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National Indian Health Board

The National Indian Health Board is sharing a "Dear Tribal Leader" letter from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The letter details a new, non-competitive funding opportunity for Tribes in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please read below.

Dear Tribal Leader,

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is pleased to announce that at least $40 million is available for a new non-competitive notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) to reach all Title I and Title V tribal nations with funding to respond to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

The anticipated notice of funding opportunity publication date is March 30, 2020. 

Though this is a non-competitive grant, there are immediate, required actions (which can take 3-14 business days) that you can take now to avoid delays in accessing, applying for, and receiving awards. 

Act now to ensure your organization has these steps completed and is eligible prior to submitting your application: 

  • Obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS)
    • D-U-N-S Number assignment is FREE for all businesses required to register with the US Federal government for contracts or grants. If one does not exist for your business location, it can be created within 1 business day.
    • For additional help, contact or call 1-866-705-5711.
  • Register for a System for Award Management (SAM) account
    • You will need your organization’s DUNS number and Tax ID number or Employer Identification Number (EIN).
    • If you are already registered, please ensure that your account is active at least through June 2020.
    • Reference Registration instructions for SAM and the SAM Quick Start Guide for additional information.
    • For help, contact the supporting Federal Service Desk (FSD) at or call 1-866-606-8220.
  • Register your organization on
    • Before applying for a funding opportunity, you need to register an account with which can be completed in minutes.
    • Reference the Online Help Portal for additional information.
    • For help, contact or call 1-800-518-4726.

Based on input from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Indian Health Service (IHS), and tribal partners and stakeholders, CDC is taking a multifaceted approach to provide COVID-19 funding to Indian Country. This approach aims to get public health resources out quickly during the COVID-19 declared emergency and enable broad access and opportunity for COVID-19 resources across tribal nations. This approach also reflects the statutory requirements of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (P.L. 116-123).  

Please contact for additional information and questions.

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