Q - How many Tribal Nations are there in the United States? A - The National Congress of American Indians says "There are 562 federally recognized Indian tribes, bands, nations, pueblos, rancherias, communities and Native villages in the United States. Approximately 229 of these are located in Alaska; the rest are located in 33 other states." There are also many other 'state recognized' but not federally recognized Tribal Nations who often provide for their communities using a 501 (c) (3) organization. Though both types of entities are tribes - they have differing levels of eligibility for federal funding.
Q - Can Lord & Associates provide services to both federally recognized and state recognized Tribes? A - Yes
Q - What's the difference between a Native Nonprofit and a Mainstream Nonprofit? A - From a fundraising and development perspective while both entities are tax-exempt nonprofit entities Native Nonprofits generally receive around 5 cents for every $1 that a mainstream nonprofit can expect to receive in foundation grant funding awards. Startlingly, Tribal Nations fare even less well. For most folks living in the United States, Tribal Nations and Native Nonprofits remain invisible - and so therefore un- or under-funded.
Q - How has Lord & Associates' work helped individual Tribes get Federal Grants or Direct Loans? A - Here are a few examples, for more info give us a call at 661 348 2926 or send us an email
Grants & Direct Loan Funding Proposals
We do more than write proposals - we plan, create & implement innovative programming and funding strategies and then write to justify the funding into communities.
Federal Direct Loans:For instance, for a Federally Recognized Tribe we brought in $12.7 Million from a USDA Community Facilities direct loan award. This very low interest funding was secured on the basis of leveraging the Indirect Costs projections and recoveries that the Tribe was and would receive from formula and other funding awards - thereby providing essentially an low or no-cost (to tribal general funds) model of securing the financing.
New Funding: We've brought first of its kind funding in for nearly every tribal nation with whom we've worked including:
Example Tribe 1 - HUD Indian Housing Block Grant ($50K/yr) funds into a tribe that had been denied that funding for 13 years prior to working with us - and now will receive this sustainable funding every year moving forward. We've also maintained HUD IHBG funding at the $700K+ level of annual awards for another tribe.
Example Tribe 2 - EPA GAP funding to start a tribe's first environmental work - with an initial award of $75K and eligibility for an ongoing sustainable annual award amount of $100 - $125K into the future.
Example Tribe 3 - DHHS Child Care Development Fund funding based on strong negotiations with the state and federal DHHS offices we were able to understand and leverage the formula for this funding into an award that maintains over $150K in annual funding for a tribe that had never received this funding before their work with us.
Example Tribe 4 - USDA Community Facilities Direct Loan - A direct loan of $650K+ allowed for culturally significant lands to be freed of encumbrances - and placed into the tribe's Lands-In-Trust.
Maintained Funding: We have experience writing and successfully negotiating PL 93-638 contracts for BIA and for IHS funding; and maintaining funding from dozens of other federal agencies.
Q - How has Lord & Associates' work helped individual Tribes with Trainings for Tribal Leaders or Professional Development for Tribal Staff? A - Here are a few examples:
Training for Tribal Leaders & Staff
New Tribal Leaders often want or need an overview of what their fiscal and regulatory responsibilities & opportunities are in managing federal funding awards - we have the training experience to provide that education customized to the community's unique priorities. For instance, for another Federally Recognized Tribe we designed and delivered a three (3) day intensive overview training for new Tribal Leaders that was so well received that it began a further multi-year relationship including later leading their grants administration office and further training tribal members in grants administration best practices in their roles as tribal employees.
New Tribal department directors often need an overview of how to efficiently map and meet their reporting, budgeting and project management responsibilities in order to successfully implement, close out or leverage new federal funding into their communities. For instance, for yet another Federally Recognized Tribe we implemented a Tribal Development Office and over the course of 3+ years trained 5 tribal member employees in federal grants administration - due to our relationships outside the tribe, and upon the recommendation of our Principal Consultant, 2 of those 5 tribal members went on to be accepted into a Masters of Science program in Community Economic Development. One of the tribal members trained by Lord & Associates later became a Tribal Administrator, another of the tribal members we trained later worked for a tribal Planning office. The commitment to strengthening tribal capacities in-house so that tribal members can best meet tribal needs - is a core value of our work in everything we do.
Q - How has Lord & Associates' work helped individual Tribes with Coaching? A - Here are a few examples, for more info give us a call at 661 348 2926 or send us an email
Sometimes all a Tribe needs is that extra set of experienced eyes to help guide a proposal's development and to suggest ways to improve its fundability - our Coaching services are an economical way to improve the likelihood of funding while teaching best practices to build staff capacity in-house. For instance, for a 4th Federally Recognized Tribe, with tribal leadership that encouraged tribal member professional development, we provided a thorough criterion checklist and grant outline and other materials, along with personalized coaching, to help the Tribe write and submit its own funding proposal. Based on over a decade's experience as federal grant reviewers - we bring a practical set of guidance that can help build the capacity of tribal leadership or staff to efficiently identify the points that your funder is most concerned with accomplishing and then bridging those priorities into the needs of your community.