Washington Report

An NIHB Publication

The Washington Report is an e-newsletter produced by the National Indian Health Board. Each issue contains a listing of current events on Capitol Hill, information on passed and upcoming legislation, Indian health policy analysis and action items.

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Health Reporter

An NIHB Publication

The Health Reporter is a quarterly newsletter published by the National Indian Health Board. Each issue of the E-newsletter contains up-to-date information on NIHB programs and issues surrounding Indian health in this country.

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Funding Opportunities

Posted: July 27, 2016

First Nations Development Institute Offers Grants to Support Nutrition Education for Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) Recipients

LONGMONT, Colorado (July 26, 2016) – First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) today launched the “Nutrition Education for Native American Communities" project that will provide grants to Native American communities interested in starting or expanding nutrition education programming for Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) recipients. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

For full information on this grant opportunity or to begin an application, please visit http://www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/2016FDPIR.



Posted: July 20, 2016

NIHB Announces Funding Opportunity:

Tribal Accreditation Support Initiative (ASI)

July 21, 2016 - The National Indian Health Board and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are pleased to announce a new funding cycle for the Tribal Accreditation Support Initiative (Tribal ASI). The Tribal ASI will fund 8-10 Tribes at amounts ranging from $5,000 to $10,500 to work in one or more categories related to strengthening the Tribal health department and working towards public health accreditation as defined by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).

Funds can be used for (but not limited to):

  • work toward completing a Tribal/community health assessment, Tribal/community health improvement plan, organizational strategic plan;
  • work in the areas of workforce development, performance management, or quality improvement;
  • compiling documentation aligning with PHAB standards and measures;
  • engaging in other public health accreditation readiness activities; and
  • supporting public health accreditation application fees.

NIHB has created a short application that asks for details on how the funds will be used and a statement of commitment from the Tribe to work towards accreditation. Completed applications are due to NIHB via email by Friday, August 26, 2016, by 11:59pm Eastern Time.

Download the Request For Applications (RFA) here

NIHB and CDC staff will host a pre-application webinar with all interested parties on Tuesday, August 2 from 3pm-4pm ET, 2pm-3pm CT, 1pm-2pm MT, 12am-1am PT to answer questions about this RFA and application process.

Request a calendar invite to the pre-application webinar by emailing [email protected] OR simply join this online event:

  1. Go to nihb.webex.com/nihb/j.php?MTID=e92553ca34bff5cc41e4c2d9d73777ae6
  2. Enter the event password: vJvzt6ma
  3. Click "Join Now".
  4. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen to join the teleconference.
To only join the audio conference Call-in toll-free number (US/Canada): 1-877-668-4493 Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-650-479-3208 Access code: 735 747 436

Additional information may be found by contacting Karrie Joseph, [email protected].



Posted: July 20, 2016

First Nations Accepting Grant Proposals for Native Communities to Conduct Food Sovereignty Assessments

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is now accepting proposals from Native communities interested in conducting food sovereignty or community food assessments. Under the Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative (NAFSI), generously supported by the NoVo Foundation Fund at the Tides Foundation, First Nations plans to distribute up to 20 grant awards averaging $20,000 each to Native communities looking to conduct food assessments and gain a better knowledge and understanding about the historical, current and future state of their local food systems.

All applications are due by Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at 5 p.m. Mountain Time.

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Posted: June 27, 2016

IHS Releases New Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative Funding Opportunity Announcements

New Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Methamphetamine and Suicide Prevention Initiative (MSPI) funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) were posted to the Federal Register today. MSPI federal program award opportunities were also posted to the MSPI webpage for IHS Federal Facilities...

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Posted: June 24, 2016

The NB3 Foundation announces new grant opportunity focused on eliminating sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and increasing consumption of safe drinking water and/or the promotion of breastfeeding among Native children.

SANTA ANA PUEBLO, New Mexico (June 15, 2015)- As the only national Native American led nonprofit dedicated to reducing Native American childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes, the NB3 Foundation is pleased to announce it’s Learning Community Action Grants Request for Application (RFA). The NB3 Foundation will award nine multi-year (2.5 year) grants of up to $100,000 each.

This multi-year funding opportunity, made possible by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, will expand the NB3 Foundation’s support of Native American communities working to improve the health and wellness of young children (birth to 8 years old). Applications will be accepted from tribes and Native-led organizations within Arizona, Navajo Nation and New Mexico that specifically focus on eliminating sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) and increasing consumption of safe drinking water and/or the promotion of breastfeeding for young Native American children...

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Posted: May 20, 2016

Funding Opportunity: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): 2016-2017 Tribal ecoAmbassadors Grant Program. Supports environmental projects at Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU) and partners the TCU participants of these projects to study the environmental problems most important to the participating tribal communities.

Summary: The purpose of EPA's Tribal ecoAmbassadors Program is to support environmental projects at Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) and partner the TCU participants of these projects with EPA scientists to study the environmental problems most important to the participating TCUs’ tribal communities. The focus of these projects may include, but are not limited to climate change, environmental health, traditional ecological knowledge, environmental sustainability, ecological adaptation, bio-diversity, and/or pollution. TCU applicants apply to this program for funding to support these student operated environmental projects.

Funding/Awards: The total funding for this competitive opportunity is approximately $400,000. EPA expects to award approximately eight grants of up to $50,000 each.

Project Period: Proposals should plan for projects to start no earlier than August 29, 2016. Project periods should be proposed for one academic year, closing by June 30, 2017.

Deadline is June 17, 2016. Learn more.



Posted: April 6, 2016

OVC is Awarding Funding to Develop a Comprehensive Facilitator’s Guide for a Self-Help Group Dedicated to American Indian and Alaska Native Survivors of Homicide

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is now accepting applications under the FY 2016 Self-Help Group for American Indian and Alaska Native Survivors of Homicide Facilitator’s Guide Project Solicitation.

OVC will make one award of up to $475,000 for a qualified institution or organization to develop a comprehensive facilitator’s guide for individuals who are interested in starting a self-help support group for American Indian and Alaska Native survivors of homicide; develop and deliver a two-day training curriculum to train peers and mental health professionals on how to use the guide to start and sustain local self-help groups for the target population; and provide ongoing technical assistance to facilitators...

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Posted: March 25, 2016

Funding Opportunity: Collaborative Hubs to Reduce the Burden of Suicide among American Indian and Alaska Native Youth (U19)

The National Institutes of Health announced a new funding opportunity to establish Collaborative Hubs to conduct research focused on reducing the burden of suicide and promoting resilience among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth. This program aims to establish three collaborative research hubs to increase the reach and research base for effective, culturally relevant, preventive interventions that will increase resilience and reduce suicide in tribal or urban Indian communities. The goal of this program is to develop and test preventive strategies that could sustainably reduce the burden of youth suicide in AI/AN communities. Since each community has different strengths and challenges, cultural practices, and approaches, strong community and tribal partnerships will be essential to meeting this goal.

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) intends to commit $2,700,000 in FY 2017 to fund 3 awards. Awards issued under this FOA are contingent upon the availability of funds and the receipt of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.

Open Date (Earliest Submission Date): June 7, 2016

Letter of Intent Due Date(s): June 7, 2016

Application Due Date(s): July 7, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date.

No late applications will be accepted for this Funding Opportunity Announcements.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.

For more information, please click here.



Posted: March 2, 2016

Historic Investment: $17.4 Million in Grants Available to Help Native Youth

Support Aimed at Helping Native Students Become College-, Career-Ready

The U.S. Department of Education today announced it is more than tripling – from $5.3 million to $17.4 million – the availability of funding for grants to help Native American youth become college- and career-ready.

The extra support is being provided for Native Youth Community Projects (NYCP) as an ongoing step toward implementing President Obama’s commitment to improving the lives of American Indian and Alaskan Native children. The grants will support the President’s Generation Indigenous “Gen I” Initiative to help Native American youth.

In a Federal Register notice, the Department said it expects to make approximately 19 demonstration awards ranging from $500,000 to $1 million to tribal communities before Sept. 30.

For more on the Administration’s investment in Native American issues, visit https://www.whitehouse.gov/nativeamericans.