National Congress of American Indians announces $1 million grant from

Published on Nov 23, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C. | The National Congress of American Indians is proud to  announce, with support from, the Small Business Stabilization Grant program – a $1 million investment in Indian Country. This new funding is an expansion of a $250k NCAI small business support program, also funded by   

NCAI is issuing business stabilization  grants in the amount of $5,000 each to a total of 170 Native-owned small businesses  that have been severely impacted by the curtailing of commercial activity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Awarded applicants can use the funds to address their most  urgent needs to stabilize and strengthen their businesses, such as (but not limited to): 

• making monthly payments on small business loans that have lapsed due to declining business revenues; 

• keeping employees employed; 

• paying their vendors; and/or

• purchasing equipment/software to transition or grow their businesses online.

“Native-owned small businesses serve as the lifeblood of many tribal communities  across the country,” said NCAI President Fawn Sharp. “These businesses provide critical jobs and income to tribal citizens and their families, while at the same time  enriching the quality of community life by providing goods and services to local  residents and the public at-large. We are humbled by this support from and look forward to continuing to support American Indian and Alaska Native communities with this funding.”

“ is proud to continue supporting NCAI to provide direct relief funding to the  Native small business community,” said Olivia Hoeft, spokesperson and  Google American Indian Network lead. “We're also working with NCAI to provide free  Grow with Google training and support to more than 5,000 Indigenous business owners  in the US to access digital tools and skills needed to grow."

To learn more about and apply for the Small Business Stabilization grant, please visit  Read more about’s support for Indigenous businesses in the U.S. here. 


About the National Congress of American Indians
Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country. NCAI advocates on behalf of tribal governments and communities, promoting strong tribal-federal government-to-government policies, and promoting a better understanding among the general public regarding American Indian and Alaska Native governments, people and rights. For more information, visit

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