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The CARES Act


U.S. Congress passed and President Trump signed into law the CARES Act (the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) — a significant piece of legislation that seeks to provide approximately $2 trillion worth of economic assistance to consumers and businesses.

As a part of the new legislation, Tribes have access to $8 billion in flexible funding to support COVID-19 response. Tribal government-owned enterprises will be able to apply under the following programs. The Small Business Administration (SBA) has created a nearly $350 billion loan program called the Paycheck Protection Program. This program is available to businesses with 500 or fewer employees to help with payroll, rent, utilities, healthcare costs and more. The SBA has also expanded a number of their existing programs, including the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program.

The federal government is currently finalizing the details and protocols about how and when different programs and relief will be implemented. Harshwal & Company is closely monitoring these updating guidelines and will make the most updated and accurate information available to our clients.

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Although details are still being finalized, one can prepare and gather resources to apply quickly when it becomes available. There will be limited time to do standard procurement procedures. It is prudent to have the expertise on your side to apply and respond in this new and changing environment.

Based on the legislation, the following funding sources are available to qualified Tribes and Tribal Organizations


  • Indian Health Service (IHS)
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)
  • Bureau of Indian Education (BIE)
  • HUD Office of Native American Programs
  • Food Distribution Program for Indian Reservations
  • Older Americans Act Tribal Nutrition
  • Indian Child Care Development Block Grant


Appropriations by the Numbers:


Agriculture:

  • $100m+ for FDPIR ($50m food purchase + $50m construction)

Interior, EPA, and Related Agencies:

  • $1.03b for IHS (broad use authority with no less than $450m for Tribal 638 and Urban facilities + $65m for electronic health record modernization)
  • $69m+ for BIE (K-12 + TCUs)
  • $453m+ for BIA “TPA” like fund/operation of Indian Programs
  • $78,000 to IAIA for COVID response


LHHS:

  • $15m+ for Tribes and Urban facilities through HRSA for telehealth/rural health activities
  • $15m+ for Tribes and Urban facilities through the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund for essential medical resources to respond to coronavirus
  • $120m+ for CDC grants to Tribes and Urban Indian health organizations
  • Ed Stabilization Funding:
    • 0.5% set-aside for programs operated or funded by BIE.
    • TCUs are eligible for general higher education funding formula, which is based on formula of 75% for Pell student enrollment and 25% for non-Pell students. TCUs will also qualify for the Minority Serving Institutions set-aside (7.5% of the overall higher ed. set-aside). Also, TCUs and other MSIs will have flexibility through a statutory waiver to use prior HEA-MSI award money for COVID- related response efforts.
  • Student Loan/Aid –AIAN students will get the same benefits as all other students with fed loans.
  • $50m+ for Institute of Museum and Library Services (includes Tribal grantees) to “expand digital network access, purchase internet accessible devices, and provide technical support services”.
  • $900m+ Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) supplement for all eligible households, including those covered by Tribal LIHEAP.
  • $20m+ for Older American Act Tribal Nutrition activities for the delivery of nutrition services to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiian elders.
  • $96m+ for Indian Child Care Development Block Grant for COVID-19 costs and to provide child-care services for health care and emergency workers.


Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Broadband:

  • $300m+ for NAHASDA & ICDBG; $200m through NAHASDA formula (but only for COVID-needs) and $100m through the Indian Country Development Block grant (ICDBG)
  • $100 million for the Re-connect program (Broadband Loan and Grant Program authorized by Sec. 779 of the Consolidate Appropriations Act, 2018).
  • $25 million for Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program. Funding goes toward initial capital assets for equipment (e.g., video conferencing equipment, computers) that operate via telecommunications to rural end-users of telemedicine and distance learning. Broadband facilities (if owned by the applicant) are also eligible. Federally recognized tribes are eligible to apply for DLT grants.

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