

Click here to apply.

The Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund
Tribal Government Application Deadline:  Wednesday, June 1, 2022

The U.S. Department of Treasury announced the The Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund (Capital Projects Fund), which is meant to address the many challenges laid bare by the pandemic, especially in rural America, Tribal communities, and low- and moderate-income communities, helping to ensure that all communities have access to the high-quality modern infrastructure, including broadband, needed to access critical services.

Eligible states, territories, freely associated states, and Tribal governments may now submit applications for their Capital Projects Fund allocation using the Treasury Submission Portal.

Click here to learn more and apply.

Indigenous Communities Program
Application Deadline:  Rolling

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.  Learn more here.Click here for a list of more funding opportunities for Tribes and Tribal members

Catholic Charities USA Social Innovation Challenge

The CCUSA Innovation Challenge was created to inspire member agencies (and their community partners) within the Catholic Charities network to propose fresh solutions toward alleviating, reducing or eliminating poverty.  The services offered by Catholic Charities are extensive, and range from free or low cost food, housing programs to strengthen families, rent help, and financial help paying for basic needs. The exact types of Catholic Charity programs near you and social services offered will vary by location.

For more information about the CCUSA Innovation Challenge visit: www.ccusainnovates.org.  To find the Catholic Charities nearest to you and see what services and assistance are available, click here.

HFC Dementia Home Care Grant
Awarded on a bi-monthly basis

HFC® (formerly Hilarity for Charity) and the Home Instead Senior Care® network are working together to award home care grants to those providing care to their loved ones living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. The home care grants will be awarded across the United States and Canada.  These grants are for respite care hours, there is no cash value.

The goal of the home care grant is to provide exceptional home care to families affected by this disease and to give these families support and rest. These grants are facilitated by Home Instead, where available. To be eligible for the Recharge Relief Grant or the Extended Relief Respite Grant, the caregiver or loved one living with Alzheimer’s and dementia must fit within the following criteria:

  • Currently living at home with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia.
  • Facing financial and emotional hardships due to the unique challenges of Alzheimer’s or related dementia.
  • Resides in the United States or Canada.

Learn more and apply here.

OAAPS Corner

Title VI Data Hour
Bi-Weekly on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. ET
Next session:  Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 3:30 p.m. ET

 
The Title VI Data Hour is a chance to drop by and get questions answered about reporting, data, or anything else! We are a resource for Title VI grantees. Come in to ask something specific or just to listen and feel free to pop in or leave any time. The idea is to have an open and recurring space for us to talk about data and how to best capture and report it – or ask any questions to make better sense of it.

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Tips & Tricks for Making OAAPS Reporting Easier

Check out these helpful tips and tricks for logging into OAAPS, entering your data and navigating the system.  Download the OAAPS Tips and Tricks here.

Title VI OAAPS Helpful Tips
Thank you to all Title VI OAAPS users who have already accessed OAAPS and created their account. If you have not yet created your account in OAAPS, please remember the following helpful tips:
  • All Title VI directors should have received an email from noreply@okta.com with instructions on how to activate your account. If you do not see the invitation email in your inbox, check your spam or junk folders. Follow the instructions in the email, or see the attached How-To Guide titled “Creating an OAAPS User Account and Activating the Account”.
  • Once your account is activated, your OAAPS login name will be firstname.lastname@portal.acl.gov and your password will be the one you set up through the Okta.com link.
  • Also attached are links to helpful How-To Guides on how to:
  • Remember: the best browsers to access OAAPS are Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.

Please feel free to reach out to oaapshelpdesk@acl.hhs.gov or kristen.hudgins@acl.hhs.gov should you have any problems and they will work to get you the help you need!

Title VI Grants Cheat Sheet
updated January 2022
A quick guide to the program periods, reporting expectations, and allowable services under the Title VI grants, including Title VI Part A/B/C grants, FFCRA and CARES supplemental, and MIPPA grants, is available.  Find the updated Title VI Grants Cheat Sheet here.
MIPPA Cheat Sheet
updated August 2021

This MIPPA cheat sheet will help you understand the important dates and grant requirements for FY19 and FY20 Tribal MIPPA grants, as well as provide you with ways to spend down your MIPPA dollars.

Download the MIPPA Cheat Sheet here.

New Title VI Spending Quick Guide!

The Office for American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian Programs is pleased to announce the release of its newly created “Spending Quick Guide”.  The purpose of this guide is to help identify the many different ways that Title VI and COVID-19 grants may be used to support Title VI programs by providing an easy-to-use, searchable list of some of the most common expenditures found in Title VI operations.

Download the Title VI Spending Quick Guide here.  Please contact us if you have any problems downloading or viewing the guide.

Title VI Part A/B, C and NSIP 2019 No-Cost Extension Awards
No-cost extension awards on all FY19 grants were issued in mid-April. Funds must be obligated by 3/31/21 and liquidated 90 days after (6/30/21). If you need the amount of your no-cost extension award, please contact your ACL regional administrator.
Large Purchase Request Information
We have received some questions about large purchase requests, so we wanted to share the large purchase request template with everyone. You will need to submit a large purchase request for any single purchase over $5,000. To do this:
  • After 6/19/20: The COVID exception expired and you will need to submit 3 bids for the item you would like to purchase.
  • The item you submit that you wish to purchase must be American made.
  • You will submit the bid and the large purchase request to your Regional Administrator.
  • Please do not purchase the large item until you have received approval from ACL’s grants office.
Download the large purchase request template here.  If you have any additional questions, please let us know.
FAQ for Title VI Grantees
updated May 14, 2021
ACL has received numerous questions related to how Title VI grantees can use grant funds to respond to the COVID-19 emergency.  ACL has provided responses to many of the questions in this FAQ document.  Read the updated FAQ here.
For more COVID-19 resources and information,
please check https://acl.gov/COVID-19 and https://olderindians.acl.gov/COVID19.
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