CDC COVID-19 Funding for Tribes

As of September 30, 2020, CDC has provided $208.7 million to tribal nations, consortia, and organizations for responding to COVID-19 across tribal communities. This amount exceeds the minimum of $165 million directed by Congress through the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020external icon and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Actexternal icon.

CDC is using a multifaceted approach to allocate COVID-19 funding to Indian Country, enabling broad access to COVID-19 resources across tribal communities:

~$142.0 million to tribal nations, consortia, and organizations through a new noncompetitive grant, Supporting Tribal Public Health Capacity in Coronavirus Preparedness and Response external icon

  • Purpose : To support tribes and tribal organizations in carrying out surveillance, epidemiology, laboratory capacity, infection control, mitigation, communication, and other COVID-19 preparedness and response activities
  • Recipients and reach : 346 tribal recipients pdf icon[PDF – 139 KB], including 290 tribal nations, 25 tribal consortia, and 31 tribal organizations, which will reach more than 490 tribes and more than 39 million individuals, according to grantee self-reports

~$50.8 million through supplements to an existing CDC cooperative agreement, Tribal Public Health Capacity Building and Quality Improvement, including—

$15.2 million through supplements to an existing cooperative agreement, Strengthening Public Health Systems and Services Through National Partnerships to Improve and Protect the Nation’s Healthexternal icon, including—

  • $9.9 million to address COVID-19 among urban American Indians and Alaska Natives
    • Recipients : National Council of Urban Indian Health, including sub-awards for 41 urban Indian health centers ($8.0 million) and funds to support training for Indian healthcare personnel through the Healthcare Workforce Infection Prevention Control Training initiative ($1.9 million)
  • $5.3 million to conduct national COVID-19 communication activities for tribes
    • Recipient : National Indian Health Board, for conducting national COVID-19 communication activities for tribes ($2.0 million) and supporting training for tribal healthcare personnel through the Healthcare Workforce Infection Prevention Control Training Initiative ($1.0 million),  enhancing tribal environmental health capacity and preparedness in COVID-19 response and prevention efforts ($2.0 million), and creating a COVID-19 Clinical Center of Excellence to support longitudinal medical consultation for health providers in tribal communities ($300,000)

$750,000 through the Public Health Crisis Response cooperative agreement administered by CDC’s Center for Preparedness and Response

  • Purpose : To support COVID-19 incident management, jurisdictional recovery, information management, countermeasures and mitigation, surge management, and bio surveillance activities
  • Recipient : Cherokee Nationexternal icon (Oklahoma)
Page last reviewed: June 21, 2021