About Tribal Services

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The Tribal Liaison Workgroup works with tribes and tribal organizations to keep these populations informed of opportunities available to them within the Office of Community Services.

The Tribal Workgroup helps tribes receive the following services:

  • Assets for Independence provides grants and training/technical assistance to tribal governments with the goal of implementing and demonstrating the use of matched-savings accounts for low-income families
  • Social Services Block Grants provide tribes with funds to support locally relevant social services to help eliminate poverty
  • The Discretionary Grant Program offers grants to tribes for business start-up or business expansion and the development of new products and services
  • The Strengthening Communities Fund Nonprofit Capacity Building Program will make one-time award of up to $1 million to experienced lead organizations to provide capacity building training, technical assistance and competitive financial assistance to nonprofit organizations
  • The Strengthening Communities Fund State, Local, and Tribal Government Capacity Building Program will make one-time awards of up to $250,000 to state, city, county and tribal government offices or their grantees to better serve those in need and to increase nonprofit organizations’ involvement in the economic recovery
  • Tribal households can benefit from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) on both the state and federal level by applying for benefits, becoming a contractor or administering and delivering the LIHEAP benefits directly to their tribal households


Paige Walden
OCS Tribal Liaison
Office of the Director

Division of Community Discretionary Programs
Tribal Workgroup Representative

Maria Rogers
Division of State Assistance
Tribal Workgroup Representative
202- 690-5453

Dana Kiett
Strengthening Communities Fund/
Compassion Capital Fund
Tribal Workgroup Representative

Assets for Independence
Tribal Workgroup Representative

Rosa Chapman 
Division of Energy Assistance
Tribal Workgroup Representative