Assistance for Native Americans and Tribes in Oregon
USDA Rural Development is committed to the future of rural
communities, including American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN)
communities and individuals. This commitment is long term in nature
and transcends annual appropriations and funding cycles.
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Rural Development Program List
Fact Sheets and Information
USDA Rural Development seeks RBEG concept papers for economic development projects in Oregon.
The USDA Rural Development Oregon State Office is soliciting concept papers for the fiscal year 2014 RBEG program. Specific details and program contacts are provided in each of the following two RBEG competitions:
Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities
Learn about program opportunities
for rural communities through USDA, the U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of
Transportation (DOT), and the U.S. Environmental Protection
Rural Development Native American Programs
In addition to the programs described on this page, Native
Americans and Tribes are also eligible to apply for Rural
Development's regularly funded business, housing, community and
utility programs. Links are provided below.
Business Loans and Grants -
Click here for a full listing of all Business Loans and
- Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) Native
Through our RBEG program, USDA Rural Development provides
grant funds for precisely targeted technical assistance, training, feasibility
studies and other activities that support the development of specifically
identifiable, small business enterprises in rural areas. Eligible applicants are
nonprofits, public bodies and Tribes. Program funding, as well as the
application process, is administered through the Oregon State Office.
Every year, the agency
reserves a portion of its RBEG funding for Native American projects. These are
efforts where at least 75 percent of project benefits will be received by
members of a Federally Recognized Native American Tribe. Alternatively, the
beneficiary may be a tribally-owned business venture.
Rural Development makes
a public announcement for the solicitation of applications on an annual basis.
Funding opportunities will be posted here. Click here for
more information on the RBEG program.
- Rural Business Opportunity Grant (RBOG) -
Native American Funding
The RBOG program provides grant funds for strategic technical assistance,
training, and planning activities that promote est practicesin sustainable
economic development for rural communities with exceptional needs (i.e., those
that have experienced recent natural disaster or structural changes, or long
term poverty, population decline or job deterioration). Since 2010, RBOG
projects that feature a strong regional approach (Great Regions) have been
favored. Eligible applicants are public bodies, nonprofit corporations, Tribes
rural cooperatives that have sufficient financial strength and expertise to
conduct the proposed activity. This is not a grant for individuals or
Program funding, as
well as the application process, is administered through the National Office,
however, applicants should work with their local
Rural Development Business Programs
Specialist to develop their application.
Every year, the agency
identifies a pool of funding to be set aside for Native American projects. There
is no grant size restriction on these funds.
accepted once a year, as announced in a Federal Register notice, with awards
announced in late summer. Click here for more information
on the RBOG program.
Socially-Disadvantaged Producer Grant (SSDPG)
Formerly known as the
Small, Minority Producer Grant Program, the primary objective of the SSDPG
program is to provide technical assistance to small, socially-disadvantaged
agricultural producers through eligible cooperatives and associations of
cooperatives. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. The maximum award
amount per grant is $200,000.
Program funding, as well as the application process, is
administered through the National Office, however, applicants should work with
their local Rural Development Business
Programs Specialist to develop their application.
An entity is eligible
to receive an SSDPG if it is an Association of Cooperatives or a Cooperative
whose primary focus is to provide assistance to small, socially-disadvantaged
producers and whose governing board and/or membership is comprised of at least
75 percent small, socially disadvantaged producers. Applicants will be required
to verify their legal structure as a Cooperative or as an Association of
Cooperative in the state in which they are incorporated at the time of
application. Public bodies and Individuals are not eligible to receive grants.
Grant funds must be
used for Technical Assistance. Technical assistance is defined as: An advisory
service performed for the benefit of a small, socially-disadvantaged producer
such as market research; product and/or service improvement/ legal advice and
assistance; feasibility study, business plan, and marketing plan development;
opportunities are announced upon publication of a Notice of Funding
Click here for more information on the SSPDG program.
- Water Loans and Grants
- Click here for a full
- Section 306 C Water
and Waste Grant - Native American Funding
Each year, the Water and Waste
Disposal program sets aside a portion of national grant funds to help Native
American Tribes and service areas address significant health risks in
communities with a population of $10,000 or less.
These funds have been
set aside for eligible projects that benefit members of Federally Recognized
Native American Tribes. Residents of the rural area to be served must face
significant health risks due to the fact that a significant proportion of the
community residents do not have access to, or are not served by, adequate,
affordable, water and/or waste disposal systems. Documentation to support the
poor sanitary waste disposal and health risks should be provided to USDA.
The use of RD loan
funds, as well as funds from other sources, in conjunction with the grant funds
is strongly encouraged whenever feasible to maximize the investment. Generally,
applicants are expected to borrow as much as they can afford to repay, as in the
regular loan program. However, water and waste disposal systems can obtain up to
100 percent grants to construct basic drinking water, sanitary sewer, solid
waste disposal and storm drainage. Also, under this program, the systems can
obtain funds to provide grant assistance directly to individuals to install
necessary indoor plumbing like bathrooms and pay other costs of connecting to
For more information,
or to begin developing an application, please contact the
Community Programs Specialist Serving your area.
Click here for more
information on the Water and Waste Program.
- Electric Loans and
Grants - These programs are administered through the Rural Development
here for program and contact information.
Fact Sheets and Information
Links to Additional Resources - Government
USDA Office of Tribal Relations:
Administration for Native Americans (HHS):
Bureau of Indian Affairs:
The Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (Treasury):
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Native
American Programs (ONAP):
Department of Interior Office of Indian Energy and Economic
Indian Health Service (IHS):
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs:
Small Business Administration Office of Native American Affairs:
Links to Additional Resources - Non - Governmental
American Indian Higher Education Consortium:
American Indian Institute:
First Nations Development Institute:
National American Indian Housing Council:
National Congress of American Indians (NCAI):
National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development:
National Indian Education Association (NIEA):
National Indian Health Board (NIHB):
American Indian College Fund:
Indian Country Today:
Native American Times:
Native American Journalists Association:
USDA Rural Development Contacts
Vicki Walker, Oregon State Director
Oregon State Office
TDD: (503) 414-3387
Fax: (503) 414-3394
USDA Rural Development
1201 NE Lloyd Blvd., Ste. 801
Portland, OR 97232-1274
Jill Rees, Native American Coordinator / Public Affairs Specialist
Char Rollier, State Environmental Coordinator responsible for Section 106
consultation, Civil Engineer
USDA Rural Development Oregon Directory
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