Indian Child Welfare Act_Title II Grants

To promote the stability and security of American Indian tribes and families by protecting American Indian children and preventing the separation of American Indian families and providing assistance to Indian tribes in the operation of child and family service programs.

Examples of Funded Projects

An Indian Child Welfare Program operated by an Indian tribe in North Carolina.

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 - Information can be secured from the Agency Superintendents and from Regional Directors.

See Appendix IV of the Catalog for addresses.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Coushatta Tribe Of Louisiana $ 158,981   2019-01-012021-12-31
Coushatta Tribe Of Louisiana $ 17,439   2019-01-012021-12-31
Comanche Nation $ 225,682   2019-01-012021-12-31
Seneca Nation Of Indians $ 750,220   2016-10-012021-09-30
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation $ 335,294   2016-10-012021-09-30
Houlton Band Of Maliseet Indians $ 897,684   2014-10-012021-09-30
Seneca Nation Of Indians $ 663,691   2012-09-302021-09-30
Seminole Tribe Of Florida, Inc., The $ 852,617   2001-02-062021-09-30
Catawba Indian Nation $ 354,323   2017-01-012020-12-31
Ft Mc Dowell Yavapai Nation $ 247,258   2016-01-012020-12-31

Program Accomplishments

There are over 27,000 referrals each year to the more than 500 Bureau and tribal programs for child abuse and neglect investigations.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Operation and maintenance of counseling facilities, family assistance (homemaker and home counselors), protective day care, and after school care, recreational activities, respite care, employment of professionals to assist tribal courts personnel, education and training, foster care subsidy programs, legal advice and representation, home improvement programs with the primary emphasis of upgrading unsafe home environments, preparation and implementation of child welfare codes, and providing matching shares for other Federal programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments.

Beneficiary Eligibility

American Indian children and families.


Initial application must be accompanied by an authorizing resolution of the governing body of the Indian tribe.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

An informal conference with Bureau of Indian Affairs agency or regional representative is recommended.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Application procedures are contained in 25 CFR Part 23, Subpart C "Grants to Indian Tribes for Title II Indian Child and Family Service Programs." The application must contain the information specified in Section 23.33 "Tribal Government Application Content." Completed applications should be submitted to the local Bureau of Indian Affairs agency or regional office listed in Appendix IV.

Award Procedures

In most instances, awards can be approved at the agency or regional level. The dollar value of the grant depends upon the amount that has been prioritized by the Indian tribe through participation in the Bureau of Indian Affairs budget formulation process.


Contact local Bureau of Indian Affairs agency or regional office listed in Appendix IV.


Indian Child Welfare Act; Public Law 95-608, 92 Stat. 3075, 25 U.S.C. 1901.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Not applicable.


An unsuccessful applicant may appeal a Bureau of Indian Affairs official's decision under the procedures contained in 25 CFR Part 23, Subpart F "Appeals," and 25 CFR Part 2 "Appeals from Administrative Actions."


Grants may be renewed indefinitely upon satisfactory performance by the grantee. 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

Grants are made on an annual basis and the funds remain available until expended by the tribe/grantee.

Post Assistance Requirements


Financial status reports, SF 269A, are required.

Program accomplishment reporting requirements are specified in 25 CFR Part 23, Subpart E, Section 23.47 "Reports and Availability of Information to Indians."


For awards made under this program, tribes/grantees 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 ret