Agency/Source Submission Deadline Additional Information
Smart Rural Community Grants Dec. 1 Smart Rural Community Grant NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association provides funding to support the development and implementation of innovative broadband enabled solutions to support rural commerce, healthcare, public safety, economic development, education, energy, and other community-oriented initiatives.
FY2020 Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup (ARC) Grants Dec. 3 EPA’s applications for FY 2020 Brownfields Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup (ARC) Grants! The deadline to submit an application is December 3, 2019 at 11:59 PM (ET). EPA will provide one outreach webinar to discuss the FY 2020 Assessment, RLF, and Cleanup Grant guidelines on Oct. 24, 2019. Join the webinar through EPA Web Conferencing and/or via conference call (dial-in number: 1-866-299-3188/ access code: 202-566-1817).
Tribal Behavioral Health Grants (SAMHSA) Dec. 10 SAMHSA’s Tribal Behavioral Health Grant Program (Native Connections) is designed to prevent suicide and substance misuse, reduce the impact of trauma, and promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth through the age of 24 years. SAMHSA plans to issue 39 grants of up to $250,000 per year for up to 5 years. More details at: https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sm-20-002
Technical Assistance & Training Grants Dec. 31 Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program USDA grant program assists communities with water or wastewater systems through free technical assistance and/or training provided by the grant recipients.
Solid Waste Management Grants (USDA) Dec. 31 Solid Waste Management Grant Program USDA grant program assists communities through free technical assistance and/or training provided by the grant recipient to reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources and improve planning and management of solid waste sites in rural areas.
Water Management Funding Opportunity for Indian Tribes Jan. 8, 2020 The Bureau of Reclamation today issued a funding opportunity announcement for technical assistance to federally recognized Indian tribes to assist them in developing, managing and protecting their water and related resources. Reclamation anticipates distributing a total of $1 million for up to 15 different projects to assist tribes in the 17 Western states. The maximum award per proposal is $200,000; projects must be completed within two physical years. More info. at www.grants.gov by searching for funding opportunities “BOR-DO-20-FO13.”
Native American Congressional Internship Jan. 31, 2020 Native American Congressional Internship : Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation provides a summer internship for Native American and Alaska Native students who wish to learn more about the federal government and issues affecting Indian country.
FY19 Pre-Disaster Mitigation and Flood Mitigation Assistance (DHS/FEMA) Jan. 31, 2020 View the DHS Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) FY 2019 Pre-Disaster Mitigation and Fact Sheet at https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/182171.

View the DHS Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) FY 2019 Flood Mitigation Assistance and Fact Sheet at https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/182169

Subscribe to the Mitigation Minute, at Hazard Mitigation Assistance webpage and select “Subscribe to HMA.”

Rural Business Development Grants Open 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: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/rural-business-development-grants
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
Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans & Loan Guarantees (USDA RD/RUS) Ongoing Telecommunications Infrastructure Loans and Loan Guarantees
Program provides financing for the construction, maintenance, improvement and expansion of telephone service and broadband in rural areas.
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.

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
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.
Environmental Infrastructure Loan Program (RCAC) Open Loan Program to create, improve or expand the supply of safe drinking water, waste disposal systems & other facilities serving rural communities by providing early funding to small rural communities to determine feasibility & 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
Community Facilities Fund (LISC) Ongoing RURAL LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) created the Community Facilities Fund to provide capital to help develop & improve essential community facilities in rural areas. This fund provides 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.
Drinking Water and Waste Disposal for Rural and Native Alaskan Villages (USDA-RD) Open 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 United States.
FY2018 Disaster Supplemental Notice of Funding (EDA) Open The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has published the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018) Disaster Supplemental Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) making $587 million available to eligible grantees in communities impacted by natural disasters in 2017. Current Closing Date for Applications: There are no application deadlines and the agency will accept proposals on a rolling basis until the publication of a new Disaster Supplemental NOFO, cancellation of this NOFO, or all funds are obligated.
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
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
National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” Grant Program Open Program supports creative placemaking projects to help transform communities into lively, beautiful & resilient places achieving community goals through strategies that incorporate arts, culture, &/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. https://www.arts.gov/grants-organizations/our-town/introduction
Honor the Earth Native Food Security Grants Open Honor the Earth Native Food Security Grants Funding for native organizations working to create food security using traditional seeds, foods, and growing methods, as well as energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.
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.