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Special Programs For The Aging-Title Vi, Part A, Grants To Indian Tribes-Part B, Grants To Native Hawaiians

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Special Programs For The Aging-Title Vi, Part A, Grants To Indian Tribes-Part B, Grants To Native Hawaiians


Federal Agency




Older Americans Act of 1965, Public Law 89-73, as amended; Title VI, Public Law 95-478, 92 Stat. 1513; Public Law 97-115, 95 Stat. 1595; Public Law 98-459, 98 Stat. 1767; Public Law 100-175, 42 U.S.C. 3057; Public Law 100-628; Public Law 102-375; Public Law 106-501.






To promote the delivery of supportive services, including nutrition services, to older Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians and to enable tribal organizations to provide multifaceted systems of support services to family caregivers. Services are comparable to services provided under Title III of the Older Americans Act of 1965, as amended.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants.


Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds are available through grants to eligible Indian Tribal Organizations for services comparable to those provided under Title III. Services must include nutrition services and information and referral, and may include transportation and other services authorized under Title III. Funds may be used for staffing senior centers. Indian Tribes receive funds based on a formula that considers the number of eligible elder Indians sixty years of age or older represented by the tribal organizations with population ranges from 50-100, 101-200, 201-300, 301-400, 401-500, 501 to 1,500, and 1,501+. Grants also are available to private or nonprofit organizations having the capacity to provide services to older Native Hawaiians.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Tribal organizations of Indian tribes eligible for assistance under Section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450b), and public or nonprofit private organizations which serve Native Hawaiian Elders, which represent at least 50 Indians or Hawaiians 60 years of age or older. Applicants must demonstrate that they have the ability to deliver supportive and nutrition services.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Indians who are 60 years of age and older, and in the case of nutrition services, their spouses. Tribes also have the authority to define Indians under 60 years of age as "older Indian" making them eligible for services.


Applicable costs and administrative procedures will be determined in accordance with Part 92 of Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

In order to receive a grant, the eligible tribal organization, or for Native Hawaiians, the nonprofit private organization serving Native Hawaiians, must submit an application in accordance with instructions published in the Federal Register by the Administration on Aging.

Award Procedure

Notification of award will be issued to the grantee.


Established when grant application instructions are issued in the Federal Register. Contact Headquarters Office for further information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Usually within 30 to 60 days.


Appeals are processed in accordance with Administration on Aging regulations in 45 CFR 1326 and 1328.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Although the agency maintains discretion in determining when and how many awards will be made under Title VI, a population based formula application process will be used to actually award funds. The formula is based on the number of elders a tribal organization represents who are 60 years of age or older. The minimum number is 50 elderly Indians or Native Hawaiians. Currently, fund formula categories are: population 50-100: Band 1; population 101-200: Band 2; population 201-300: Band 3; population 301-400: Band 4; population 401-500: Band 5; population 501-1500: Band 6: population 1,500+ Bank 7. There is no matching required.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds for grants are awarded for no less than a 12-month period.


Post Assistance Requirements


Annual program and financial reports are required of grantees.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of State and Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in OMB Circular No. A-133.


Records must be maintained for 3 years after submission of the final expenditure report.


Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) Parts A and B: FY 07 est $26,134,020; FY 08 est $26,134,000; and FY 09 est $26,134,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Grants to Indian Tribes, Part A range from $72,740 to $178,703; average $98,813. Grants to Native Hawaiians, Part B range from $93,720 to $1,689,630; average $891,675.


Program Accomplishments

In fiscal year 2007, grants were awarded to 243 tribal organizations and two Native Hawaiian Organizations for nutrition and supportive services to Native American, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian elders. A similar number of grants are expected to be awarded in fiscal years 2008 and 2009.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

45 CFR 1328. Guidelines are issued by the Assistant Secretary for Aging.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Regional Administrator, Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services Regional Offices (See Appendix IV of the Catalog).

Headquarters Office

Dr. Yvonne Jackson, Director, Office of American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian Programs, Administration on Aging, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC 20201; Telephone: (202) 357-3501. E-mail: Use the same number for FTS.

Web Site Address


Related Programs

93.041, Special Programs For The Aging-Title Vii, Chapter 3-Programs For Prevention Of Elder Abuse, Neglect, And Exploitation
93.042, Special Programs For The Aging-Title Vii, Chapter 2-Long Term CARE Ombudsman Services For Older Individuals
93.043, Special Programs For The Aging-Title Iii, Part D-Disease Prevention And Health Promotion Services
93.044, Special Programs For The Aging-Title Iii, Part B-Grants For Supportive Services And Senior Centers
93.045, Special Programs For The Aging-Title Iii, Part C-Nutrition Services
93.052, National Family Caregiver Support, Title Iii, Part E


Examples of Funded Projects

(1) Supportive and Nutrition Services for Older Indian Persons - Passamaquoddy Tribe, Perry, Maine; (2) Supportive and Nutrition Services to Older Indian Persons -San Carlos Apache Tribe; (3) Supportive and Nutrition Services to Older Indian Persons - Yakima Indian Nation; (4) Supportive and Nutrition Services to Older Indian Persons - St. Croix Tribal Council, Wisconsin; (5) Supportive and Nutrition Services to Older Indians - Ute Mountain Ute Tribe.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Awards are made based upon the extent to which the project meets the requirements of the law and regulations.


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