Tribal Resources and Opportunities
We have complied a list of resources and funding opportunities for Tribal communities from Commerce and beyond.
Community Capital Facilities
- Building for the Arts: Capital grants up to $2 million to performing arts, museums and cultural organizations for acquisition or new construction. Open now.
- Building Communities Fund grants. Virtual workshop June 15. Open now.
- Community Behavioral Health Rental Assistance: The Community Behavioral Health Rental Assistance (CBRA) program provides a long-term rental subsidy for high-risk individuals and households with behavioral health conditions.
- Behavioral Health Facilities programs have new capital grant applications open now and later this summer.
- Crisis Triage and Stabilization – Trueblood Phase 2. Informational meeting June 2. Open now.
- Enhanced Services Facilities (ESF) Open June.
- Mental Health Peer Respite. Open June.
- 90- and-180-day Civil Commitment Facilities. Open June.
- Intensive Behavioral Health Treatment Facilities. Open June.
- The Housing Trust Fund has multiple programs and funding cycles throughout the year. For complete information visit the Applying to the Housing Trust Fund page.
- HOME Investments Partnership Program – Rental Development: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) HOME Rental Development program is a housing block grant program used to preserve and create affordable housing for low-income households. This program is tribal entity eligible.
- Consolidated Homeless Grant: The Consolidated Homeless Grant (CHG) provides resources to fund homeless crisis response systems to support communities in ending homelessness. Grants are made to local governments and nonprofits but sub grantees can be tribes.
Electrification of Transportation Systems: The Department of Commerce is happy to launch the development of the Electrification of Transpiration System (ETS) programs with two rounds of funding set to open in late 2022. We’re looking for community feedback on the application process and grant program administration in order to identify and dismantle barriers that might stop you from applying. More information on project criteria, program goals, match requirements and other details are summarized in the Electrification of Transportation Systems Program Overview (PDF).
Eligible applicants are invited to join one of three virtual listening sessions on Zoom to provide input. The goal is to increase visibility and accessibility of the ETS grant opportunity.
- Tribal governments, 1–2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21
Register for Tribal governments listening session
- State agencies and local governments, 10:30 a.m.–Noon Tuesday, June 28
Register for State agencies and local governments listening session
- Small utilities (as defined in RCW 19.29A.010(25)), 10:30 a.m. –Noon Thursday, June 30
Register for the small utilities listening session
Working Washington grants: Round 5 of emergency relief grants for businesses and non-profits, including arts organizations, opening this summer.
Washington State Housing Finance Commission (WSHFC) Homeowner Assistance Program
If you are a homeowner struggling to pay your mortgage or other home costs, help is available through the state Homeownership Hotline at 877-894-4663. You’ll be connected with one-on-one support to sort out your options. You also may be eligible for a new source of federal assistance, the Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF). Don’t wait— call today and get help!
Spark NW is dedicated to affordable, equitable, clean energy and works to accelerate the shift to clean energy one community at a time. Spark NW’s Tribal Energy program has been engaging with Tribes to foster energy independence and self-sufficiency. They have a proven track record with capacity building within Tribal communities. Reach out to Spark NW’s Tribal Liaison for more information.
Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)
The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) is a locally-based, regionally driven economic development planning process and document that successfully engages a range of partners from across your region. If you need help in developing a comprehensive community planning document CEDS might be a good match for you. It also opens you up to support from federal agencies. For local contact information reach out to the Washington state Department of Commerce Tribal Liaison.
CERB Planning Program
CERB Planning Program provides limited grant funding for studies to evaluate high-priority economic development projects, and rural broadband projects. When considering planning grants, the Board gives priority to projects that could result in a type of project eligible for CERB construction funds.
Michelle Gladstone-Wade, Tribal Liaison