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This list of grant opportunities is maintained for applicants from Tribes and Tribal courts. It is intended to provide a one-stop-shopping place for Tribes and Tribal courts to find funding opportunities to build Tribal court capacity in relation to children and families. The grants listed here do not represent all grant opportunities. If you have a successful grant application you would like posted on this website or have additional funding sources that you would like listed or new categories added, please contact Vida Castaneda.

Family Violence

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National Indian Health Outreach and Education
Deadline by: September 25, 2014
To be eligible for this "New/Competing Continuation Announcement," an eligible applicant must be a 501(c)(3) national Indian organization that has demonstrated expertise as follows: - Representing all Tribal governments and providing a variety of services to Tribes, Area Health Boards, Tribal organizations, and Federal agencies, and playing a major role in focusing attention on Indian health care needs, resulting in improved health outcomes for Tribes. - Promoting and supporting Indian education and coordinating efforts to inform AI/AN of Federal decisions that affect Tribal government interests including the improvement of Indian health care. - Administering national health policy and health programs. - Maintaining a national AI/AN constituency and clearly supporting critical services and activities within the IHS mission of improving the quality of health care for AI/AN people. - Supporting improved healthcare in Indian Country. - Applicants must provide proof of non-profit status with the application, e.g. 501(c)(3). The national Indian organization must have the infrastructure in place to accomplish the work under the proposed program.

National Indian Health Outreach and Education III
Deadline by: September 25, 2014
The purpose of this Indian Health Service (IHS) cooperative agreement announcement is to encourage national Indian organizations, IHS, and Tribal partners to work together to conduct Affordable Care Act (ACA) / Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA) training and technical assistance throughout Indian Country. Under the Limited Competition National Indian Health Outreach and Education (NIHOE) III Cooperative Agreement program, the overall program objective is to improve Indian health care by conducting training and technical assistance across American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities to ensure that the Indian health care system and all AI/ANs are prepared to take advantage of the new health insurance coverage options which will improve the quality of and access to health care services, and increase resources for AI/AN health care. The goal of this program announcement is to coordinate and conduct training and technical assistance on a national scale for the 566 Federally-recognized Tribes and Tribal organizations on the changes, improvements and authorities of the ACA and IHCIA and the health insurance options available to AI/AN through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Increasing Access TO HIV Counseling and Testing Services for High-Risk Populations, and Improving Linkage, Engagement and Retention in Care and Support Services in the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia  under the PEPFAR
Deadline by: October 16, 2014
 The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to increase the identification of HIV positive persons through targeted HIV counseling and testing (HCT), assist in spouse and child disclosure of HIV status, and improve linkage and enrollment of all newly identified HIV clients to HIV/AIDS care, treatment and support services. Linkage is defined as the process of identifying new HIV positive clients through a bidirectional relationship among index case testing service outlets and HIV/AIDS care and treatment facilities, enrolling newly diagnosed HIV clients into appropriate chronic care by using referral slip and/or escorting of all newly identified HIV clients to appropriate care, treatment and support services. The care and support services will serve to improve clients ART adherence, and overall quality of life of persons living with HIV (PLHIV) and their families. This in turn will reduce new HIV infections, improve the quality of life for PLHIVs, and mitigate the negative health, psychological, social, and economic impacts of HIV infection in the long term.

CDC Procurement and Grants Office Technical Information Management Section Phone 770-488-2700; email:

National Maternal and Child Health Data Resource Center Cooperative Agreement Program
Deadline by: October 28, 2014
This announcement solicits applications for the National Maternal and Child Health Data Resource Center Cooperative Agreement Program. The purpose of the National Maternal and Child Health Data Resource Center (DRC) Cooperative Agreement Program is to support a diverse population of stakeholders in the valid and standardized use of national, state, and community level data as it relates to the health of women, children and families.  This cooperative agreement program will support the maintenance and expansion of a DRC that highlights, describes, and facilitates access to publicly available data with a focus on increasing access to and timely utilization of maternal and child health (MCH) data among state and local governments and non-governmental organizations, including HRSA grantees.  Activities to increase both the availability of relevant data and the analytic capability of stakeholders will be done in a manner that aligns with and supports the Maternal and Child Health Bureau's (MCHB) initiative to evaluate the effectiveness of MCH programming through the use of national and state-selected performance measures.  For the 2015-2018 funding cycle, the objectives of this project are:  1) Continue a strategic expansion of the MCH-relevant datasets available on the DRC's website to support the changing analytic needs of MCH stakeholders.  Specifically, this expansion will include state-level estimates for a selection of the newly specified national outcome and performance measures under the Title V MCH Services Block Grant. 2) Increase the number and diversity of stakeholders who utilize this resource while ensuring that the resource remains both scientifically-sound and user-friendly. 3) Support state and local MCH programs in the utilization of valid and standardized data to monitor and evaluate program effectiveness, including state-initiated tracking of ¿real time¿ data for high priority MCH indicators where feasible.
Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, HRSA Grants Application Center, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 155 South, Gaithersburg, MD, 20878; Email address:
Contact Reem M. Ghandour, DrPH, MPA at ((30)1) -443- Ext. 3786 or email

Partnership for State Title V Maternal and Child Health Leadership Community Cooperative Agreement
Deadline by: November 3, 2014
This announcement solicits applications for the fiscal year (FY) 2015 Partnership for State Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Leadership Community Cooperative Agreement. The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to support an organization focusing on MCH to improve public health programs and the delivery of MCH services and assure optimal alignment with the transformed Title V MCH Services Block Grant program.  The awardee will support efforts of State Title V MCH programs, led by State MCH  and Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN) Directors, to improve the health of all mothers and children by assisting States in developing, implementing, and sustaining public health programs and a comprehensive system of care for the delivery of MCH services that are well aligned with the transformed Title V MCH Services Block Grant.  In addition, the awardee will support efforts of State Title V MCH Services Block Grant programs related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including outreach and enrollment, tracking improvements from coverage to care to systems, and developing an 'early warning system' for ACA-related issues in MCH. Applications for the Partnership for State Title V MCH Leadership Community Cooperative Agreement must address the following four goals:

1.      Assist and support State MCH and CSHCN Directors in improving MCH outcomes;
2.      Serve as an effective voice in communicating the importance of MCH issues;
3.      Develop strong partnerships and collaborations with other national partners to advance MCH priorities; and
4.      Facilitate development of a highly skilled MCH workforce, including State MCH leaders and staff, family leaders, and youth leaders. This funding will assist in providing an effective link between the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA's) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), State Title V MCH programs, and MCH-related organizations at the national level to improve each State's ability to demonstrate the impact and value of the Title V MCH Services Block Grant.  This funding also will support closer linkages between State Title V MCH programs and other HRSA and non-HRSA investments, including, but not limited to, Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV), Healthy Start, newborn screening, Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS), Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC), community health centers, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, HRSA Grants Application Center, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 155 South, Gaithersburg, MD, 20878
Contact Ellen Volpe at (301)-44-3-63 Ext. 20 or email

Strengthen Evidence Base for Maternal and Child Health Programs
Deadline by: November 10, 2014
This announcement solicits applications for the ¿Strengthen Evidence Base for Maternal and Child Health Programs' cooperative agreement.  The purpose of this program is to provide support and resources to assist State Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) programs in developing evidence-based or evidence-informed State Action Plans as well as in responding to the National Outcome Measures, National Performance Measures, State Performance Measures, and state-initiated Structural/Process Measures.  This will facilitate the transformation of the MCH Title V Block Grant program.  The activities funded under the cooperative agreement will aim to accomplish the following six goals: (1) Convene a Team of Experts who have specialty background and experience related to the topical areas addressed in the National Performance Measures such as medical home or children with special health care needs; (2) Provide a critical review of the evidence of effectiveness of possible strategies to address National Outcome Measures, National Performance Measures, State Performance Measures, and state-initiated Structural/Process Measures via the Team of Experts; (3) Provide ongoing consultation to state Title V MCH programs via the Team of Experts, to support the State's development of evidence-based or evidence-informed State Action Plans; (4) Develop web-based supports and resources for State Title V (MCH) programs; (5) Establish an online platform for sharing best practices called a ¿Community of Practice, which will facilitate communication and information-sharing on topics regarding the emerging needs of Title V state and discretionary grantees for implementing the Title V MCH Block Grant Transformation process; and (6) Maintain and enhance a MCH digital library to facilitate access to historical and current MCH documents from the establishment of the Children¿s Bureau in 1912 to the enactment of Title V of the Social Security Act in 1935 and other significant documents published thereafter.  
Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, HRSA Grants Application Center, 910 Clopper Road, Suite 155 South, Gaithersburg, MD, 20878
Contact Sylvia Sosa at (301)-44-3-22 Ext. 59 or email

Gut-Microbiome-Brain Interactions and Mental Health (R21/R33)
Deadline by: November 25, 2014
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages research grant applications from institutions/organizations to investigate mechanisms by which the gut microbiome modulates the development and function of brain circuits that subserve behavioral functions of direct relevance to the mission of the NIMH. Because initial colonization of the gut by microbiota occurs early in life and may influence the subsequent development and modifiability of the central nervous system, developmental studies are of interest. Applicants may propose to use wild-type, gnotobiotic, and/or specific pathogen-free model organisms. With this FOA, the NIMH encourages investigator teams to initiate hypothesis-driven research in this cross-cutting research area and to identify promising mechanistic leads for future basic and translational research that will advance the mission of the NIMH.

Consortium on Biomarker and Outcome Measures of Social Impairment for Use in Clinical Trials in Autism Spectrum  Disorder
Deadline by: December 10, 2014
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite applications for the Consortium on Biomarkers and Outcome Measures of Social Impairment in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in order to generate objective tools for use in clinical trials of behavioral or pharmacologic interventions. The FOA will support a Consortium project to conduct a multi-site study to assess a well-justified set of standardized lab-based measures of domains of social impairment and biological measures (resting state and task-based EEG as well as eye tracking measures) that show promise in school age individuals with ASD at baseline, 6 and 24 week time points. The intent of the FOA is to qualify a set of measures that can be used as stratification biomarkers and/or as sensitive and reliable objective measures of social impairment in ASD clinical trials. A key goal of the Consortium projectis to provide a community resource for broad sharing of all data generated including processed/analyzed data, with rapid and timely deposition of data into the National Database for Autism Research (NDAR). All data generated in this project are expected to be deposited in NDAR and will be accessible for use by all qualified investigators. In addition, blood (DNA) samples are expected to be deposited in the NIMH Repository and Genomics Resource for future research use. The Consortium project will assess the following: (1) whether lab-based measures of specific domains of social impairment in ASD are more sensitive indicators of clinical status compared to commonly used clinician and caregiver assessments of social impairment for their potential use as outcome measures in clinical trials; (2) whether eye-tracking, electrophysiological (EEG) paradigms, or a combination of the two, have potential utility as stratification biomarkers and/or as sensitive and reliable measures of change in ASD clinical trials; (3) the relationship (correlation) of lab-based measures of domains of social impairment to eye tracking or EEG (resting state and task-based) paradigms; and (4) the relationship (correlation) of lab-based measures of domains of social impairment to commonly used clinician and caregiver assessments of social impairment. In addition, the FOA includes a resource aim for the collection of blood (DNA) samples from all subjects, including the parents of ASD subjects, for future genomic analyses.

Improving Diabetes Management in Young Children with Type 1 Diabetes (DP3)
Deadline: March 18, 2015
The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support research to develop, refine, and pilot test innovative strategies to improve diabetes management in young children with type 1 diabetes (5 years old and under). At the end of the funding period, there should be a well-developed and well-characterized intervention that has been demonstrated to be safe, feasible to implement, acceptable in the target population, and, if promising, ready to be tested in a larger efficacy trial.

Healthy Habits: Timing for Developing Sustainable Healthy Behaviors in Children and Adolescents (R21)
Deadline: May 7, 2017
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) seeks to encourage applications that employ innovative research to identify mechanisms of influence and/or promote positive sustainable health behavior(s) in children and youth (birth to age 21). Applications to promote positive health behavior(s) should target social and cultural factors, including, but not limited to: schools, families, communities, population, food industry, age-appropriate learning tools and games, social media, social networking, technology and mass media. Topics to be addressed in this announcement include: effective, sustainable processes for influencing young people to make healthy behavior choices; identification of the appropriate stage of influence for learning sustainable lifelong health behaviors; the role of technology and new media in promoting healthy behavior; identification of factors that support healthy behavior development in vulnerable populations, identification of barriers to healthy behaviors; and, identification of mechanisms and mediators that are common to the development of a range of habitual health behaviors. Given the many factors involved in developing sustainable health behaviors, applications from multidisciplinary teams are strongly encouraged. The ultimate goal of this FOA is to promote research that identifies and enhances processes that promote sustainable positive behavior or changes social and cultural norms that influence health and future health behaviors.

Interventions for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Native American Populations (R01)
Deadline: August 24, 2017
The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to develop, adapt, and test the effectiveness of health promotion and disease prevention interventions in Native American (NA) populations. NA populations are exposed to considerable risk factors that significantly increase their likelihood of chronic disease, substance abuse, mental illness, oral diseases, and HIV-infection. The intervention program should be culturally appropriate and promote the adoption of healthy lifestyles, improve behaviors and social conditions and/or improve environmental conditions related to chronic diseases, the consumption of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, mental illness, oral disease, or HIV-infection. The intervention program should be designed so that it could be sustained within the entire community within existing resources, and, if successful, disseminated in other Native American communities. The long-term goal of this FOA is to reduce mortality and morbidity in NA communities. For the purposes of this FOA Native Americans include the following populations: Alaska Native, American Indian, and Native Hawaiian. The term Native Hawaiian means any individual any of whose ancestors were natives, prior to 1778, of the area which now comprises the State of Hawaii.


Mental Health & Substance Abuse

Longitudinal Assessment of Post-traumatic Syndromes (U01)
Deadline: November 6, 2014
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages cooperative research project grant (U01) applications for a multi-site, longitudinal research platform to 1) characterize post-traumatic trajectories based on dimensions of observable behavior, neurobiological changes, and other measures that may serve as markers of risk (e.g., neural network functional connectivity, cognitive functioning, emotion regulation, biomarkers of immune response) among adult trauma patients initially seen in emergency rooms and other acute trauma settings, 2) examine processes or mechanisms whereby post-trauma mental illness develops and is maintained, 3) develop algorithms to be used in the acute post-trauma time period to predict different trajectories, and 4) develop/refine measures of promising targets for future prevention and early treatment studies.

Social Services

Standing Announcement for Tribal Title IV-E Plan Development Grants
Deadline: April 30, 2015
The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to solicit applications for one-time grants to tribes, tribal organizations, or tribal consortia that are seeking to develop, and within 24 months of grant receipt, submit to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) a plan to implement a title IV-E foster care, adoption assistance and, at tribal option, guardianship assistance program. Grant funds under this funding opportunity announcement may be used for the cost of developing a title IV-E plan under Section 471 of the Social Security Act (the Act) to carry out a program under Section 479B of the Act. The grant may be used for costs relating to the development of data collection systems, a cost allocation methodology, agency and Tribal court procedures necessary to meet the case review system requirements under Section 475(5) of the Act, or any other costs attributable to meeting any other requirement necessary for approval of a title IV-E plan.

Veterans Cemetery Grants
Deadline: July 1, 2015
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Cemetery Grants Program was established in 1978 to complement VA’s National Cemetery Administration. The program assists states, territories and federally recognized tribal governments in providing gravesites for Veterans in those areas where VA’s national cemeteries cannot fully satisfy their burial needs. Grants may be used only for the purpose of establishing, expanding or improving Veterans cemeteries that are owned and operated by a state, federally recognized tribal government, or U.S. territory. Aid can be granted only to states, federally recognized tribal government, or U.S. territories. VA cannot provide grants to private organizations, counties, cities or other government agencies.

Surdna Foundation- Teens’ Artistic and Cultural Advancement
Deadline: Open (Letters of Inquiry)
Overall, we seek organizations that have a proven and longstanding commitment to serving teens and that emphasize skill building. We seek funding opportunities that:
• Provide high quality arts training that integrate life skills.  These skills include:  written and oral communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, and leadership development;
• Encourage teens to connect to their cultural identity through art-making;
• Provide young people with a well-developed, sequential curriculum that meets the increasing skills of participants;
• Foster strong mentoring opportunities for artists with teens;
• Employ accomplished faculty and guest artists who engage teens in art forms that reflect their cultural interests and community;
• Use research and evaluation tools to track the progress of teens’ success over time;
• Share best practices in regards to training and evaluation in order to strengthen the field of youth arts training.


Tribal Courts

Tribal Historic Preservation Offices (THPO) Historic Preservation Fund Grants in Aid
Due by: September 30, 2014
To provide formula grants to THPO for the identification, evaluation, and cultural and historical preservation by such means as survey, education, archeology, planning, and technical assistance. To assist THPOs in carrying out responsibilities as stated under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended through 2006.

FY 2015 Species Recovery Grants to Tribes
Deadline by: November 7, 2014
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) recognizes the unique importance of many protected species to tribes and values ongoing efforts by tribal nations to conserve and protect species under NMFS' jurisdiction. NMFS is authorized to provide Federal assistance to tribes to support conservation programs for marine and anadromous species under its jurisdiction. This assistance, provided in the form of grants, can be used to support conservation of endangered, threatened, and candidate or proposed species, as well as post-delisting monitoring of recovered species. Funded activities may include development and implementation of management plans, scientific research, and public education and outreach; proposals should address priority actions identified in an Endangered Species Act (ESA) Recovery Plan or address a NMFS-identified regional priority or need. Only federally recognized tribes and organizations of federally recognized tribes, such as the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission, that have delegated authority to represent a federally recognized tribe on matters relating to ESA listed, candidate, or proposed species, are eligible to apply. Proposals focusing on listed, candidate, or proposed species of Pacific salmon or steelhead will not be considered for funding under this grant program; such projects may be supported through the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund. This document describes how to prepare and submit proposals for funding in fiscal year (FY) 2015 and how NMFS will determine which proposals will be funded; this document should be read in its entirety.
Heather Coll; 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring MD 20910; Telephone: 301-427-8455; email:

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections
Deadline by: December 3, 2014
Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (SCHC) helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting sustainable conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections. Libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country face an enormous challenge: to preserve collections that facilitate research, strengthen teaching, and provide opportunities for life-long learning in the humanities. Ensuring the preservation of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art, and historical objects requires institutions to implement measures that slow deterioration and prevent catastrophic loss. This work is best accomplished through preventive conservation, which encompasses managing relative humidity, temperature, light, and pollutants in collection spaces; providing protective storage enclosures and systems for collections; and safeguarding collections from theft and from natural and man-made disasters. As museums, libraries, archives, and other collecting institutions strive to be effective stewards of humanities collections, they must find ways to implement preventive conservation measures that are sustainable. This program therefore helps cultural repositories plan and implement preservation strategies that pragmatically balance effectiveness, cost, and environmental impact. Sustainable approaches to preservation can contribute to an institution's financial health, reduce its use of fossil fuels, and benefit its green initiatives, while ensuring that collections are well cared for and available for use in humanities programming, education, and research.

Tribal Court Improvement Program
Deadline by: January 28, 2015
The Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau announces the availability of awards to provide tribes and tribal consortia the opportunity to compete for grants to enable tribal courts to:

(1) Conduct assessments of how tribal courts handle child welfare proceedings and to make improvements to court processes;

(2) Implement improvements to provide for the safety, permanency and well-being of children as set forth in the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 (Pub. L. 105-89) and increase and improve engagement of the entire family in court processes relating to child welfare, family preservation, family reunification and adoption;

(3) Ensure children's safety, permanence, and well-being needs are met in a timely and complete manner (through better collection and analysis of data); and

(4) Provide for training of judges, attorneys, and other legal personnel in child welfare cases.

Indian Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) Program
Due by: Not specified
The ICDBG Program provides eligible grantees with direct grants for use in developing viable Indian and Alaska Native Communities, including decent housing, a suitable living environment, and economic opportunities, primarily for low and moderate income persons. The ICDBG program can provide funding for recipients in the following categories: Housing: Housing rehabilitation, land acquisition to support new housing construction, and under limited circumstances, new housing construction. Community Facilities: Infrastructure construction, e.g., roads, water and sewer facilities; and, single or multipurpose community buildings. Economic Development: Wide variety of commercial, industrial, agricultural projects which may be recipient owned and operated or which may be owned and/or operated by a third party.


Tribal CASA

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