Dear USET/USET SPF Family,
On Monday, September 20, 2021 the U.S Department of the Treasury released guidance for Tribal Governments on how to access the Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund. This Fund was established by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (P.L. 117-2) and provides $100 million to be distributed equitably among Tribal Nations and for Native Hawaiian programs. Each Tribal Nation can expect to receive approximately $167,504 for capital projects that will assist with remote work, education, and health monitoring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Treasury is especially focused on using funds for investment in high-speed broadband internet and has partnered with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to further support this effort. Projects focused on broadband infrastructure, digital connectivity technology, and multi-purpose community facilities have been identified in the guidance as being eligible uses for the Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund. Tribal Nations will be required to follow certain reporting requirements, which will be released by Treasury in the coming weeks.
The Capital Projects Fund Application Portal will open for Tribal Governments on October 1, 2021 and can be accessed at treasury.gov/cpf. Tribal Governments should apply for the Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund by June 1, 2022 and must expend received funds by December 31, 2026. Tribal Nations that do not apply by the deadline will forfeit their dollars from the Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund.
Treasury will be hosting a webinar on the application process and details are as follows—
For questions regarding the Fund and application portal, please email CapitalProjectsFund@treasury.gov.
For more information, please contact Brian Howard, USET SPF Senior Policy Analyst, at firstname.lastname@example.org.