March 28: 5 Things You Need to Know this Week

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March 28: 5 Things You Need to Know this Week

March 28, 2022


Photo of the Week:"I will always be grateful to NAFOA for helping me and my staff create an office within the IRS that could assist tribal governments with tax administration effectively while respecting the sovereign status of those unique governments." — Christie Jacobs, Director (Retired), Indian Tribal Governments Office, IRS.  Share your favorite NAFOA story and be part of the 40th Anniversary Celebrations!


1. FOR TRIBES: CAPITAL PROJECTS FUND OFFICE HOURS FOR TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS

The Coronavirus Capital Projects Fund (Capital Projects Fund) will address many challenges laid bare by the pandemic, especially in rural America, Tribal communities, and low- and moderate-income communities, helping to ensure that all communities have access to the high-quality modern infrastructure, including broadband, needed to access critical services.

Eligible Uses of Capital Projects Fund Grant Funding
  • Broadband Infrastructure ProjectsMulti-Purpose Community Facility Projects
  • Digital Connectivity Technology Projects
  • Case-by-Case Review

Eligible Jurisdictions & Allocations $100 million in total was allocated for Tribal governments & the State of Hawaii (for Native Hawaiian Programs)Each Tribal government has been allocated $167,504
Treasury is hosting Office Hours every Thursday from 3-4PM ET until the June 1, 2022, submission deadline.

Register to join an office hours session.Office Hours Registration

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GRANTS: RURAL INNOVATION STRONGER ECONOMY GRANTS—APPLY BY APRIL 19

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is soliciting applications for grants that will advance equity in rural America by creating new opportunities in distressed communities. The Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) Grant Program offers funding to create and augment high-wage jobs, accelerate the formation of new businesses, support industry clusters, and maximize the use of local productive assets in eligible low-income rural areas. RISE grant funds can be used to:

Build or support a business incubator facility
Provide worker training to support new job creation
Train the existing workforce to build skills for higher-paying jobs
Develop a base of skilled workers and improve their opportunities to obtain high-wage jobs in new or existing local industries.

Learn More and Apply

3.
FOR YOUTH: 2022 NATIVE YOUTH IN FOOD AND AGRICULTURE LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative is hosting its annual Native Youth in Food and Agriculture Leadership Summit held at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR, July 19 - 26, 2022. This year's Summit will build on previous Summits and include a NEW Policy Leadership Program. The 2022 Summit will be a skills-development-focused event that will give attendees an opportunity to do a deep dive into a particular area of food and agricultural production or policy. These four subject matter areas are:
Agricultural Business and Finance;
Land Stewardship and Conservation;
Agricultural Law and Policy; and
Nutrition and Health.

While at the Summit, experts will lead instruction in each of these areas and participants will have the opportunity to learn skills to apply to a capstone project with a small group of peers. Following the completion of capstone projects, attendees will take part in a three-day student congress experience, which provides insight into the formation of federal agriculture policy that impacts Native farmers and ranchers by modeling a Senate or House agriculture committee.
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4.
TOOLS FOR THE COMMUNITY:IRS FREE FILE: DO YOUR TAXES FOR FREE

Taxpayers whose adjusted gross income was $73K or less in 2021 can use the free online preparation products of IRS Free File in English and Spanish.

IRS Free File lets you prepare and file your federal income tax online using guided tax preparation, at an IRS partner site or Free File Fillable Forms. It's safe, easy and no cost to you for a federal return.

To receive a free federal tax return, you must select an IRS Free File provider from the Browse All Offers page or your Online Lookup Tool results. Once you click your desired IRS Free File provider, you will leave the IRS.gov website and land on the IRS Free File provider’s website. Then, you must create an account at the IRS Free File provider’s website accessed via IRS.gov to prepare and file your return.  Please note that an account created at the same provider’s commercial tax preparation website does NOT work with IRS Free File: you MUST access the provider’s Free File site as instructed above.

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5.
JOBS: YUROK TRIBE IS SEEKING CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Under administrative direction of the Executive Office and Tribal Council, plans, organizes and directs the activities and programs of the Fiscal Department.  Provide expert professional assistance to Yurok Tribe management staff and Council on financial, procurement, risk management including insurance, investments, accounting, relevant policy development, and associated matters.

Learn More and Apply at www.nafoa.org/jobs

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