Operations grants will enable community groups that participate with our CCO department to fund budgeted operating costs impacted by the pandemic, such as utility bills. Operating grants can also offset the recent and future costs of fuel for grocery deliveries, as most of these organizations have assisted us with essential food programs over the past four months. With up to $20,000 available per community organization, these grants can also help pay for proper sanitizers, cleaners and equipment to make their facilities as safe as possible. A capital improvements grant of up to $40,000 is also available to the same organizations with Cherokee Community Buildings. These capital grants, set aside for modifying or expanding community buildings, can be used to improve things like food pantries and refrigeration capabilities. Groups in places like the Hulbert community and Washington County are ready to use these improvements to provide healthy food choices for tribal citizens and serve as strategic food reserves for Cherokee Nation.
@CherokeeNation Respond, Recover and Rebuild Plan’s newest initiative: Education. #CherokeeStrong $2.3m for NE Okla. Public School districts, $30.7m K-college student tech grants, $4.5m school clothing vouchers, and more. Details coming soon. #PublicEd #CherokeeStrong #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/5iAu7gVPWd— Chuck Hoskin, Jr. (@ChuckHoskin_Jr) July 3, 2020
These investments will help community groups improve their COVID-19 response and expand their mission of service in this time of need. The grants will also help groups to become better prepared for the next emergency, whether it is a natural disaster or another dangerous virus. Our CCO participating at-large Cherokee organizations, based in urban areas across the United States, typically do not own a building, so we have created a special $2,000 grant to assist those groups with hand sanitizer, masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment. At-large groups may also use the funds for other pandemic response, such as food distribution initiatives. With an additional Community Partners Grant, we also plan to expand our collaborations with entities such as local first responders and nonprofit organizations across the region who have teamed up with Cherokee Nation to provide care, supplies and services over the past four months. These important partners have been essential in maximizing our pandemic response. In order to keep this collaboration strong, we will make a total of $250,000 available in aid to help these organizations replenish their resources. COVID-19 remains a threat, and local community organizations are on the front lines. Within our reservation, they are doing an amazing job of helping us all stay healthy and safe, but they need our support to continue this critical work. Cherokee Nation is seizing this opportunity to respond, recover and rebuild and to do so at the grassroots level. My promise to you is that we will always be proactive in finding ways to serve our citizens and doing it safely.
"Respond, Recover and Rebuild": The Cherokee Nation announced a $332 million spending plan for the tribe's first portion of #CARESAct funding. @CherokeeNation @ChuckHoskin_Jr #Coronavirus #CoronavirusReliefFund #COVID19 https://t.co/0peXB22qAs— indianz.com (@indianz) June 3, 2020
Chuck Hoskin Jr. is the 18th elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, the largest Indian tribe in the United States. He is only the second elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation from Vinita, the first being Thomas Buffington, who served from 1899-1903. Prior to being elected Principal Chief, Hoskin served as the tribe’s Secretary of State. He also formerly served as a member of the Council of the Cherokee Nation, representing District 11 for six years.