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RFA: UIHI Offers Grant Opportunities, $615,310 Available in Funds

Grant Opportunities

We have released our request for applications for our 2021–2022 Community Grants Program! This year we are offering two types of funding opportunities—at least six Sage grants ($90,000–$95,885) and up to four Sweetgrass grants ($10,000)—to address chronic disease education, prevention, and management in the urban American Indian and Alaska Native population.
To be eligible for funding under our Sage and Sweetgrass grants, the applying organization must be:

  • An Urban Indian Organization (UIO)—a Title V program as defined by the Indian Health Service;
  • A member of the National Urban Indian Family Coalition (NUIFC);
  • An urban Indian organization and/or program receiving SASP/DVP formerly, MSPI/DVPI funding, as defined by the Indian Health Service; or
  • A not-for-profit urban Indian organization whose leadership and board are made up of a majority of urban Indians, and whose mission is to provide public health services to urban Indians may be eligible to apply on a case-by-case basis.

To help you prepare your application, we hosted a pre-application webinar on Monday, July 12, 2021. The webinar covered the program, the application process, and addressed other questions from applicants. If you missed it or want to rewatch it, you can check it out below!

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Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program

Grant Opportunities

NTIA issues this NOFO to describe the requirements under which it will award grants for the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program, authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Division N, Title IX, Section 905(c), Public Law 116-260, 134 Stat. 1182 (Dec. 27, 2020) (Act). The Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program provides new federal funding for grants to eligible entities to expand access to and adoption of: (i) broadband service on Tribal Land; or (ii) for programs that promote the use of broadband to access remote learning, telework, or telehealth resources during the COVID–19 pandemic.

Applications Due: September 1, 2021

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NWTEC Success Story: 2020 Trans and Gender-Affirming Care Strategic Vision and Action Plan

Success Stories, TEC News
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Over the past year, the Paths (Re)Membered Project has worked on a variety of projects to support the health of Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ (2SLGBTQ+) people. (We use Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ or 2SLGBTQ+ throughout this briefing to refer to individuals who identify as gender-diverse (not cisgender) or have a minority sexual orientation.) Paths (Re)Membered activities have included founding a Trans & Gender-Affirming Care ECHO, publishing monthly podcasts and blog posts, hosting regular community events and trainings for staff and partners, working with northwest tribes to build capacity for affirming environments in clinics and community spaces, and completing a 2SLGBTQ+ Pride and Connectedness Online Survey.

In January of 2020, NPAIHB Delegates approved the resolution “Support for Quality Care and Improved Health Outcomes for Two Spirit and LGBTQ+ People.” In response, the NPAIHB Paths (Re)Membered Program founded the Native Advocacy Workgroup for Trans Health and worked with them to collectively create a Strategic Vision and Action Plan focused on Trans & Gender-Affirming Care in Indian Health Service, Tribal and Urban Clinics (I/T/U).

In its role creating the Strategic Vision and Action Plan, NPAIHB listened and consulted with stakeholders including 2SLGBTQ+ community members, healthcare providers, policymakers, and community and program leaders. This strategic plan supports the I/T/U clinics as they begin to provide gender-affirming care to their patients by emphasizing the following four goals:

  1. Develop and pass protective policies at the federal, tribal, and local levels;
  2. Ensure affirming clinical environments for gender-diverse patients;
  3. Ensure best practice care for Indigenous gender-diverse patients; and
  4. Improve I/T/U health systems support for initiatives focused on the wellness of gender-diverse community members.

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For more information about the Strategic Vision and Action Plan or to learn more about the NPAIHB Paths (Re)Membered Program, please contact Morgan at mthomas@npaihb.org or 850-748-3458.


The dissemination of this strategic plan will guide I/T/U clinics, ensuring they have the strategies and support they need to fully implement these guidelines and to offer 2SLGBTQ+ clients a welcoming space and the care they need to be healthy. It will further guide policy and tribal leaders as they work to ensure programs and policies developed in Indian Country are affirming for 2SLGBTQ+ clients and community members.

Jessica Leston (Tsimshian), she/her/hers, Clinical Programs Manager
Itai Jeffries (Yèsah/Occaneechi), they/them/ya’ll, co-Manager Paths (Re)Membered
Morgan Thomas, they/them, co-Manager Paths (Re)Membered