Program Description

This program provides funding to 1994 Land Grant Institutions (Tribal Colleges) to make capital improvements to their educational facilities and to purchase equipment. Additional program information can be obtained at: http://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/tribal-college-initiative-grants

General Program Requirements

Who may apply for this program?
Tribal Colleges as listed in Section 7402 of the Agricultural Act of 2014.

How may funds be used?
Funds can be used by Tribal Colleges for infrastructure improvements, to purchase equipment and to develop essential community facilities.

Eligible community facilities projects include:

  • Schools
  • Education equipment
  • Libraries
  • Dorms
  • Renovation and improvements
  • Vehicles and major equipment
  • Education and cultural projects
What kinds of funding are available?
  • Grants up to $250,000 per land grant institution
  • Funds can be used to pay up to 95% of the project cost
Are matching funds required?
  • A 5% match is required
  • Partnerships with other federal, state, local, private and non-profit entities are encouraged.
What governs this program?

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Applications for this program are accepted through your local office year round. State and local office contact information can be found at: http://www.rd.usda.gov/browse-state

Program Contact Information

Marian Merritt
Senior Loan Specialist
Marian.Merritt@wdc.usda.gov
202-692-0137

Additional Information

Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceOther Tribal and Native Entities
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram Only for Tribes/Native Organizations
Type of Assistance ProvidedGrant
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Matching Funds RequiredYes

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