Agency/Source Submission Deadline Additional Information
HUD IHBG Competitive Grant Aug. 8 Grant program for Indian tribes and tribally-designated housing entities (TDHEs) to carry out a range of affordable housing activities incl. to develop, maintain, and operate affordable housing in safe and healthy environments on Indian reservations and in other Indian areas. Grant funds must be used to primarily benefit low-income Indian families. Click here for more information.
Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program (USDA) Aug. 9 This program was designed to assist 1994 Land-Grant Institutions (Tribal Colleges) in building institutional research capacity through applied projects that address student educational needs and meet community, reservation or regional challenges. Awards are to be made on the basis of a competitive review process. Collaboration with 1862 or 1890 Land-Grant Institutions, the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), a Non-Land-Grant College of Agriculture (NLGCA), or at least one forestry school funded under the McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research Program is a requirement. Eligible institutions may propose projects in any discipline of the food, agricultural or natural resource sciences. Visit: Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program
HEALTHY HOMES PRODUCTION FOR TRIBAL HOUSING GRANTS (HUD) Aug 9 HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes announces the availability of $12 million for Healthy Homes Production for Tribal Housing grants to Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized) and Native American tribal organizations (such as a tribally designated housing entity submitting an application on behalf of a tribe). HUD will award grants of up to $1 million each. The purpose of the grant program is to assist American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments identify and remediate housing related health and safety hazards. The program assists these tribal governments to develop comprehensive programs to identify and remediate housing issues that contribute to health and safety issues in urban, tribal communities by focusing on housing-related hazards in a coordinated fashion, rather than addressing a single hazard at a time. The application package is at www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=FR-6200-N-44.
FY 2019 Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations Sept. 30 U.S. Dept. of Interior’s program to implement the land consolidation provisions of the Cobell Settlement Agreement, which provided $1.9 billion to consolidate fractional land interests across Indian country. The Buy-Back Program allows interested individual owners to sell their land for immediate transfer to the recognized tribe that exercises jurisdiction. More info. at: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=309293
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.bia.gov/WhoWeAre/AS-IA/IEED/DCI/index.htm.

Direct Home Loans for Native Americans Open (Managing Agency Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA)) – The 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. For more info., visit the NADL program website. General Program Requirements: 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 MOU 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.
Community Facilities Fund (LISC) Ongoing RURAL LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) created the Community Facilities Fund to provide capital to help develop and improve essential community facilities in rural areas. Rural LISC utilizes this fund to provide permanent and construction-to-permanent financing for rural community facilities, including health care centers, hospitals, educational facilities, and other nonprofit and public facilities in rural communities with populations under 20,000. Click here for more information.
Indian Land Tenure Foundation – Land Recovery Efforts Open The Foundation provides funding to Indian nations to support various aspects of land recovery with a focus on reacquiring alienated federal lands. Returning lands to Indian ownership and control is important to ensure that Indian people have access to the financial and natural resources within their own reservations. The Foundation supports a variety of initiatives to assist tribes in the development of plans to reacquire reservation lands. More info. at: https://www.iltf.org/grants/special-initiatives/land-recovery-efforts
Environmental Infrastructure Loan Program (RCAC) Open Loan Program helps create, improve or expand the supply of safe drinking water, waste disposal systems & other facilities serving rural communities by providing 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, & intermediate/long-term loans for system improvements. Nonprofit organizations, public agencies & tribal governments are eligible. Projects must be located in rural areas with populations of 50,000 or less in AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA and WY. Community size is limited to 10,000 for long-term USDA guaranteed loans & short-term loans for which USDA is the long-term lender. Eligible projects incl. water, wastewater, solid waste & storm water facilities. Contact Juanita Hallstrom, jhallstrom@rcac.org or visit www.rcac.org
Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants (USDA-RD) Open Program helps eligible rural communities recover from or prepare for emergencies that result in a decline in capacity to provide safe, reliable drinking water for households & businesses. Federally recognized Tribal lands and Colonias are eligible; Privately owned wells are not eligible.•Up to $150K for repairs to breaks/leaks in existing water distribution lines, & related maintenance. • Up to $500K for construction of a new water source, intake &/or treatment facility or waterline extensions. http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UWP-ecwag.htm
USDA WATER & WASTE DISPOSAL LOANS & GRANTS Open USDA’s 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. How to Apply: apply now by using the online application tool RD Apply