Indian Social Services Welfare Assistance


To provide financial assistance for basic needs for eligible American Indians who reside on or near reservations, including those American Indians living under Bureau of Indian Affairs service area jurisdictions. IA assistance is provided 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
Bureau of Indian Education, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 No Information Available.
Fiscal Year 2017 No Information Available.
Fiscal Year 2018 No Information Available.
Fiscal Year 2020 IA fulfilled its program objectives by issuing about 55 Self Determination and Employment Assistance Awards in FY20
Fiscal Year 2021 In FY21, IA issued 37 new awards and modifications to existing awards to 32 recipients.
Fiscal Year 2022 Awards 20 grants to entities to complete the goals and objectives of the program.
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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 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
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The length of assistance is indefinite, depending on continued need and available resources. Assistance is provided monthly or as needed.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
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
Juanita Mendoza
1849 C Street, N.W.
Bureau of Indian Education, MS 4657-MIB
Washington, DC 20240 US
Phone: 2022083559
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 22$1,363,386.00; FY 23 est $1,543,376.00; FY 24 est $1,500,000.00; FY 21$15,065,032.00; FY 20$23,535,811.00; FY 19$4,533,913.00; FY 18$6,978,256.00; FY 17 FY 16 - Budget Fiscal Year 2024 estimate based on prior year appropriations and expenditures.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range determined upon need.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
25 CFR 20.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 No Information Available.
Fiscal Year 2017 No Information Available.
Fiscal Year 2018 No Information Available.
Fiscal Year 2023 Projects funded will provide Tribes resources to meet the objectives of this program.


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