Internet Guide for Financial and Technical Assistance

We have compiled a listing of financial and technical assistance resources, which are organized by the categories listed below. These resources are listed with their Internet addresses. For the most current information, visit the web sites listed. This Guide is also available in print as an appendix of the Tourism Toolkit NATHPO publication.

Section 1: Tourism Related (Federal Agencies and others that make grants in tourism)
Section 2: Economic & Social Development
Section 3. Cultural and Historic Preservation and the Arts
Section 4. Human Resources: Advice and Expertise
Section 5. Other Funding Sources
How to Use This Guide:
  • Within each category, federal agencies are listed first, followed by any other organizations and funders.
  • Every resource listed within each section has a brief description of the program and what types of project they fund.
  • For more extensive information, contact the organization using the website or other information provided.
  • Section 1: Tourism Related

    (Federal Agencies and others that make grants in tourism)


    Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

    The landmark Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century provides record levels of investment to continue rebuilding Americaís highways and transit systems, doing so within a balanced budget and without cutting education, Social Security, and other vital Presidential priorities. Creates a $530 million credit assistance program to leverage $10.6 billion for construction projects. Gives states and others greater flexibility in meeting the matching requirements for federal grants.

    FHWA grant types include:

    Bicycle and Pedestrian Paths Program Grants:
    For tribes interested in developing walking and/or biking paths on the reservation. This federal program gives its money to states to distribute. You apply through your state Department of Transportation. The website lists the appropriate state contact people and their phone numbers, and provides a description of what projects are eligible for awards.

    Recreation Trails Programs Grants:
    For tribes interested in developing hiking trails as part of their visitor or resident services on the reservation or connecting the reservation to other communities. You apply for the grants through your state Department of Transportation. The website has a complete list of state contacts and provides a description of what kinds of projects are eligible.



    National Park Service

    Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail

    Challenge Cost Share Grant Program

    This program provides up to $250,000 in matching funds to non-federal organizations (including tribes and tribal organizations) for projects that provide new or enhanced opportunity for protection, interpretation, or recreation at sites or segments on the Lewis and Clark NHT.

    • Deadline for application is January 31, 2003.
    • Maximum amount for each project is $250,000.
    • Tribes receiving 2001 grants included Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold, Confederated Tribes of Umatilla, and the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
    • A 1:1 match of CCS grant funds is required, in cash or in-kind service (staff time, equipment, and supplies, see application for categories)
    • The six-page application form is simple to fill out (by federal grant standards).

    • Application forms are available on the NPS website or call Midori Raymore at (402) 514-9311 for a fax or mail copy.
    • Funds are likely to be released in April or May 2002. All funds must be expended within two years.

    All projects must produce a tangible product that will accomplish at least one of the following:

    • Enhance preservation of a Lewis and Clark historic site, and /or cultural or natural resource associated with the trail.
    • Increase public understanding and appreciation of the Lewis and Clark NHT through historical interpretation or education.
    • Provide appropriate historical research, archeology, or other research involving cultural or natural resources. This includes oral history and American Indian language preservation.
    • Provide planning and implementation of visitor services necessary to successfully commemorate the Bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
    • Enhance public recreational opportunities to retrace the Lewis and Clark Trail.
    • Provide necessary planning and coordination with partnership organizations to accomplish Lewis and Clark NHT objectives, including Bicentennial events.
    • Provide visitor information about the trail to the public in terms of signs, maps, books, computer programs, video, or other media.

    Funds cannot be used for land acquisition. Infrastructure projects must have an unambiguous relationship to the Lewis and Clark Trail. Projects of a national scope and extensive public outreach will receive consideration over projects with less public exposure. The more the project can be tied to the Trail or to the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial, 2003-2006, including the NPS Corp of Discovery II project, the more likely it will be funded. Grants will average $100,000. Grants of $250,000 will be rare.

    For more information (applicants are urged to discuss their project with NPS staff before applying) contact:

Dick Williams or Midori Raymore
National Park Service
Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail
1709 Jackson Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68102
(402) 514-9313


National Transportation Enhancements Clearinghouse

Everything you ever wanted to know about federal transportation funding for community development projects, including bike and pedestrian facilities, scenic and historic land acquisition, rail-trail conversions, historic preservation, landscaping and beautification, scenic and historic highway programs, and more. Lists of projects, state DOT contacts, links, policy, applications. Project database of over 10,000 projects.


Section 2: Economic & Social Development


Rural Development

Rural development offers several grant and loan programs to assist rural and distressed areas create jobs, build businesses, and diversify their economies.

Amounts of grants, eligibility requirements, assistance in creating a successful application and deadlines for application can be found on the Rural Development homepage (listed above) under Hot Links (left top corner of page).

You can also visit their offices and discuss your project with service center personnel for help in finding the right rural development program grant for your project.

The Rural Development grant categories include:

National Forest/Dependent Rural Communities Assistance:
Project grants; use of facilities, property, equipment; training. This assists rural communities and tribes within 100 miles of a National Forest to develop action plans and projects to diversify and improve their economies.

Rural Business Enterprise:
Provides project grants for development of small or emerging private businesses and related employment.

Rural Business Opportunity:
Provides project grants to stimulate the creation of new jobs and to promote revitalization of economically distressed areas.

Rural Economic Development Loans and Grants:
Provides project grants and direct loans to promote rural economic development and job creation projects, including funding for project feasibility studies, start-up costs, and incubator projects.


Office of Native American Programs (ONAP)

The Rural Housing and Economic Development (RHED) Program provides for capacity building at the State and local level for rural housing and economic development and to support innovative housing and economic development activities in rural areas. Funds made available under this program are awarded competitively on an annual basis, through a selection process conducted by HUD in consultation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

RHED grant categories include:
Indian Community Development Block Grant:

This program provides project grants for Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages to develop viable communities, including economic development projects. The program works with your tribal government to add your project to the tribeís planned application or gain tribal sponsorship of your application.

Deadlines differ every year. Last yearís deadline was in early June. Check the website periodically for the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and the 2003 deadline. Look over last yearís NOFA to understand how to put the application together.

The average grant in fiscal year 2001 was $601,000. One example of funded program is a cooperative store development. The application is renewable until project completion, usually within two years.

Rural Housing and Economic Development:
This project provides grants to expand access to economic opportunities in rural areas and expand the supply of affordable housing. Non-profit organizations are eligible as well as Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages.

Deadlines differ every year. Last year the application deadline was in early June. Check the website periodically for the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and the 2003 deadline. Look over last yearís NOFA to understand how to put the application together. The average grant in fiscal year 2001 was $250,000 with a range of $50,000 - $400,000. The application is renewable for up to 3 years.



Economic Development Administration (EDA)

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) was established under the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 3121), as amended, to generate jobs, help retain existing jobs, and stimulate industrial and commercial growth in economically-distressed areas of the United States.  EDA assistance is available to rural and urban areas of the Nation experiencing high unemployment, low income, or other severe economic distress.

EDA grant categories include:

Grants for Public Works and Economic Development Facilities Assistance:
Providing grants for construction and rehabilitation of essential public infrastructure and development facilities necessary to generate private sector jobs and investment. Average investment was $1 million in fiscal year 2001.

Planning Assistance:
Providing grants for Economic Development Districts, Indian Tribes, States and Other Planning Organizations. The average Indian planning investment in FY2001 was $68,800.

Economic Adjustment Assistance:
Providing grants to projects that demonstrate new and proactive approaches to economic competitiveness and innovative capacity for threatened regions and communities. Average grant was $281,000.

Economic Development Representatives for your state can be contacted to get information on FY03 grants and investment assistance deadlines.




Contact Information


Patterson, Gilbert

Tel (404) 730-3000


Trader, Philip

Tel (404) 730-3017

Kentucky, N/Carolina

Hunter, Bobby D

Tel (859) 224-7426

South Carolina

Dixon, Patricia M.

Tel (803) 408-2513


Dennis, Bobby

Tel (404) 730-3020


Taylor, Willie

Tel (404) 730-3032


Reed, Tonia

Tel (404) 730-3026

Arkansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma & North Texas

Spearman, Sam

Tel (501) 324-5637

Louisiana, Texas (South)

Davidson-Ehlers, Pamela

Tel (504) 589-4179

Illinois, Minnesota

Arnold, John

Tel (888)865-5719 (Illinois)
(218)720-5326 (Minnesota)

Ohio, Indiana

Hickey, Robert

Tel (800) 686-2603 (Indiana)
(614) 469-7314 (Ohio)

Michigan, Wisconsin

Peck, John

Tel (231) 938-1712

Colorado, Utah

Zender, John

Tel (303) 844-4902

Iowa, Nebraska

Cecil, Robert

Tel (515) 284-4746

Missouri, Kansas

Hildebrandt, Paul

Tel (573) 442-8084

Montana, Wyoming

Rogers, John

Tel (406) 449-5380

South Dakota, North Dakota

Jungberg, Cip

Tel (605) 226-7315


Richert, Bernhard E. Jr.

550 West 7th Avenue, # 1780,
Anchorage, AK 99501-7594
Tel (907) 271-2272

California (Central)

Sosson, Deena

Tel (916) 498-5285

California (Coastal)

Church, Dianne

Tel (408) 535-5550

Idaho, Nevada

Ames, Aldred

Tel (208) 334-1521 (Idaho)
(888) 693-1370 (Nevada)

Oregon, Caliornia (Northern)

Berblinger, Anne

Tel (503) 326-3078

California (Southern)

Marshall, Wilfred

Tel (310) 348-5386
Kirry, Lloyd
Tel(206) 220-7682


Macias, Jacob (Acting)

Tel (206) 220-7666




Tribal Fish and Wildlife Grants (new in 2003)

Tribal Wildlife Grants, a new program under the Landowner Incentive Program, has a total budget of $4 million for FY02 (carried over) and $4 million for FY03 (in the President's budget). Average award expected to be in the $150,000 - $250,000 range. It is expected that any tribal habitat or riparian restoration project, or any project to protect, maintain or restore endangered or threatened species will qualify. See Federal Register Notice or website in late November for details. No match will be required, though it will be encouraged.

Because the proposed rule is still not out of Interior on its way to OMB, it will be about one to two months before the application period begins. A call for applications is expected to be the month of December. If FY03 budget is approved as it now stands, there will be two cycles of awards totaling $8 million in FY03. The coordinator of this FWS program is Patrick Durham, 202-208-4133 or



Transportation and Community and System Preservation Pilot Program (TCSP)

Tribes are eligible for TCSP grants, a 1999-2003 pilot program to improve transportation, enhance the relationships between transportation and community and encourage private sector-based initiatives.

TCSP grant awards range from less than $100,000 to $1.5 million. Approximately $25 million is available for FY03, depending on appropriation from Congress. The grants are awarded by FHWA or by Congressional designation (earmark). The deadline for application is January 31, 2002.

Grants in 1999-2001 have been awarded for the following: pedestrian and bike access, pedestrian and bike trails, community planning to balance tourism and growth with stability, safety and environmental protection, a civic center plaza, a bridge, mobility improvements, greenways, alternative land use assessment, park infrastructure, traffic mitigation, trolley cars, preservation projects, heritage corridor study, riverfront development, transportation research, a bus barn, waterfront walkways, road realignment, air quality study, geological sign project, community preservation plan, historic rehabilitation, greenbelt beautification, streetscape improvements, courthouse square lobby renovation, discovery trail, chain of trails, park road improvements, among others. Fort Yates received approximately $144,000 in FY00 to design a tribal roads management system. The website provides guidance, answers to frequently asked questions and links to TCSP field contacts.



Administration for Native Americans (ANA)

Training and technical assistance in developing successful ANA project applications in all grant categories is available at no cost to the tribe. To find out contact information on the Training and Technical Assistance available in your area, call the ANA Applicant Help Desk at (202) 690-7776 or toll free at 1(877) 922-9262 for assistance.

The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) has announced the availability of fiscal year 2003 funds in two competitive areas:

Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS)--closing dates are January 17, 2003; and May 2, 2003.

Social and Economic Development Strategies for Alaska Natives (AK-SEDS)--closing date is May 2, 2003.

Eligible Programs under Social and Economic Development Strategies include:

Developing programs or activities to preserve and enhance tribal heritage and culture, establishment or expansion of businesses or jobs in areas such as tourism, and projects designed to strengthen cultural identity and promote community development.

For information, go to or call the ANA Helpdesk, 202-690-7732


National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development

The National Centerís Mission is to develop and expand an American Indian private sector which employs Indian labor, increases the number of tribal and individual Indian businesses, and positively impacts and involves reservation communities, by establishing business relationships between Indian enterprises and private industry.

The National Center may be contacted at:
Scott Gregory, Vice President, Management Consulting Services
953 East Juanita Ave.
Mesa, AZ 85204
Phone: 480-545-1298 ext. 231

The National Centerís grant categories include:

Business Development & Planning:

Business Planning: Construction of business plans for tribal entities & individual Indian owned businesses with accompanying pro forma financial statements

Feasibility Studies: Development of feasibility studies for new tribal ventures or new business endeavors

Land Use Studies: Assist tribal entities with determining the best use for a parcel of land

Strategic Planning: Assist tribes in facilitating strategic planning process, development & implementation of overall strategic plan

Economic Development Planning: Assist tribes with the formation & construction of their economic development plan & Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS)

Business Incubator Development: Formation of business incubator. Development of operating manual/ policies & procedures document and business plan

Tourism: Development & implementation of tourism strategy

(Marketing) Plan Development: Assist clients with the 5 P's approach of marketing. Development of marketing plan

(Marketing) Procurement: Assist clients with bid matching & contract procurement


Information Technology (IT) Plan: Assist tribes in needs assessment and development of IT plan

Computer Technology: Analysis, set-up & training on internal computer systems

(Entrepreneurial) Training: Training of tribal members on various aspects of business ownership

(Research) Studies: Conduct various types of business & economic research studies relative to reservation economies

Operational Functions:

Housing: Assist tribal housing authorities with grant writing, policies & procedures, strategic planning & business plan development

Health Care: Assist clients in setting up new health care facilities or analyzing existing operations. Includes hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Due Diligence: Assist tribes with due diligence in assessing qualifications of outside entities

Database Application: Design, construct & implement database design for clients

Grants Proposals & Certification Prep.: Assist tribes in writing proposals and grants including tribal 638 BIA & IHS programs.  Assist Indian businesses in preparing certifications such as SBA 8(a) & SDB application.

Event Management: Assist tribes, government agencies, and other Indian specific organizations in planning, coordinating & marketing their event


Section 3: Cultural and Historic Preservation and the Arts


The NEA awards grants to organizations who invest in Americaís living cultural heritage, including dance and dance presentation, design (architecture, landscape architecture, planning, product design, graphic design, clothing design, interior design), folk and traditional arts, literature, local arts agencies, media arts, multidisciplinary projects, museums and music and music presentation. Tribes are eligible for all NEA grants, and they are encouraged to apply and to employ tribal artists, writers, designers, craftsmen dancers and others to assist in the implementation of NEA funded projects. The website has several years of grant project descriptions.

NEA/USDA Forest Service Arts

Type of Grant:  Community Assistance
Deadline: Varies
Award Date: Varies
Amount: $5,000 - $25,000
Go to the website or call Tony Tighe, 202-682-5616, for details.

Description: Supports projects for (1) economic development and the arts; (2) community development and the arts; and (3) community heritage and the arts. Two regions of the Forest Service are selected each year for this program. Tribes and tribal non-profits NEAR National Forest are eligible.

All grants in the following categories require 1:1 match (cash or in-kind). Though the maximum is $150,000, grants for over $100,000 are rare and over one-half of NEA grants in the last few years have been for $25,000 or less. Deadline and award dates are guesstimates based on FY 02. Check website periodically for deadlines of grant(s) you want to apply for.

Type of Grant:  Creativity
Deadline: March
Award Date: January
Amount: $5,000 - $150,000

Description: Creation and presentation of artistic work, development of professional artists, training programs, public presentation, exhibition, performance.

Type of Grant:  Access to the Arts
Deadline: August
Award Date: June
Amount: $5,000 - $150,000

Description: Exhibitions, performances, distribution of artistic work and other activities that provide public access in arts spaces, community centers, schools, senior centers, parks; touring exhibits to rural, state-wide or multi-state areas; outreach projects to reach new audiences; innovative use of technology to increase access; adult and intergenerational educational activities.

Type of Grant:  Heritage/Preservation of Cultural Heritage
Deadline: August
Award Date: June
Amount: $5,000 - $150,000

Description: Festivals, exhibits, publications/anthologies that reflect and increase public appreciation for diverse cultural traditions; apprenticeship programs; documentation, recording or conservation of highly significant works of art, artifacts, collections of art, or of cultural traditions and practices.



NEH grant programs and deadlines for 2002 and 2003 are listed below. To obtain application materials, click HERE (to this page on the NEH website) and then click on the name of the grant program.

Links to the forms you will need to complete an application are noted at the beginning of each guideline. In order to download all of the necessary materials, you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your machine. It is available free on the NEH website. Applications can also be mailed to you. Call (202)606-8269 for hardcopies of application materials.

Anyone interested in applying for a NEH grant should contact NEH staff as soon as possible by e-mail at or by calling (202) 606-8269 to discuss the proposed project. NEH Program officers are available to offer advice, give you inside information and can also supply samples of funded applications to make the application process to increase your odds for success. NEH staff will also review and critique preliminary proposal drafts if received well before the application deadline. NEH is anxious to receive more applications from tribes and tribal non-profits. They will try to help you navigate their rigorous process.


2003 Grant Programs


Receipt Deadline

Projects Beginning

Challenge Grants

May 1, 2003

February 2004

Challenge Grants

November 3, 2003

June 2004

Challenge Grants: Special Initiative for Local History

February 3, 2003

September 2003

Challenge Grants: Special Initiative for Local History

May 1, 2003

January 2004

Collaborative Research

September 1, 2003

July 1, 2004

Consultation Grants for Libraries, Museums, or Special Projects

April 7, 2003

September 2003

Consultation Grants for Libraries, Museums, or Special Projects

September 16, 2003

May 2004

Faculty Research Awards for Historically Black, Hispanic-Serving, and Tribal Colleges and Universities

Spring 2003

January 2004


May 1, 2003

February 2004

Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

September 1, 2003

September 2004

Humanities Focus Grants

April 15, 2003

September 2003

Institutional Grants for Historically Black, Hispanic-Serving, and Tribal College and Universities

June 1, 2003

January 2004

Media Consultation Grants

April 7, 2003

January 2004

Planning Grants for Museums, Libraries, and Special Projects

September 16, 2003

May 2004

Preservation Assistance Grants

May 15, 2003

January 2004

Preservation Education and Training

July 1, 2003

January 2004

Preserving and Creating Access to Humanities Collections

July 15, 2003

May 2004

Public Programs for Libraries, Museums or Special Projects (Implementation)

February 3, 2003

September 2004

Reference Materials

July 15, 2003

May 2004

Research and Demonstration Projects

July 1, 2003

January 2004

Research and Demonstration Projects

October 1, 2003

July 2004

Scholarly Editions

September 1, 2003

July 1, 2004

Schools for a New Millennium

October 1, 2003

May 2004

Stabilization of Humanities Collections

October 1, 2003

July 2004

Summer Seminars and Institutes

March 1, 2003

Summer 2004

Summer Stipends

October 1, 2003

March 2004

United States Newspaper Program

July 1, 2003

January 2004



Administration for Native Americans (ANA)

 Training and technical assistance in developing successful ANA project applications in all grant categories is available at no cost to the tribe. To find out contact information on the Training and Technical Assistance available in your area, call the ANA Applicant Help Desk at (202) 690-7776 or toll free at 1(877) 922-9262 for assistance.

ANA awards Native Language Grants. ANA Native Language program grants will be offered soon but have not been officially announced in the Federal Register yet. Itís expected that the announcement will be in November with an application deadline of April 2003.

Two million is available in two categories of Native Language Grants. Category I is for 12 month planning grants up to $60,000. Category II is for one year (of an expected three year) project implementation for language programs and each award in the implementation category is up to $150,000. A 20% match of project cost is required, cash or in-kind. The FY02 deadline was in April for projects beginning at the end of September.



IMLS is an independent, grant-making agency fostering leadership, innovation and lifetime learning by supporting U.S. museums and libraries. Tribes and tribal non-profits operating cultural facilities or maintaining archives and libraries are encouraged to apply for IMLS grants.

Eligible museums include aquariums, arboreta and botanical gardens, youth museums, general museums

IMLS grant deadlines are postmark dates that remain the same from year to year.

Unless otherwise noted, all IMLS deadline and announcement dates are in 2003. Awards are generally announced in the middle of the month noted below.

Museum Grants


Awards Announced

Conservation Project Support

October 15, 2002


Museum Assessment Program

December 1, 2002


Conservation Assessment Program

December 1, 2002


Learning Opportunity Grants

January 15


National Award for Museum Service


Nomination E-Mails Due:

January 8, 2002


Application Forms Due:

February 15, 2002

Fall 2002

National Leadership Grants for Museums

Museums On-Line

March 1


Museums in the Community

March 1


Professional Practices

March 1


Library-Museum Collaborations

April 1



Library Grants


Awards Announced

National Leadership Grants for Libraries

Education and Training

February 1


Research and Demonstration

February 1


Preservation or Digitization

February 1


Library-Museum Collaborations

April 1


National Award for Library Service

February 15, 2002

Fall 2002

Native American Library Services

Basic Grants

March 1


Professional Assistance Grants

March 1


Enhancement Grants

May 1



Section 4: Human Resources -
Advice and Expertise

The following people have agreed to be part of a tourism resource network for tribes. Each volunteer was asked to advise on one or two subjects. Please contact them with your questions by e-mail if you can, or by phone if you do not have access to e-mail. If you would like to volunteer to be a tourism resource to tribes, please contact the National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers.

International and National Travel Trade Shows & Group Tour Itinerary Development: Jeanne Westphal, Arizona Indian Tourism,, (602) 248-1512

Interpretative Planning and Tourism Development Assistance: Daniel Matson, USDA Forest Service Enterprise Unit,, (509) 680-0485

Scenic Byways and Transportation Enhancements: Ed Hall III, BIA Transportation & Tourism Specialist,, (202) 219-0952

Hospitality & Tourism Education and Training: Tom Hamill,, (907) 265-5926

Tribal Historic Preservation and Tribal Museums: D. Bambi Kraus, National Association of THPOs,, (202) 454-5664

Indian Arts and Crafts Promotion: Meredith Stanton, Indian Arts and Crafts Board,, (202) 208-3773

Tourism Marketing and Relationships with State Tourism Offices: Jana Prewitt, Seventh Generation Strategies,, (703) 799-7845

International Group Tours and Receptive Operators: Ben Sherman, Western Indian Chamber,, (303) 620-9292

Fundraising: Tom Hutchinson,, (920) 469-1325

Education and Youth Training: Robert Cook,, (605) 473-0561

Senior Tourism, Elderhostels: Kathleen Leitgeb,, (907) 473-0561

German Market: Elizabeth Powell,

Section 5: Other Funding Sources

National Directory of Foundation Grants for Native Americans
By Phyllis A. Meiners, 205 pages, $99.95

Corporate and Foundation Manual for Native Americans
By Hillary H. Tunatz and Phyllis A. Meiners

  • Both of these books are available through: (816) 361-2059
  • CRC Publishing Co, Eagle Rock Books, Kansas City, MO

Americaís New Foundations 1999
Profiles 3000 foundations created since 1988
The Taft Group (800) 877-8238