Padilla Announces Over $13 Million in COVID-19 Relief for California Tribes

12 grants funded by the American Rescue Plan awarded to CA Tribes

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.), announced that over $13 million was awarded through a dozen grants to help Tribal governments throughout California respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. These Indian Community Development Block Grants are funded by the American Rescue Plan that Senator Padilla voted to pass in the Senate and President Biden signed into law earlier this year. Additional details on the 12 grants awarded to Tribal governments in California are available here

“I’m proud that the American Rescue Plan continues to deliver resources for Tribal communities who have been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Senator Padilla said. “This funding will bring needed relief by assisting Tribal governments with carrying out urgent health and safety improvements to respond to the pandemic and their communities’ needs.  These grants will support Tribal Nations across California as they create needed health care facilities, rehabilitate and develop new housing, and train emergency responders and health care workers.” 

The grant recipients in California are: 

Blue Lake Rancheria
Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians
Hoopa Valley Tribe Karuk Tribe
Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Tribe
Mesa Grande Indian Housing Authority
Northern Circle Indian Housing Authority, Manchester Band of Pomo Indians
Northern Circle Indian Housing Authority, Guidiville Indian Rancheria
Northern Circle Indian Housing Authority, Sherwood Valley Rancheria Robinson Rancheria Citizens Business Council
Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians
Yurok Indian Housing Authority 

The American Rescue Plan requires that these grant funds be used for emergencies that constitute imminent threats to health and safety and are designed to prevent, prepare for, or respond to COVID-19. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Public and Indian Housing program is funding 68 of these awards to Indian tribes and Tribal organizations across the country, totaling $73,941,406. This is the first phase of Indian Community Development Block Grants funded by the American Rescue Plan. Applications will be considered and awarded in three phases.  

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