Indian Self-Determination Contract Support

To provide funds to Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and to tribal organizations to fund some or all of the indirect costs incurred in administering Federal programs for which direct appropriations are made to the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - Applications may be filed with the local Bureau of Indian Affairs agency or regional office as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Rappahannock Tribe $ 886,659   2018-01-282021-12-31
Monacan Indian Nation $ 1,071,518   2018-01-292021-12-31
Chickahominy Indian Tribe $ 908,591   2018-01-292021-12-31
Chickahominy Indian Tribe - Eastern Division $ 961,756   2018-01-292021-12-31
Houlton Band Of Maliseet Indians $ 649,937   2014-10-012021-09-30
Nansemond Indian Tribe $ 950,454   2018-01-292021-09-30
Upper Mattaponi Indian Tribe $ 990,309   2018-01-292021-09-30
Houlton Band Of Maliseet Indians $ 998,176   2021-09-30
Penobscot Indian Nation $ 1,396,788   2018-10-012021-09-30
Penobscot Indian Nation $ 417,884   2018-10-012021-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Annually, approximately 500 Indian Federally Recognized Indian tribal Governments and tribal organizations receive support to fund the overhead costs associated with the administration of programs funded by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used in accordance with indirect cost rate proposals which have been approved by the cognizant Federal agency or for lump sum administrative cost rates negotiated with the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and tribal organizations authorized by Indian Tribal Governments.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments.


Federal approval of indirect cost rate.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Initial applications must contain the information specified in 25 CFR Part 900, Subpart C, "Contract Proposal Contents." Completed applications should be submitted to the local Bureau of Indian Affairs agency or regional office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Award Procedures

Awards for new or expanded contracts will be awarded based upon the start date of the underlying program award, and the application date, on a first-come-first-served basis. Additional information concerning fiscal year 2002 awards will be published in 2002 as a Notice in the Federal Register.




Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law 93-638, as amended, 25 U.S.C. 450 et seq.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Applications will be processed within 90 days.


An unsuccessful applicant may request an informal conference with the deciding official, or may appeal the denial of the application to the Interior Board of Indian Appeals, or may bring suit in U.S. District Court. Full appeal procedures are found in 25 CFR Part 900.


Awards may be renewed indefinitely upon satisfactory performance by the contractor/grantee. A notice of intent to renew should be submitted at least 90 days prior to the expiration of the current award. The amount of the award may be adjusted as a result of a changed indirect cost rate or as a result of pro-rata reductions due to insufficient appropriations to cover all eligible awards.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards are made on an annual basis and the funds remain available until expended by the contractor/grantee. Payments for renewals will generally be made in two increments: 70 percent soon after the start date of the award, and the balance during the fourth quarter of the fiscal year.

Post Assistance Requirements


Financial status reports, SF 269A, are required.


For awards made under this program grantees/contractors are responsible for obtaining audits in accordance with the Single Audit Act Amendments of 1996 (31 U.S.C. 7501et. seq.).


Financial records must be retained for 3 years from the date of submission of the single audit report. Procurement records must be retained for 3 years from the date of final payment. Property records must be retained for 3 years from the date of disposition, replacement, or transfer. Records pertaining to any litigation, audit exceptions or claims must be retained until the dispute has been resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Total Amount of the Awards) FY 07 $143,628,000; FY 08 est $149,628,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$10,000 to $8,000,000; $190,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

25 CFR Part 900; OMB Circular No. A-87, "Cost Principles for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments."

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Applications may be filed with the local Bureau of Indian Affairs agency or regional office as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Deputy Director, Office of Tribal Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1849 C Street, NW, MS 320 SIB, Washington, DC 20240. Telephone: (202) 513-7640. Use the same number for FTS.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

All renewal awards will be funded; the amount of the awards is subject to the availability of appropriations; first-time awards will be funded in the order of receipt of the application up to an annual limit of $5,000,000.

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