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

Help with Disconnected Youth Available to Tribes, States and Municipalities

8 12 2014

Pilot program involving 5 federal agencies.

Over five million 14-to-24-year-olds in the U.S. are out of school and not working. In many cases, they face the additional challenges of being low-income, homeless, in foster care, or involved in the justice system. Today, in response, five federal agencies are coming together to offer communities support in overcoming the obstacles they face in achieving better outcomes for “disconnected youth,” and those at risk of becoming disconnected.

For the next 100 days (application deadline: March 4. 2015), states, tribes, and municipalities can apply to become a Performance Partnership Pilot (P3). These pilot communities will test innovative, cost-effective, and outcome-focused strategies for improving results for disconnected youth.

For further information:

If we can help prepare a competitive application:


Gates Foundation–Partnering for the Future: Investing in Native Student Success Project-Due April 1!!

6 02 2014

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) to increase the success of Native American students in Washington State and the greater Portland, Oregon area. If your program is aligned with the identified goals and priority programs outlined in the attached guidelines, we invite you to submit a proposal by 5pm on April 1, 2014.

 Please note that the foundation’s new submission process requires applicants to complete the foundation’s RFP template which can be downloaded through our online grant application tool, Unison: If you have technical questions about the proposal submission process, please contact Nelson Khov at

Program Officer LiLi Liu is responsible for managing the application process and grant investments but will not be able to provide individual guidance on program content due to the high volume of requests, as well as to ensure an unbiased selection process. If you have questions related to the identified goals, priority programs, or proposal questions, we encourage your participation in two Information Sessions co-hosted by the Gates Foundation and Potlatch Fund on February 26th and March 19th via teleconference.

 For assistance in preparing a competitive proposal please contact us at

Save September 15-Suquamish Museum Opening Ceremony!

8 06 2012

Be sure to save the date of September 15, 2012 for the Opening Celebration of the new Suquamish Museum on the Port Madison Indian Reservation! This 9,000 square foot facility is the last of the three key buildings funded by the Building for Cultural Resurgence Campaign. The others include the Early Learning Center and the House of Awakened Culture longhouse. SparrowHawk is proud to have served as campaign counsel. For further information: 360.394.8499 or email

Department of Justice Announces $101.5 million in 2012 CTAS grants

20 01 2012

Deadline: April 18, 2012 9 PM EST

Tribes and Tribal Consortia are eligible to apply for funding under the Consolidated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) for a variety of 10 justice and safety programs or purpose areas.  As I mentioned in a previous blog, the Department is a leader in an effort to bring several, related programs together in a single application that encourages Tribal programs to coordinate and collaborate in preparing and implementing their projects. This year’s purpose areas are:

FY 2012 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation Purpose Areas

1. Public safety and community policing (COPS Tribal Resources Hiring Grant Program and Tribal Resources Grant Equipment/Training), CFDA #16.710
2. Comprehensive Planning Demonstration Project, (OJP/BJA), CFDA #16.608
3. Justice systems, and alcohol and substance abuse (OJP/BJA—Tribal Courts Assistance Program and Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Program), CFDA #16.608
4. Corrections and correctional alternatives (OJP/BJA—Correctional Systems and Correctional Alternatives on Tribal Lands Program), CFDA #16.596
5. Violence Against Women (OVW- Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program- TSASP), CFDA#16.587
6. Violence Against Women (OVW—Tribal Governments Program – Tribal Governments Program), CFDA #16.587
7. Victims of Crime (OJP/OVC—Children’s Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities), CFDA #16.582
8. Victims of Crime (OJP/OVC- Comprehensive Tribal Victim Assistance Program), CFDA#16.528
9. Juvenile Justice (OJP/OJJDP—Tribal Juvenile Accountability Discretionary Program), CFDA #16.731
10. Tribal Youth Program (OJP/OJJDP—Tribal Youth Program – TYP), CFDA #16.731

2012 Changes in the Program

“What changes were made to CTAS for Fiscal Year 2012?

The Department made several major changes based on Tribal leaders and Tribal organizations input:
• Incorporating a question-and-answer template into the solicitation to make the document more user-friendly;
• Adding a new strategic planning pilot program;
• Adjusting Purpose Areas to address Tribes’ concerns and to allow for greater flexibility in funding requests;
• Using a demographics form instead of relying on a general narrative to better illustrate the unique characteristics of each Tribe;
• Requiring Tribes to submit legal Tribal documentation authorizing application for grant funding. This documentation must be submitted at the time of application, but is defined more broadly than in 2011, which specifically required a Tribal Resolution.” (CTAS Fact Sheet)

For further information: contact us at SparrowHawk Consulting Company–we’ve helped one Tribe secure over $4.6 million in CTAS funding in the last two years!  Don Chalmers

or visit the DOJ website at: