Skip to Main Content Find. Apply. Succeed.I subscribe to a e-mail list for new announcements for various federal grants. Since I receive daily announcements regarding a variety of grants from multiple agencies, I am struck with the fact that there are so many grant opportunities for Indian tribes.


Here are just a few examples:

The Urban Indian Health Program has $8 million available nationally for health promotion and disease prevention; alcohol and substance abuse; and mental health treatment and prevention services. The money will be distributed in 34 awards at $400,000 each.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families has an initiative called the Environmental Regulatory Enhancement, which provides funding for projects that support the development, enforcement and monitoring of tribal environmental quality and regulatory programs.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) offers a grant through its Cooperative Agreement to Provide Support for the National Tribal Water Council for $800,000 distributed over the next four years to assist on issues related to ground, surface and drinking water quality from a tribal perspective.

The EPA also has a program called Technical Assistance to Build More Sustainable Communities intended to advance development patterns of infrastructure investment programs that achieve improved economic prosperity and healthy, environmentally sustainable, opportunity-rich communities. Five to ten grants at $100,000 each are expected to be awarded.

The U.S. Department of Justice has an initiative to improve public safety and enhance community policing capacity called the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation program. This program has $39 million available for 50-70 awards of up to $500,000 for two years.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has funding available for a Tribal Youth National Mentoring Program. Funding is available for Native American tribal governments and for institutions of higher education.

Finally, the U.S. Department of Energy has a grant opportunity for Native American tribal governments and tribal organizations for Renewable Energy Development in Indian Country.

So, where do we go from here, given this plethora of grant opportunities for Native American funding?

How about contacting any federally recognized Indian tribes in your area and discussing the possibility of partnering with them on select federal funding opportunities that you may have come across. They would have to be the lead applicant, but you could work with them in a cooperative and supporting role. As funding continues to shrink, engaging Native American partners to be proactive proposal submitters will be a benefit to both them and you. Consider the possibilities.<>