Information on Funding for Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) for Native Americans and Tribes

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Indoor Environments Division (IED) Tribal Team is sharing the following information and funding sources in the hopes that tribes find it useful in improving the health of their homes and communities.

Benefits.gov Benefits.gov is a well-organized, functional and user-friendly tool operated by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The site offers information on a variety of benefits and assistance programs for Native Americans and other audiences. To identify benefits specific to Native Americans, use the Benefit Finder or search the categories in the What Type of Benefits Are You Looking For? section of the home page. The American Indian and Alaska Native category has links to 39 benefit programs. Other potential benefits available to Native Americans can be found in other categories (e.g., Family and Children Services, Housing and Public Utilities). For some benefits programs, you can opt-in to receive email updates; some emails include a Key Dates box with application deadlines.
Native American Crosscut The Native American Crosscut summarizes all federal funding for programs serving tribes and Native American communities. For fiscal year 2018, Congress approved a total of $22 billion in federal funding for Native Americans. The Crosscut is published annually by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI). The Crosscut data are collected from the federal agencies by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) within the Executive Office of the President. The President’s proposed fiscal year 2020 budget was released to Congress on March 11, 2019. The annual update to the Crosscut is published following the release of the President’s budget.
National Tribal Air Association Stay informed on matters related to air and indoor air quality by subscribing to your choice of several newsletters from the National Tribal Air Association (NTAA), including NTAA Weekly Update, or by attending NTAA’s IAQ Work Group, which meets monthly. Listen to the audio recording from the recent NTAA webinar, Policy Tools to Improve Indoor Air Quality in Tribal Homes.
Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals Northern Arizona University’s Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) provides training and resources for indoor air quality in tribal communities. Stay informed by subscribing to ITEP’s Indoor Air Quality Training & News newsletter. Tribes can also now apply for Volkswagen (VW) Settlement funding. ITEP has been identified as the technical assistance provider for tribes in the VW Settlement Trust Agreement, helping tribes gain access to the settlement funds available to replace or modify tribes’ diesel vehicles and equipment.
Tribal Healthy Homes Network The Tribal Healthy Homes Network (THHN) has additional resources on IAQ available to tribes, including more information on funding sources at their Tribal Guide to IAQ Funding page.