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Tribal Management Grants Available for Tribes and Tribal Organizations

by Terri Schmidt, Director, Office of Direct Service and Contracting Tribes

The Indian Health Service is currently accepting applications for grants under the Tribal Management Grant Program Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving , a competitive grant for federally recognized tribes and tribal organizations that is administered by the Office of Direct Service and Contracting Tribes

The Tribal Management Grants have been used in a number of ways to develop health management infrastructure, assist tribes and tribal organizations in assuming all or part of existing IHS programs, services and activities, or to assist tribes and tribal organizations to further develop and improve their management capabilities. In past years the grant money has been used to modernize electronic health record systems, improve in-house services to decrease outsourcing and referrals, and enhance data collection.

The program consists of four project types with different funding amounts and project periods, and approximately 14-16 awards are expected to be issued.

Feasibility Study

  • Must include a study of a specific IHS program or segment of a program to determine if tribal management of the program is possible. The study shall present the planned approach, training, and resources required to assume tribal management of the program.
  • Maximum funding of $70,000 for 12 months.


  • Planning projects involve data collection to establish goals and performance measures for health programs operation, or anticipated programs, functions, services, and activities under a Title I contract. Planning projects will specify the design of health programs and the management systems, including appropriate policies and procedures, to accomplish the health priorities of the tribe or tribal organization.
  • Maximum funding of $50,000 for 12 months.

Evaluation Study

  • An evaluation study must include a systematic collection, analysis, and interpretation of data for the purpose of determining the value of a program. The extent of the evaluation study could relate to the goals and objectives, policies and procedures, or programs regarding targeted groups.
  • Maximum funding of $50,000 for 12 months.

Health Management Structure

  • The Health Management Structure component allows for implementation of systems to manage or organize programs, functions, services, and activities. Management structures include health department organizations, health boards, and financial management systems, including systems for accounting, personnel, third-party billing, medical records, and management information systems.
  • Average funding of $100,000 for 12 months.
  • Maximum funding of $300,000 for 36 months.

All applications are due by April 25, 2022. The earliest anticipated start date is June 9, 2022. For more information about the Tribal Management Grants Program, please contact Kenneth Coriz by phone at (301) 443-5668, or by e-mail at

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Terri Schmidt, Director, Office of Direct Service and Contracting Tribes

Terri Schmidt, RN, is the director of the IHS Office of Direct Service and Contracting Tribes. As director, she provides leadership and oversight of tribal health activities authorized under the Indian Health Care Improvement Act for direct service tribes, and serves as the agency's principal liaison to the 574 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes in support of Indian self-determination, as authorized under Title I of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act. Schmidt is Arapaho and a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes.