HUD – CDBG for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages (2020)

Applications are due February 3, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The CDBG program works to ensure decent affordable housing, to provide services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and to create jobs through the expansion and retention of businesses. There is express language for legal aid.

Helpful resources

  • The Justice in Government Project’s Grants Matrix provides an overview of state-administered federal funds, including CDBG, which can support legal aid and examples of how states have used these funds to advance their goals with legal aid. Read examples and access links to helpful resources in this matrix.
  • Want help making your case? The Justice Index scores and ranks states on their adoption of best practices for ensuring access to justice. Find how well your state is doing here.

Grant information

Funding Title: Community Development Block Grant Program for Indian Tribes and Alaska Native Villages

Agency Name: Department of Housing and Urban Development

Funding Opportunity Number: FR-6300-N-23

Funding Instrument Type: Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid: Yes! According to Chapter 2 of HUD’s Guide to National Objectives and Eligible Activities for State CDBG Programs, legal services are an eligible use of CDBG funds: “Legal services (including walk-in legal counseling, foreclosure mitigation and prevention, landlord/tenant matters, veteran and public benefit appeals, child support orders, reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities, and consumer protection).”

Target Population: Native Americans and tribes

Expected Number of Awards: 120

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: No

Award ceiling: Yes, varies by area. $7,000,000

Award floor: $50,000

Estimated Total Program Funding: $65,000,000

Current Closing Date for Applications: Applications are due February 3, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Eligible Applicants: Native American tribal governments and organizations. Eligible applicants are any Indian tribe, band, group, or nation, including Alaska Indians, Aleuts, and Eskimos, and any Alaska Native village of the United States which is considered an eligible recipient under Title I of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450) or which had been an eligible recipient under the State and Local Fiscal Assistance Act of 1972 (31 U.S.C. 1221). Legal aid organizations that are interested in using this funding to advance their work should contact local tribal governments and organizations for subgranting possibilities.

For more information

Link to Announcement: Link. The opportunity has yet to be posted on HUD’s page of open opportunities. When it is, we will update this link to with the full NOFA.

Contact Information: Contact ONAP Director of Grants Management at

Categories: Express Language for Legal Aid, Housing and Urban Development, Native American, Native American Tribes or Tribal Organizations, Native Americans, Pass-Through Funds/ Block Grants, Subgrant Possibilities

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