Managing Agency Indian Health Service

Program Description

The Sanitation Facilities Construction (SFC) Program provides environmental engineering services and sanitation facilities to American Indians and Alaska Natives nationwide through the allocation of available resources to the twelve Indian Health Service (IHS) Area Offices. The SCF Program provides technical and financial assistance to American Indian and Alaska Native tribes for the cooperative development and construction of essential water supply, sewage disposal, and solid waste disposal facilities. IHS environmental engineers plan, design, and manage most SFC projects.

General Program Requirements

Any member of a Federally recognized tribe, band, group, or community of American Indian/Alaska Native persons is eligible for SFC Program services, provided they are within the scope of the IHS program as determined by the policies, standards, and procedures set forth in the IHS Manual. Eligibility is also extended to certain unaffiliated California Indians per the Amendments to the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

Requests for sanitation facilities generally must come from a federally recognized tribal government in keeping with the government-to-government relationship between the Federal Government and tribes. Tribal members are encouraged to contact their federally recognized tribe, band, group, or community of American Indian/Alaska Native leaders for sanitation facilities assistance.

Program Contact Information

Mark Calkins
Director, Division of Sanitation Facilities Construction, OEHE, IHS
Mark.Calkins@ihs.gov
301-443-1247

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Additional Information

Length of ProgramCreated July 31, 1959 through PL 86-121
Tribes Funded by this ProgramSCF Program funds SCF projects
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)1.2 million
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram Only for Tribes/Native Organizations
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?No
Type of Assistance ProvidedTechnical and financial assistance to address sanitation deficiencies
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number94.445
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo

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