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U.S. Department of Commerce: Indigenous Communities

Deadline: March 15, 2022

The Indigenous Communities program provides funding specifically for Indigenous communities, which were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic. The program is designed to support the needs of Tribal Governments and Indigenous communities. EDA will support these important partners to develop and execute economic development projects that they need to recover from the pandemic and build economies for the future.

Competitive applications will propose projects designed to create the conditions for economic growth in indigenous communities and to accelerate economic recovery from the pandemic. These projects can include foundational economic infrastructure projects, such as such as broadband, energy, road, water, and wastewater infrastructure (including community water facilities); vocational and higher education facilities; and community health facilities that are necessary for future job creation. Projects can also include non-construction projects to provide technical assistance to support business development, entrepreneurship assistance, economic development planning, rural prosperity, and workforce training in indigenous communities. Further, EDA seeks to fund projects representing diverse geographies, from rural and urban settings to projects on or near tribal lands.

Indigenous communities are also eligible and encouraged to apply under all of EDA’s other programs.

Amount: $100,000,000 is available to make up to 50 awards that range from $100,000 – $5,000,000.

* Indian Tribes or a consortium of Indian Tribes
* A public or private non-profit organization or association serving Native Hawaiians
* A public or private non-profit organization or association serving Native Pacific Islanders of Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, or the Republic of Palau

Link: https://eda.gov/arpa/indigenous/

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