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Corporation for National and Community Service

 2018-2019 AmeriCorps State and National Grants- Indian Tribes

April 2 – Notice of Intent to Apply

 May 2 – Application deadline

AmeriCorps grants through the Corporation for National & Community Service’s annual competitive round of funding. Indian Tribes that seek to propose an AmeriCorps program to operate within the state are encouraged to apply through the CNCS online grants management system, eGrants. and use the CNCS Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), application and supplemental materials found at: AmeriCorps Indian Tribe Grants .

National Funding Priorities FY 2018 AmeriCorps Indian Tribes competition seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in:

· Disaster Services – improving community resiliency through disaster preparation, response, recovery, & mitigation

· Economic Opportunity – increasing economic opportunities for communities by engaging opportunity youth, either as the population served and/or as AmeriCorps members, to prepare them for the workforce

· Education – improving student academic performance in Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Mathematics (STEM), and/or serving students who attend Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools

· Healthy Futures – reducing &/or preventing substance abuse and suicide (see Mandatory Supplemental Guidance)

· Veterans & Military Families – positively impacting quality of life of veterans & improving military family strength

Timeline

April 2 Notice of Intent to apply- https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018ACTribesIntent

May 2 Applications due in eGrants

June 25 CNCS Award Announcements (expected)

Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grants (USDA) June 4 Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program Webinars: April 19 and April 25

USDA will host webinars on eligibility rules and application requirements for the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program. Experienced USDA staff will provide detailed guidance on how to submit a successful application. Register for the April 19 session here and the April 25 session here. Questions? Please contact deborah.anderson@wdc.usda.gov or gayle.buckner@wdc.usda.gov or call (202) 720-0800 with any questions about these events.. For further details about the DLT Grant Program, read the DLT Program’s Notice of Solicitation of Applications (NOSA) published in the Federal Register on April 3.

FY18 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants June 12 HUD posted this NOFA to www.grants.gov and is making available up to $5,000,000 for Planning Grants, including Planning and Action Grants. 1. Planning Grants are two-year grants that assist communities with severely distressed public or HUD-assisted housing in developing a successful neighborhood transformation plan and building the support necessary for that plan to be successfully implemented. 2. Planning and Action Grants are three and a half year planning grants that pair planning with action. Experience shows that tangible actions taken early on help communities build momentum for further planning and the eventual transition from planning to implementation of that plan. These actions improve neighborhood confidence, which in turn sustains the community’s energy, attracts more engagement and resources, and helps convince skeptical stakeholders that positive change is possible. Under these grants, the planning process activities would take place during the first 24 months of the grant period. The planning process will identify Action Activities that will be carried out during the latter portion of the grant period. Action Activities must build upon the planning for the target housing and neighborhood. Eligible applicants under this NOFA are: Public Housing Authorities (PHAs); Local governments; Tribal entities; and Nonprofit organizations. The NOFA and application package must be downloaded from: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=Choice%20Neighborhoods. Potential applicants may submit questions to ChoiceNeighborhoods@hud.gov.
$5.5 Billion in Loans Available for Water Infrastructure Projects (EPA) Letter of Interest Due by July 6 EPA announced the availability of approximately $5.5 billion in credit that could finance over $11 billion in water infrastructure projects through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. Prospective borrowers seeking WIFIA credit assistance must submit a letter of interest by July 6, 2018. Learn more in this year’s Notice of Funding Availability: https://www.epa.gov/wifia/how-apply-wifia-assistance-0#notice. Find the application materials at: https://www.epa.gov/wifia/how-apply-wifia-assistance-0#materials

Register for an upcoming webinar (April & May) to learn more about the processes for submitting and evaluating WIFIA letters of interest. Register here: https://www.epa.gov/wifia/wifia-resources#information.

Land Buy Back Program For Tribal Nations (DOI) Sept. 30
Program allows interested individual owners to sell their land for immediate transfer to the recognized tribe that exercises jurisdiction. Effort will strengthen tribal sovereignty and put decision-making in the hands of the tribal government, freeing up resources that have been locked-up as land interests that have fractionated over time. Program will fund indirect costs equal to no more than 15% of the modified total direct costs. $1.9 billion is available for this 10-year program, which ends in Nov. 2022. Eligibility: Tribes with jurisdiction over locations with purchasable fractional land interests. More at: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=297700
Justice Department Announces Funding Opportunities for Tribal Communities Open Justice Department Announces Funding Opportunities for Tribal Communities

The U.S. Department of Justice announced the opening of the grant solicitation period for comprehensive funding to federally-recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and tribal consortia to support public safety, victim services and crime prevention.

USDA WATER & WASTE DISPOSAL LOANS & GRANTS Open Seeking Water Applications for 2016! Program: the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program provides loans and grants for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in rural areas with a population of 10,000 or less. In some cases, funding may also be available for related activities such as legal and engineering fees, land acquisition, water and land rights, permits and equipment and other activities necessary to complete a project. Eligible Applicants: state and local governmental entities, private non-profits, and federally-recognized tribes who are unable to obtain commercial credit. Interest rates reduced: effective Jan. 1, 2016, interest rates are lowering by .125% as follows. Poverty: 1.875%; • Intermediate: 2.5%; • Market: 3.125%. How to Apply: apply now by using the online application tool RDApply.
Rural Broadband Loans & Loan Guarantees (USDA) Open Broadband Program furnishes loans and loan guarantees to provide funds for the costs of construction, improvement, or acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide service at the broadband lending speed in eligible rural areas. For more info. on other programs administered by Rural Utility Service (RUS) Telecommunications visit: http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/all-programs/telecom-programs
Indian Loan Guaranty, Insurance, and Interest Subsidy Program (DOI) Open This program assists in obtaining financing from private sources to promote business development initiatives that contribute to the economy of the reservation or service area. Qualifications for this program:

· An individually enrolled member of a Federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group

· Corporation with no less than 51% ownership by Federally recognized American Indians or Alaska Natives

· A Federally recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native group.

For more information, call 202-219-0740 or visit http://www.indianaffairs.gov/WhoWeAre/AS-IA/IEED/DCI/index.htm

Direct Home Loans for Native Americans Open (Managing Agency Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA))

Program Description: The Native American Direct Loan (NADL) program makes home loans available to eligible Native American Veterans who wish to purchase, construct, or improve a home on Federal Trust land or to reduce the interest rate. Veterans who are not Native American, but who are married to a Native American non-Veteran, may be eligible for a direct loan under this program.

General Program Requirements: To obtain a NADL, the law requires that:

1. The applicant must be an eligible Veteran.

2. The tribal organization or other appropriate Native American group must be participating in the VA direct loan program. The tribal organization must have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, that spells out the conditions under which the program will operate on its trust lands.

3. Apply for a Certificate of Eligibility.

4. The loan must be to purchase, construct, or improve a home on Native American trust land.

5. The Veteran must occupy the property as his or her primary residence.

6. The Veteran must be a satisfactory credit risk.

For more info.,visit the NADL program website.

$587 Million to Aid Communities Impacted by Natural Disasters in 2017 (Commerce/EDA)

Open The U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) FY18 Disaster Supplemental Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) makes $587 million available to eligible grantees in communities where a Presidential declaration of a major disaster was issued under the Stafford Act as a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, wildfires and other natural disasters in 2017. EDA disaster grants are made by its Regional Offices under the agency’s Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) Program, which enables EDA to make awards that support a wide range of construction and non-construction activities in areas which experience sudden and prolonged severe economic dislocation. EDA encourages the submission of applications based on long-term, regionally-oriented, and collaborative development strategies that foster economic growth and resilience. Eligible applicants under the EAA program include a(n): (i) District Organization of an EDA-designated Economic Development District (EDD); (ii) Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes; (iii) State, county, city, or other political subdivision of a State, including a special purpose unit of a State or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions; (iv) institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education; or (v) public or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State. Disaster recovery projects must be consistent with the U.S. Department of Commerce Disaster Recovery Investment Priorities. For more info. visit EDA and Disaster Recovery
National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” Grant Program Open Program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places – achieving these community goals through strategies that incorporate arts, culture, and/or design. This funding supports local efforts to enhance quality of life & opportunity for existing residents, increase creative activity, & create or preserve a distinct sense of place. Eligible lead applicants are: ● Nonprofit tax-exempt 501(c)(3) U.S. organizations with 3-year history of programming; and ● Local govt counties, parishes, cities, towns, villages, or federally recognized tribal governments. Local arts agencies or other departments, agencies, or entities within an eligible local government may submit the application on behalf of that local government. More at: https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town/introduction
Environmental Infrastructure Loan Program (RCAC) Open Rural Community Assistance Corporation’s (RCAC) Environmental Infrastructure Loan Program helps create, improve or expand the supply of safe drinking water, waste disposal systems and other facilities that serve rural communities. RCAC’s loan programs provide the early funds small rural communities need to determine feasibility and pay pre-development costs prior to receiving state &/or federal program funding. May also provide interim construction financing, and intermediate & long-term loans for system improvements. ELIGIBLE APPLICANT: Nonprofit organizations, public agencies and tribal governments. ELIGIBLE AREA: Projects must be located in rural areas with populations of 50,000 or less in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii and other pacific islands, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Community size is limited to 10,000 for long-term USDA guaranteed loans and short-term loans for which USDA is the long-term lender. Eligible projects include water, wastewater, solid waste & storm water facilities. Contact Mike Carroll at mcarroll@rcac.org or visit www.rcac.org