Apply for NCAI’s COVID-19 Response Fund for Indian Country

With the generous support of our donors, NCAI is providing financial relief support to tribal nations affected by COVID-19 through NCAI’s COVID-19 Response Fund for Indian Country. If you are a tribal nation, tribal nursing home, Tribal College or University or Native serving non-profit in need, you may access information about applying for financial support under the “Get Involved” tab on our website.  
Through our COVID-19 Relief Fund, we have awarded 41 tribal nations, 12 Native non-profits, one tribal college, and nine tribal nursing homes thus far.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling deadline until available funds are exhausted. Applications guidelines are located here.
NCAI Contact: Keona Royal, Membership Coordinator, kroyal@NCAI.org

NCAI’s Disaster Preparedness Grant Funding Opportunity for Tribal Nations

Over the past several years, natural disasters have become more frequent in Indian Country. Tribal nations and their citizens have endured tremendous loss of life, livelihood, property, and resources. Unlike states, tribal nations have no consistent grant program that provides each tribal nation with much-needed emergency management capacity building funds.
The NCAI Disaster Preparedness Grants are shaped to flexibly cover the needs of tribal nations and/or tribal citizens (who live near their nations) as they prepare for future natural disasters such as: tornadoes, wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes, severe storms, severe winds, blizzards, and more. 
Individual grant awards will be capped at $10,000. This grant program will conclude once the $185,000 has been fully obligated or no later than November 30, 2020. Please click hereto access the application. 
NCAI Contact: Keona Royal, Membership Coordinator, kroyal@NCAI.org

DOE Announces Intent to Issue New Funding Opportunity for Tribal Energy Infrastructure Development

March 5, 2020


Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs issued a Notice of Intent to release a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) entitled “Energy Infrastructure Development on Indian Lands – 2020” later this year.

“This planned funding will help Native American and Alaska Native communities harness their vast energy resources to reduce or stabilize energy costs, as well as increase energy security and resilience,” said Kevin R. Frost, Director of the Office of Indian Energy.

Through the planned FOA, the Office of Indian Energy intends to solicit applications from Indian tribes, which, for the purposes of the FOA, include Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations, Intertribal Organizations, and Tribal Energy Development Organizations, to:

  • Install energy generating system(s) and/or energy efficiency measure(s) for tribal building(s); or,
  • Deploy community-scale energy generating system(s) or energy storage on Tribal Lands; or,
  • Install integrated energy system(s) for autonomous operation (independent of the traditional centralized electric power grid) to power a single or multiple essential tribal facilities during emergency situations or for tribal community resilience; or,
  • Deploy energy infrastructure or integrated energy system(s) to electrify tribal buildings.

This FOA is consistent with the principles of tribal sovereignty and self-determination, and with an all-of–the-above energy strategy that recognizes each tribe’s right to use their energy resources as they see fit. Projects sought under the planned FOA will be fuel and technology neutral.

Through this planned FOA, the Office of Indian Energy will continue its efforts to maximize the deployment of energy solutions for the benefit of American Indians and Alaska Natives and help build the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to implement those energy solutions. See the Office of Indian Energy website for a map and summaries of previous competitively funded projects.

Download the Notice of Intent (DE-FOA-0002316).

Find information about past funding opportunities.

Regards, 
Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs
1000 Independence Ave. SW 
Washington DC 20585

For more information on the Office of Indian Energy, visit our website.

USDA Funding Opportunity: Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant

This grant program is intended to provide associations technical assistance and/or training with respect to essential community facilities programs. The technical assistance and/or training will assist tribal nations to identify and plan for community facility needs that exist in their area. Once those needs have been identified, the grantee can assist in identifying public and private resources to finance those identified community facility needs.
Applicants are encouraged to consider projects that provide measurable results in helping rural communities build robust and sustainable economies through strategic investments in infrastructure, partnerships and innovation.
For more information, and to view the full solicitation, please click here
Deadline to submit application: June 17, 2019.

Department of Transportation BUILD Grant Applications due 8:00 p.m. EDT July 15, 2019

On April 22, 2019, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to apply for $900 million in discretionary grant funding through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program.
Fiscal Year 2019 BUILD grants are targeted for investments in surface transportation infrastructure and will be awarded on a competitive basis. The maximum grant award is $25 million for the 2019 round of BUILD grants.
DOT is hosting a series of webinars to provide stakeholders technical assistance on the BUILD grant process.
Register for the technical assistance webinars here.
View the BUILD grant NOFO here.
Deadline: July 15, 2019, 8:00 p.m. EDT