This list of Funding opportunities include: Agency/Source, Submission Deadline and Additional Information

Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior
May 3
The Indian Highway Safety Occupant Protection Grant provides funding to federally recognized tribes for implementing traffic safety programs and projects designed to reduce the number of traffic crashes, deaths, injuries, and property damage.

The 2021 funding round is focused on Child Passenger Safety Seat Grants.

Funds may be used for:

  • Purchasing car seats and supplies
  • Distribution of car seats
  • Car seat inspections
  • Checkpoints
  • Roadside clinics
  • Trainings
  • Community events
  • Distribution of educational materials

Application instructions are available on the related documents tab on

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
May 7
The Environmental Justice (EJ) Small Grants Program provides grants to support community-driven projects designed to engage, educate, and empower communities to better understand local environmental and public health issues and develop strategies for addressing those issues, building consensus in the community, and setting community priorities.

For the purposes of this competition, an underserved community refers to a community with environmental justice concerns and/or vulnerable populations, including minority, low income, rural, tribal, indigenous, and homeless populations that may be disproportionately impacted by environmental harms and risks.

Links to the full announcement, application instructions, and the online application process are available through

Center for Disease Control
Drug-Free Communities Support Program
May 10
Awards funding to coalitions working to reduce substance abuse among youth and to establish and strengthen collaboration among communities, organizations, and governmental entities.

Department of Justice
Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Formula Program
May 12
Grants for tribal communities to improve services for victims of crime. Funding may support a comprehensive range of activities including needs assessment, strategic planning, program development, implementation, and other activities needed to address the needs of a wide variety of crime victims in tribal communities

Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP)
May 14
This Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) program focuses on enhancing the ability of state, local, tribal and territorial governments, as well as nonprofits, to prevent, protect against, respond to, and recover from terrorist attacks. These grant programs are part of a comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by DHS to help strengthen the nation’s communities against potential terrorist attacks. (Note: This funding opportunity is casino relevant. Eligible activities include: Enhancing the Protection of Soft Targets/Crowded Places. Physical security enhancements include: security cameras (closed-circuit television); security screening equipment for people and baggage; lighting; fencing; gates and barriers.)

Native American Agriculture Fund Grants
May 25
Grants to support native American farmers and ranchers, with special emphasis on traditional foods, food sovereignty programs, lending, youth programming, agricultural sciences, and COVID-19 response.

June 1
AmeriCorps VISTA is a program that provides resources and staffing for organizations and agencies working to alleviate poverty and address poverty-related problems in local communities.

AmeriCorps VISTA members are placed at sponsoring organizations, and serve for one year at approximately 40 hours per week addressing issues which have been locally identified as community priorities. The project goals and activities are designed to build the sponsor’s capacity to serve low-income communities.

Priorities include:

  • Economic opportunity: Employment, workforce development, housing, eviction prevention, and broadband access in rural and tribal areas
  • Education: School readiness; K-12 success; career and technical education; college access and success; remote learning; and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs
  • Healthy futures: Access to healthcare; food security; COVID-19 response and contact tracing; mental health services; and opioid misuse, prevention, intervention, and recovery
  • Veterans and military families: Economic opportunity, education, and opioid prevention/recovery
  • Priority populations: Rural communities, Indian country, and areas of concentrated poverty

A link to application instructions is available on the program website.

Submit a concept paper through the eGrants system. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application

Department of Health and Human Services
Social and Economic Development Strategies Program (SEDS)
June 30
Grants for tribal community-based organizations, tribes, and village governments for social and economic infrastructure development. The program is focused on community-driven projects designed to grow local economies, strengthen Native American families, including the preservation of Native American cultures, and decrease the high rate of current challenges caused by the lack of community-based businesses, and social and economic infrastructure in Native American communities.

Rural Business Development Grant Program: Technical Assistance for Rural Transportation Systems
June 30
Funding to provide technical assistance and training for rural and tribal transportation system agencies nationwide for the purpose of improving passenger transportation services and/or facilities.

Rural Business Development Grants

Federally Recognized Indian Tribes are eligible. This program is a competitive grant designed to support targeted technical assistance, training and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas which will employ 50 or fewer new employees and has less than $1 million in gross revenue. Programmatic activities are separated into enterprise or opportunity type grant activities. More info. at:

Rural Broadband Loans & Loan Guarantees (USDA)

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:

Drinking Water and Waste Disposal for Rural & Native Alaskan Villages

Drinking Water and Waste Disposal for Rural and Native Alaskan Villages
USDA Rural Development offers this program to help extend access to clean, reliable water and waste disposal systems for households and businesses in remote and extremely isolated parts of the U. S.

Justice Department Announces Funding Opportunities for Tribal Communities

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. 

Direct Home Loans for Native Americans – Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA)

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. Applicant must be an eligible Veteran.  2. Tribal organization or other appropriate Native American group must participate 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.

Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants (USDA-RD)
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.

Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans & Loan Guarantees (USDA RD/RUS)
Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans and Loan Guarantees
Program provides financing for the construction, maintenance, improvement and expansion of telephone service and broadband in rural areas.