Q - How many Tribal Nations are there in the United States? A - The National Congress of American Indians says "There are over 570 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 and other types of 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. That means that native nonprofit efforts are often underfunded by 95% in comparison to mainstream nonprofits. Startlingly, Tribal Nations fare even less well. For most folks living in the United States, Tribal Nations and Native Nonprofits remain invisible as recipients of donations or contributions - 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 - call us at 661 348 2926 or email
Grants & Direct Loan Funding Proposals
Federal Direct Loans:For a Federally Recognized Tribe we obtained a $12.7 Million from a USDA Community Facilities direct loan award. The low interest funding was secured on the basis of leveraging the Indirect Costs projections and recoveries that the Tribe could receive from formula and other funding awards to secure financing.
New Funding: We've brought first of its kind funding in for nearly every tribal nation with whom we've worked including, here are a few of the dozens of federal agencies from which we've obtained funding:
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 planned, written, reported upon and maintained HUD IHBG funding ($50K - $700K+ per year) for other tribes.
EPA GAP funding to start a tribe's first environmental work - with an initial award of $75K and an ongoing sustainable annual award amount of $100 - $125K into the future.
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.
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 application.
Maintained Funding: 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. We designed and delivered a three (3) day intensive overview training for new Tribal Leaders that was well received and began a further multi-year relationship.
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. 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 - call 661 348 2926 or email
Sometimes all a client needs is an 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. We provided a thorough criterion checklist and grant outline and other materials, along with personalized coaching, to help our Client write and submit their 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.