Supporting Tribal Public Health Capacity in Coronavirus Preparedness & Response

Noncompetitive Notice of Funding Opportunity (CDC-RFA-OT20-2004)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces that the noncompetitive notice of funding opportunity, CDC-RFA-OT20-2004: Supporting Tribal Public Health Capacity in Coronavirus Preparedness and Responseexternal icon, has been published on Grants.govexternal icon. This emergency funding opportunity is designed to fund federally recognized tribes that contract or compact with the Indian Health Service under Title I and Title V of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, or consortia of these tribes, or their bona fide agents. All federally recognized tribes, tribal organizations, consortia of federally recognized tribes, or their bona fide agents are also eligible for funding under this announcement. During a national emergency, these organizations are uniquely positioned to provide emergency preparedness and response support for tribal health departments and other components of the tribal public health system.

Key Dates & Information
Background & Purpose

On January 31, 2020, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services  declared the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) as a public health emergency under the Public Health Service Act. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. On March 13, 2020, the President issued a Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the COVID-19 Outbreak. As of March 16, 2020, all 50 states and several local and territorial jurisdictions have declared states of emergency.

On March 6, the President signed the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020. This bill provides $8.3 billion in emergency funding for federal agencies to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

On March 27, 2020, the President also signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This act allocates approximately $2.2 trillion toward mitigating the negative economic, health, and safety impacts of the pandemic. Under the act, funds will be distributed to individuals, families, businesses, public assistance programs, American Indian tribes, and state and local governments.

To carry out public health emergency response activities in response to COVID-19, CDC is awarding $40,000,000 of initial funding to federally recognized tribes that contract or compact with the Indian Health Service under Title I and Title V of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, or consortia of these tribes, or their bona fide agents. All federally recognized tribes, tribal organizations, consortia of federally recognized tribes, or their bona fide agents should apply to be considered for subsequent funding through this announcement to carry out public health emergency response activities in response to COVID-19. This funding and future funding is intended to carry out surveillance, epidemiology, laboratory capacity, infection control, mitigation, communications, and other preparedness and response activities for COVID-19.

Eligibility

Component A: Federally recognized tribes that contract or compact with the Indian Health Service under Title I and Title V of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, or consortia of these tribes, or their bona fide agents;

and

Component B: All federally recognized tribes, tribal organizations, consortia of federally recognized tribes, or their bona fide agents, including Component A applicants.

Applicants under Component A will be funded first using the initial $40 million committed to this funding opportunity; however, applicants under Component B should apply to be eligible for subsequent rounds of funding through this mechanism.

Please note:
A consortia of federally recognized tribes are eligible to apply, but the applying entity must provide a list of consortia members and their contact information. CDC may require approval documentation in the future. A single tribe in the consortium must be the legal applicant, the recipient of the award, and the entity legally responsible for satisfying the grant requirements.

A consortia of federally recognized tribes is defined as partnership between two or more federally recognized Indian tribes that is authorized by the governing bodies of those Indian tribes to apply for and receive assistance agreements. An intertribal consortium must have adequate documentation of the existence of the partnership, and the authorization to apply for and receive assistance.

Timeframe
  • Expected Award Date: 10 calendar days upon receipt of application. Recipients will have up to 60 days to respond and submit applications. Awards will be made on a rolling basis.
  • Budget Period Length: 1 year from award date
  • Project Period Length: 1 year from award date
Funding

An initial total of $40 million to reach all federally recognized tribes that contract or compact with the Indian Health Service under Title I and Title V of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, or consortia of these tribes, or their bona fide agents.

Please Note: All federally recognized tribes, tribal organizations, consortia of federally recognized tribes, or their bona fide agents should apply to be considered for subsequent funding through this announcement to carry out public health emergency response activities in response to COVID-19.

It is not possible to approximate an amount of funding without knowing the actual number of applicants. However, for applicant budget planning and workplan development purposes, the following estimated award floor and ceiling amounts are proposed:

  • Award Floor: $25,000
  • Award Ceiling: $1,500,000

This amount may change depending on the number of applicants for this award. CDC anticipates additional funds that may be added to existing awards without the need for competition.

To expedite distribution of award funds, recipients will receive an initial notice of award (NOA) shortly following the review and approval of their award application. This initial NOA will include a pre-determined base funding amount based on funding formula. CDC anticipates additional funds that may be added to existing awards without the need for competition. Once the application period for the notice of funding opportunity has ended and all applications have been received, recipients will receive a final NOA with the total amount they will be awarded. Recipients will have 60 days from date of award to submit revised work plans and budgets in GrantSolutions as a grant note.

Use

The purpose of this emergency funding is to conduct the following public health activities in response to COVID-19:

  • Emergency operations and coordination — Activities may include, but are not limited to, establishing emergency operations centers, incident management systems, continuity of operations plans, volunteer management, surge staffing and procurement of supplies and equipment
  • Health information technology — Activities may include, but are not limited to supporting data systems necessary to support and focus on COVID-19 surveillance and reporting, population building, patient tracer, etc. It is not intended to support health information technology systems related to the direct healthcare delivery system.
  • Surveillance and epidemiology — Activities may include, but are not limited to, case identification, management and risk assessment of travelers and others with potential COVID-19 exposure, data management, reporting, surge staffing and procurement of supplies and equipment, etc.
  • Laboratory capacity — Activities may include, but are not limited to, procurement of equipment, supplies, shipping, and staffing associated with testing and other laboratory activities
  • Communications — Activities may include, but are not limited to, risk communications guidance and information sharing to tribal members, tribal organizations, responders, clinicians and others, information management, and surge staffing, procurement of supplies, and shipping in support of communications
  • Countermeasures and mitigation — Activities may include, but are not limited to, infection control, quarantine and isolation, management and distribution of medical materiel, coordination with healthcare systems, surge staffing, shipping and procurement of supplies and equipment)
  • Recovery activities — Activities may include, but are not limited to, activities related to restoring tribal communities to pre-event functioning, conduct of after-action reviews, development of improvement plans
  •  Other preparedness and response activities related to COVID-19

Additionally, funding may be used—

  • For the alteration or renovation of non-federally owned facilities to improve preparedness and response capability subject to CDC prior approval
  • To reimburse costs for these purposes incurred on or after January 20, 2020 (CDC prior approval is required)
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Page last reviewed: April 30, 2020