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      A majority of grants written by TAT tribal departments are submitted to federal
agencies for possible funding. Federally recognized Indian Tribes are eligible to apply
for federal grants. Grants are federal assistance to individuals, benefits or
entitlements. Grants may also be issued by private non-profit organization such as
foundations, not-for-profit corporations, or charitable trusts. Federally recognized
tribes are eligible for funding and services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA),
either directly or indirectly, or through compacts, contracts or grants.  The US
government officially recognizes more than 500 Indian tribes throughout the lower 48
states and Alaska. Nearly every Indian tribe and urban Indian centers throughout the
United States and Alaska submit proposals to federal agencies for funding. There are
900 grant programs offered by 26 federal grant-making agencies. They include: 
Agriculture, Arts, Business and Commerce, Community Development, Consumer
Protection, Disaster Prevention and Relief, Educational Regional Development,
Employment, Labor, and Training, Energy, Environmental Quality, Food and Nutrition,
Health, Housing, Humanities, Information and Statistics, Law, Justice, and Legal
Services, Natural Resources, Science and Technology, Social Services and Income
Security and Transportation. 

     Award information in federal grants includes:
               1. Estimated funding
               2. expected number of awards
               3. Anticipated award size
               4. Period of Performance 

     Eligibility information includes:
               1. Eligible applicants
               2. Cost sharing.
   Assembling and writing a grant for submission to funding agencies is a daunting
task and starting on it early to meet the deadline is vital to the success of it. Grants
offices in tribal governments and urban Indian centers are an essential and vital
component in their effort to provide services to the native population.

     In order to be successful, the Planning & Grants Department has to establish an
open a line of communication with TAT departments and Contract Offices and
complemented by monthly meetings. The Planning & Grants Department moreover
seeks to obtain and coordinate community zoning grants and to provide technical
assistance as they relate to MHA Nation’s residential and commercial goals. It
further strives to provide assistance in the development and revising the MHA’s
comprehensive Tribal Economic Development Strategy.

      In addition, the Planning & Grants Departmental program includes collecting and
analyzing reservation-based data and statistics with the assistance of TAT departments. The gathered data and statistics are included in the grant proposal
package. The grant agency evaluators and readers based their final decision on the
quality of the gathered data included in the TAT grant proposal package.
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