Great News on Funding for Health Care in Indian Country!

27 09 2018

We’re excited to hear from the National Indian Health Board that Congress has increased funding for various health programs in Indian Country.  We’re also happy to announce a large grant ($600,000+) to the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes that our company, ThunderHawk LLC helped prepare.  A Native-owned firm, ThunderHawk enjoys the services of one of our principles, Dr. Alex Thundercloud, MD, who was the key member of our team on that project.  For further information contact us at

USDA Rural Development Seeks Applications for RBDG Grant Program

11 01 2016

USDA Rural Development is accepting applications for the Rural Business Development Grant Program (RBDG), which is a competitive grant program designed to develop and expand rural small and emerging private business enterprises. Individual businesses themselves are
not eligible to apply. Public Bodies, Nonprofit Entities, and Indian tribes are eligible to apply for grant funds to support the development and
expansion of small and emerging private business enterprises in their rural areas. For a Tribe to apply to assist a tribal business enterprise, the governing board must be independent from the tribal government.

Grant funds may be used for targeted technical assistance, training and other activities to support the development of small, private business enterprises in rural areas. In Washington State, it is anticipated that approximately $353,000 will be available for the RBDG program this fiscal year. Applications must be submitted by Feb. 29, 2016 to be considered for this fiscal year’s anticipated funding. Applications from Native American tribes must be sent by March 31, 2016.

For Washington state: all applications must be sent to the USDA Rural Development Washington State Office, 1835 Black Lake Blvd. SW, Suite B, Olympia, WA 98512, and must be received in the office by 4:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time., For more information on the RBDG program in Washington state, please contact Carlotta Donisi by calling (360) 704-7724 or email her at

For assistance in preparing a competitive RBDG please contact us at

Want to get a jump on grant deadlines?

6 01 2016

For Health and Human Services you can use their Forecasting website to get advance estimates of grant programs, their allocation of funds, number of awards and deadlines.  Go to: to start your search.

We ran a search on upcoming Administration for Children and Families (ACF) program estimates for grants likely due between now and early April 2016 including Administration for Native Americans grants.  For a copy of the results just drop a note to



SAMHSA: $325.2 Million Available in Grant Opportunities

9 02 2015

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has announced several grant opportunities that might be of interest:

Up to $163.2 Million Available in Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration GrantsThe purpose of this program is to provide coordinated and integrated services by co-locating primary and specialty care medical services in community-based mental and behavioral health settings.

Up to $140 Million Available in Strategic Prevention Framework Grants

The program is designed to address two of the nation’s top substance abuse prevention priorities: 1) underage drinking among people aged 12 to 20; and 2) prescription drug misuse and abuse among people aged 12 to 25.

Up to $18.6 Million Available To Enhance and Support the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Disaster Distress Helpline

SAMHSA is accepting applications for a cooperative agreement of up to $18.6 million to manage, enhance, and strengthen the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline as well as the Disaster Distress Helpline (Helpline) over 3 years.

Up to $1.4 Million Available in Statewide Family Network Program Grants

The purpose of this program is to enhance state capacity and infrastructure to be more oriented to the needs of children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances and their families.

Nearly $2 Million Available in Statewide Consumer Network Grants

The purpose of this program is to improve mental health service delivery to people with serious mental illnesses by enhancing statewide mental health consumer-run and controlled organizations.

For further information:

For assistance in completing a competitive grant:  Don Chalmers, or (800) 398-9048

Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation Opens-Due 2/24/15

12 12 2014

The FY 2015 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) is now open. Applications are due February 24, 2015.

On November 20, 2014, the Department of Justice announced the opening of the grant solicitation period for comprehensive funding to support public safety, victim services, and crime prevention improvements in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.  The Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) is administered by the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), and Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). The funding can be used to enhance law enforcement; bolster adult and juvenile justice systems; prevent and control juvenile delinquency; serve sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder victims; and support other efforts to combat crime.

SparrowHawk has assisted Tribes in securing over $6 million of CTAS funds.  For further information please contact


Great Plains ICWA Summit-Rapid City SD

17 05 2013

I am attending this summit to learn more about this critically important issue. A recent study indicated that 90% of the 700 placed Native children and youth in South Dakota were placed in non-Native homes.

One of the panels held today shared Funding Sources to Assist Tribes with Child Protection, Foster Care, or ICWA

Sue Settles from the BIA mention both Social Services and ICWA funding dispersed via 638 contracting. She also pointed out a FY14 increase of $3 million for Family Violence programming also under 638.

Marilyn Kennerson from DHSS indicated Tribes can apply for Title IV B and E. Or Tribes can apply for a “subcontract” with a state Title IV E program for funding a tribal program.

A tribal consortium could also apply for Title IV E funding.

Kathy Deserly, from the National Resource Center for Tribes, provides training and technical assistance to Tribes including policies and procedures, but NOT help with preparing grant applications. SparrowHawk Consulting is available to help with this part of the work.

Two representatives from Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, Andrea Smith and Jolene George, shared ways Tribes can develop Title IV E programs without applying for a grant.

Emily Iron Cloud and Roxanne Two Bulls from the Pine Ridge Lakota Oyate Wakanyeja Owicakiyapi (LOWO) shared the history and progress their program has made in serving their children, youth and families. Emily highlighted the Oglala Sioux Tribe family code provisions that take into account traditional laws and values.

For further information or scanned copies of some of the materials from the Summit please contact us: or 800-398-9048, Don Chalmers

DOE Issues Funding Announcements for Clean Energy and Energy Efficient Projects in Indian Country

6 05 2013

On May 1, 2013, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs (OIEPP) jointly announced the availability of $7 million to be used for the installation of clean energy systems and energy efficient technologies in Indian Country. There are two separate funding opportunities: Community-Scale Clean Energy Projects in Indian Country (applications due June 27, 2013) and Tribal Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Deployment Assistance (applications due June 20, 2013). The announcements and applications for both funding opportunities may be found at:
For assistance in preparing applications please contact us at:

2013 CTAS Guidelines Announced!

11 12 2012

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Funding to Support Public Safety Projects in Indian Country Available

WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice today announced the opening of their comprehensive grant solicitation period for funding to support public safety, victim services and crime prevention improvements for American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments. The department’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) will be posted at 9:00 p.m. EST today at

“Through the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation we have made it easier for tribes to tap much-needed federal funding for critical needs, such as violence against women,” said Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West. “We have made excellent progress in restoring a healthy government-to-government relationship with tribal nations, but we are far from finished with our work.”

SparrowHawk Consulting has helped 2 Tribes prepare 3 successful CTAS applications that produced over $6.6 million for their justice and safety programs. Contact me at or 800-398-9048 to explore how we might help your Tribe!
Don Chalmers