The OCS Tribal Services Workgroup works with tribes and tribal organizations to keep these populations informed of opportunities available to them within the Office of Community Services.
- Assets for Independence (AFI) program is authorized to award grants to tribal governments that apply jointly with a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status. AFI-funded projects provide individual development accounts (IDAs) and related services to low-income individuals. Participants’ savings are matched by the project and the combined funds are used to purchase an allowable asset: a first home, a business, or post-secondary education or training.
- Community Services Block Grants (CSBG) provides funds to tribes and tribal organizations to support services and activities for low-income individuals and families that alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities. Activities and services address: employment, education, housing, nutrition, emergency services, substance abuse, energy, and health care services.
- Community Economic Development (CED) program offers grants to tribes for business start-up or business expansion and the development of new products and services.
- Rural Community Development (RCD) program works with regional and tribal organizations to manage safe water systems in rural communities.
- 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.
The Tribal Workgroup helps tribes access these OCS programs: