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Western COVID-19 Response Grant

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First Nations Development Institute, May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust
Jun 24, 2021

Rana LaPine

Lila Crank


The Western COVID-19 Response Grant will provide funding for Native nonprofits and tribal programs, with a focus on general support for Native-led programs, assisting with virtual operations and PPE to keep staff and constituents safe, and helping Native youth and elders cope with the mental health effects of COVID-19.

Priority populations include:

  • Elders
  • Military veterans
  • Individuals with a disability who are transitioning to live independently
  • Children in foster care

Examples of allowable activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Distributing PPE to foster care homes in the community
  • Creating a community-based program to address COVID-19's effects on youth mental health
  • Connecting youth and elders through cultural programs designed to combat isolation due to COVID-19 and build intergenerational knowledge in the time of COVID-19
  • Providing staff salaries for a veterans' service organization to remain open and create long-term recovery plans for their operations
  • Distributing food baskets to elders in the community over six months and designing a survey to see how their mental health has improved with regular contact from deliveries

Eligible applicants in the Western U.S. include, but are not limited to:

  • Federal and state recognized tribal governments
  • Tribal government programs, such as tribal arts programs, heritage departments, and economic development entities
  • Native-controlled 501(c)(3) nonprofits
  • Native-controlled community organizations with fiscal sponsorship
  • Native 7871 organizations
Geographic coverage
Available in 14 western states.
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $28,000
Award floor: $23,000
Project period: 1 year
Estimated number of awards: 14

Application process

Links to additional guidance, application instructions, and the online application portal are available on the program website when applications are being accepted.

Tagged as
American Indian or Alaska Native · Children and youth · Community and economic development · Elderly population · Infectious diseases · Mental health · People with disabilities · Veterans · Alaska · Arizona · California · Colorado · Hawaii · Idaho · Montana · Nevada · New Mexico · Oregon · Texas · Utah · Washington · Wyoming

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