Indian Community Fire Protection

To provide funds to perform fire protection services for Indian Tribal Governments that do not receive fire protection support from State or local government.

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 should 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
Seneca Nation Of Indians $ 42,566   2019-05-082021-09-30
Chitimacha Tribe Of Louisiana, The $ 4,749,287   2018-10-012021-09-30
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation $ 558,562   2016-10-012021-09-30
Seneca Nation Of Indians $ 72,280   2016-10-012019-09-30
Penobscot Indian Nation $ 326,550   2015-10-012019-09-30
Penobscot Indian Nation $ 340,352   2012-10-012017-09-30
Seneca Nation Of Indians $ 99,340   2012-09-302017-09-30
Indian Township Tribal Government $ 31,154   2012-10-012015-09-30
Seminole Tribe Of Florida, Inc., The $ 795,786   2009-08-242015-09-30
Northern Cheyenne Tribe $ 68,291   2013-10-012014-09-30

Program Accomplishments

On an annual basis, funding is provided to over 40 tribal fire protection programs on reservations.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used to support staff, train volunteer fire-fighters, repair existing fire-fighting equipment, and purchase additional equipment.

Funds may also be used to purchase smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, fire escapes, and emergency lights for public building.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments performing fire protection services on their reservation.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments.


An initial application must be accompanied by a copy of the authorizing resolution from the Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Government to be served. If a currently effective authorizing resolution covering the scope of an initial contract proposal has already been provided, a reference to that resolution.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

An informal conference with the Bureau of Indian Affairs agency representatives is recommended.

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

The dollar value of the award depends upon the amount that has been prioritized by the Indian tribe through participation in the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Tribal Priority Allocation budget formulation process.




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 individual tribal priorities established in the budget formulation process.

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 may be made in advance or by way of reimbursement. The timing of the payments will be negotiated with the Indian tribe.

Post Assistance Requirements


Financial status reports, SF 269A, are required.

Program accomplishment reporting requirements will be negotiated with the Self-Determination contractor/grantee.


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. 7501 et 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 Awards) FY 07 $903,760; FY 08 est $948,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$200 to $138,000; $10,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

25 CFR Part 900; OMB Circular A-87, "Cost Principles for State, Local, and Indian Tribal Governments."

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

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

Headquarters Office

Director, Office of Tribal Service, 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 applicants meeting the requirements of 25 CFR Part 900 will be selected if the program has been prioritized by the individual Indian tribe through tribal participation in the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Tribal Priority Allocation budget formulation process.

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