With funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is offering a funding opportunity to federally recognized Tribes, Tribal schools, Area Indian Health Boards, and Tribal Epidemiology Centers seeking resources to provide a safe environment for students to attend in-person classes during the 2022-2023 school year. This funding is intended to fulfill the immediate to help students and staff protect themselves while attending in-person school.


To be considered eligible for this funding opportunity, applicants must be an official Tribal entity defined as a federally recognized Tribal government, Tribal organization, or inter-Tribal consortium defined in the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act as amended.

This includes:

  • Federally recognized Tribes
  • Tribally owned and operated schools
  • Area Indian Health Boards (AIHBs)
  • Tribal Epidemiology Centers (TECs)


Awards will be for up to 40 Tribes and Tribal organizations between $5,000- $15,000.


Funds can be used for costs associated with reducing the spread of COVID-19 in Tribal schools and may be used to develop and implement endemic plans to help ensure students remain safe during in-person classes.

Examples include (but are not limited to):

  • Purchasing N-95 masks and other supplies to prevent and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Tribal schools
  • Purchasing supplies for a vaccination event
  • Purchasing and installing computer software for the school clinic to record vaccination (e.g., to serve as a data sharing)
  • Turning rooms within facilities into isolation rooms
  • Marketing and education material for COVID-19 prevention, vaccination, and booster promotion in Tribal Schools and communities

NIHB will also provide the awardees Act of Love kits, which contain a beautifully designed mask that can be placed over an N-95 mask, hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial wipes, postcards, and stickers.



Completed applications are due to NIHB via email by 11:59 PM ET on Wednesday, October 5, 2022.