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Possible Funding for COVID-19 Response

Please check the Funding Opportunities section of the Tribal Law and Policy Institute’s Tribal Law Updates for the latest information on Federal and Private Funding Opportunities.


COVID-19 Guidance from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)


COVID-19 Guidance from the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), U.S. Department of Justice


COVID-19 Guidance from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), U.S. Department of Justice




With the continued spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), NCAI is committed to supporting Indian Country and lifting up our communities as we continue to combat this global pandemic. Keeping in mind the needs of our tribal nations. NCAI is awarding $5,000 to various tribal nations that have been affected by this pandemic through NCAI’s COVID-19 Response Fund for Indian Country. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling deadline until available funds are exhausted. Applications guidelines are located here. For more information on the COVID-19 Relief Fund or to make a donation, please click here.

Allstate Foundation recently announced an Emergency COVID-19 Small Grants Program: Hardship Support for Domestic Violence Shelters and Programs that will be providing $500,000 through small, flexible grants to local domestic violence programs impacted by COVID-19. The National Network to End Domestic Violence will provide the oversight and implementation of the small grants program. Tribal domestic violence programs whose budgets do not exceed $750,000 per year are eligible. As indicated on the National Center for Victims of Crime’s Crime Victims Community in COVID-19 Facebook page, tribal domestic violence programs should consider the following:

  1. Anywhere they ask questions about the “organization” just assume they are asking for information about your tribal domestic violence program;

  2. Tribal programs will need to provide the Tribe’s Employer Identification number;

  3. A Form 990 is a nonprofit’s annual tax return to the IRS. For the purpose of the application, tribal programs can assume any questions about the Form 990 would compare to the tribal program’s operating budget. For example of question 6, you could provide a copy of your OVW, FVPSA, and/or OVC approved budget to document your program's budget and expenses.

Please note that the application deadline was Friday, April 17, 2020.


NDN COVID-19 Response Project is designed to provide rapid response resources to Indigenous communities bracing from economic impacts, stresses to public services and combating the spread of misinformation; reaching affected communities through organizations and tribal programs delivering urgent, frontline services including immediate relief, resources and gap services. Grants are available to support the following essential services and relief efforts: Medical supplies; Food delivery; Youth and/or Elder Care; Educational Access; Shelter and Housing; Economic Relief; Social - Emotional Support; Cultural, Ceremonial, and/or Spirit-Aligned Support; and Information and Communications. Grant Applications for NDN COVID-19 Response Grants can be submitted immediately. Grant review and funding notifications will occur on a weekly basis through the end of May 2020.  


Native Americans in Philanthropy provides information and resources to help Native nonprofits, organizations, and communities access funding to assist with responding to coronavirus (COVID-19) challenges including the following possible funding opportunities (Please check regularly for new resources as they become available).

Native Americans in Philanthropy has also partnered with the Decolonizing Wealth Project and the National Urban Indian Family Coalition to establish a Native American Community Response Fund - a rapid response fund working to deploy trust-based funding to urban and tribal Native-led organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Initially, funding was focused on the 78% of Native Americans that reside off-reservations – in urban centers, where the pandemic is having higher rates of infection. These 1.2 million individuals reside in 13 metropolitan areas and often do not benefit from federal benefits directed towards tribal communities. As the pandemic is now hitting tribal communities hard, particularly Navajo and the Pueblos in New Mexico, they are expanding to  focus on these hot spots. NOTE: Funding is by-invitation only for now.  

Federal Funding

Private Funding

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