Funding Opportunities

The COVID-19 Funding Opportunities for Tribes is a quick reference of the current and previously available funding for Tribal governments, consortiums, or organizations to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Indian Country. Find also funding announcements and technical assistance resources.

Federal Funding Opportunities

NIHB COVID-19 School Readiness Mini-Grant – Applications Closed

With funding from the Indian Health Service, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is offering a funding opportunity for Tribes and Tribal Organizations seeking to strengthen school preparation and readiness for safe operations during the COVID pandemic.  This funding is intended to fulfill immediate Tribal school readiness needs.

NIHB will provide mini-grants to a maximum of 15 Tribes or Tribal organizations in amounts up to $2,000 each.  Tribes may use these funds for activities in one or more of these categories:

  • Materials and Equipment Acquisition
  • Facilities & Infrastructure
  • Outreach and Education
  • Training and Technical Assistance
  • Evaluation and Assessment

The application is now closed.

NIHB COVID-19 Tribal Telehealth Mini-Grant - Applications Closed

As the COVID-19 pandemic was sweeping across the country, New York Times columnist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Nicholas Kristof, launched the C-19 Impact Initiative that highlights five organizations fighting on the frontlines and encourages people to support their important work through donations. The Johns Hopkins University Center for American Indian Health is one of those organizations, that, in an effort to multiply the impact of the initiative, pledged to dedicate portions of the monies raised from Nicholas Kristof’s efforts to three additional organizations: the National Indian Health Board (NIHB), the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), and the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH). Each organization is using the funding to provide direct support to Tribes and Urban Indian communities in their efforts to combat the spread and impact of COVID-19.

The partners are proud to work together to honor Mr. Kristof’s vision, and to support Tribes, Urban Indian Centers, and Tribal health systems as they construct and implement their own locally specific efforts. NIHB is using its portion of the funds raised to support Tribes to enhance, alter or develop their telehealth capacities. As there are many aspects to telehealth readiness and capacity, NIHB is allowing many different potential activities, and will be flexible as it reviews applications. This is a key opportunity to use a little amount of funding to make a huge difference. NIHB thanks Mr. Kristof, The Center for American Indian Health, NCAI, NCUIH, and all the applicants. NIHB supports Tribal leadership efforts.

The application is now closed.

Technical Assistance

The National Indian Health Board hosted a technical assistance webinar on Thursday, May 14, 2020 on the application for the Center For Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Tribal noncompetitive grant funding opportunity, Supporting Tribal Public Health Capacity in Coronavirus Preparedness and Response (CDC-RFA-OT20-2004).

The National Indian Health Board hosted virtual office hours via webinar on Friday, May 22, 2020 on the application for the Center For Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Tribal noncompetitive grant funding opportunity, Supporting Tribal Public Health Capacity in Coronavirus Preparedness and Response (CDC-RFA-OT20-2004).

Contact Us

To reach the NIHB COVID-19 Response Team, please contact [email protected].

For media inquiries, please contact April Hale at [email protected].

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