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Native Asset Building Projects in Oklahoma Grant

Grants to Oklahoma Tribal Governments and Nonprofits
to Help Native Families Establish Emergency Savings

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition (ONAC) and W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Deadline Date:

05/15/17 5:00 PM CST


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Grants averaging $3,500 to Oklahoma tribal governments and nonprofit tribal organizations to help low-income Native families build emergency savings funds. This program is intended to help families open flexible accounts with credit unions and banks to provide a financial buffer in times of income fluctuation or unanticipated and emergency expenses.

Such accounts will promote financial inclusion by providing a mechanism for Native families to connect to mainstream financial services that are safe and affordable. With this funding, you may provide the initial opening account deposit and then the families can grow the accounts over time with their own deposits.

The emergency savings account program funds may be utilized for the initial account deposit money for program participants and other related program costs. While this is not a grant requirement, the family emergency savings accounts may be linked to other asset building programs you already administer such as financial education, entrepreneurship development, elder meal, seed saving, foreclosure prevention and homeownership preparation, matched savings account, credit builder/credit repair, Children’s Savings Account, and free tax preparation assistance.

Emergency savings accounts, for any family, can be a step along the way towards family financial stability and economic mobility. Depending upon the numbers of participants you wish to serve with a family emergency savings account program, you could, for example, provide the initial opening deposit of $50.00 each for 70 accounts or you could fund fewer accounts with more money (as an example of the latter, with a $3,500 project budget, you could fund six family emergency savings accounts at $500.00 each and then use the remaining $500.00 for other program expenses).

Depending upon the participants you serve, you can design your family emergency savings account program to meet local community needs. For this program, ONAC does not require that you make the bank accounts custodial with the name of your tribe or Native nonprofit on the account.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 144560

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The mini grants will average $3,500 each. Some awards may be slightly higher or lower than this average.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is for 9.5 months beginning June 1, 2017 and ending March 14, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include:
-Tribal governments based in Oklahoma;
-Tribal programs based in Oklahoma; or
-Native-led organizations based in Oklahoma (over 50% of the board members must be Native).

If applicants are not a tribal government, 501(c)(3), a 7871, or Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), they must have a fiscal sponsor. The Coalition does not require federal recognition for tribal governments; however, you must have, at a minimum, proof of state recognition.

Pre-Application Information:

The online system automatically closes at 5:00 PM CST and applications not completely submitted by that time will be rejected by the system.

ONAC will send the award notifications by May 31, 2017. A list of awardees will be posted on the ONAC website.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Christy Finsel, Executive Director
(405) 401-7873

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oklahoma