2019 USDA Community Facilities TAT Grant


Tribal Community Facilities

Technical Assistance and Training

Program: Facilitating Long-term

Substance Abuse Prevention and


Program Background


Nalwoodi Denzhone Community (NDC) currently operates “Nnee Nalwoodi (Strong Apache) Life Center” using the 90-acre Dripping Springs property, owned by the Tribe, in the Gilson Wash District of San Carlos Reservation as a “transition center” for struggling youth. This will become a place of transformation in body, soul, mind, and spirit through reconnection to earth’s Creator by means of education, farming, gardening, animal husbandry, art, and inspiration in a way that is reproducible and sustainable.

This grant will be used to assist with the development of the Nnee Nalwoodi Life Center. In addition, the project team will also help the tribal communities in identifying and planning for additional community needs. Meanwhile, we will identify resources to finance the community facility needs from both public and private sources, prepare reports and surveys necessary for funding requests/applications. 

This grant will also help to improve the management of the community facilities. The program is also open to all Federally Recognized Tribe in Arizona (Arizona has 22 Federally Recognized Tribes).

Program objectives

The Overarching Goal of this proposed program is to encourage rural tribal communities to build robust and sustainable economies through strategic investments in community facilities, infrastructure, partnerships, and innovation.

To achieve the overarching goal, this program intends to address the following objectives/purposes in San Carlos Apache Reservation as well as other tribal communities in Arizona:

Objective 1: Assist low-income tribal communities in identifying and planning for community facility needs. The project team will facilitate community strategic planning meetings and brainstorm the community facilities’ needs with community leaders and local stakeholders. Based on the outcome of the planning efforts, the project team will develop a facility development plan to document the community needs. After the needs are identified, the project team will help the community evaluate the feasibility, prioritize the needs, define the facility development scope, and estimate the probable costs to develop these facilities.

Objective 2: Identify funding to finance community needs from public and private sources such as USDA and other Federal Agencies, State Agencies, Foundations, and commercial credit. Based on the scope and cost of the community facility needs, the project team will help identify the possible funding sources to meet these needs.

Objective 3: Increase the participation of historically underserved communities in Federal financial assistance programs including grants and loans. Prepare reports and surveys necessary to request financial assistance to develop community facilities such as preliminary architectural reports and financial feasibility reports. The project team will assist low-income rural communities in preparing grants/loan applications for financial assistance.

Objective 4: Improve the management, including financial management, related to the operation of community facilities. The project team will help manage the grant or loan programs related to the community facilities development and operation.

Objective 5: Advocate Native American culture, tradition, and language in the process of community facilities development.

Objective 6: Provide technical assistance and/or training to assist with other areas of need identified by the Secretary of Agriculture.