Indian Social Services_Welfare Assistance


To provide financial assistance for basic needs of needy eligible American Indians who reside on or near reservations, including those American Indians living under Bureau of Indian Affairs service area jurisdictions, when such assistance is not available from State or local public agencies.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Bureau of Indian Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2009: General assistance is provided to over 41,000 persons on a monthly basis. Indian Child Welfare Assistance is provided to an estimated 3,000 children on a monthly basis and Non-Medical Institutional or Custodial Care is provided monthly to about 1,100 disabled American Indian adults. Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available
Snyder Act of 1921, Public Law 67-85, 42 Stat. 208, 25 U.S.C. 13.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
An American Indian who is a member of a federally recognized Indian Tribe, who resides on or near a federally recognized Indian reservations, who is in need of financial assistance and who meets the eligibility criteria in 25 CFR Part 20.
Beneficiary Eligibility
American Indians who are members of federally recognized Indian Tribes.
Proof of American Indian status, residency, and income/resources available must be provided by applicant. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. A verbal or written request for assistance to the Bureau of Indian Affairs agency or regional representative or designated tribal authority.
Award Procedure
Assistance is provided by the Bureau of Indian Affairs agency or regional office or contracted tribal program.
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Generally within 10 days depending upon applicants needs and the extent of investigation required. Decisions will take no longer than 45 days.
An unsuccessful applicant may appeal a Bureau of Indian Affairs official's decision under the procedures contained in 25 CFR Part 20, Subpart D "Hearings and Appeals" and 25 CFR Part 2 "Appeals from Administrative Actions.".
Contact the headquarters or regional office.
How are proposals selected?
Must be an American Indian residing on or near a reservation as defined in 25 CFR 20 and must be in need as defined in 25 CFR Part 20. All eligible applicants will be funded subject to availability of funds.
How may assistance be used?
Provides cash payments to eligible American Indian individuals and families to meet basic needs (i.e., food, clothing, shelter, etc.). Provides extra monthly benefits to tribal members on general assistance who also work on tribal projects under the Tribal Work Experience Program. Provides monthly assistance for non-medical institutional or custodial care of adults who are not eligible for care from Indian Health Services, Social Security, or any other county, state or Federal program. Provides foster home care and appropriate institutional (non-medical) care for dependent, neglected, and handicapped American Indian children in need of protection. This program also pays the burial expenses of indigent American Indians whose estates do not have sufficient resources to meet funeral expenses and provides emergency assistance to prevent hardship caused by fire, flood or acts of nature.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The length of assistance is indefinite, depending on continued need and available resources. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Assistance is provided monthly or as needed.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Information can be secured from the Agency Superintendents and from Regional Directors (see Catalog Appendix IV for addresses). Applications for general assistance are made at the local agency or tribal level.
Headquarters Office
Deputy Director, Office of Tribal Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1849 C St., NW., MS 320 SIB, Washington, District of Columbia 20245 Phone: (202) 513-7642.
Website Address;
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 09 $63,090,962; FY 10 est $63,090,962; and FY 11 est $63,090,962
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
May range from a few hundred to several hundred dollars monthly depending upon the assistance provided.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
25 CFR 20.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2009: Individual financial assistance (welfare) grant to a single American Indian person or to an American Indian family of eight based upon public assistance standards of the State where recipients reside. Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available


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