Tribal College Initiative Grants


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Applications accepted on an ongoing basis


USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)


Offers funding to 1994 Land Grant Institutions, or tribal colleges, to purchase equipment and make capital improvements to their educational facilities.

Funds can be used for:

  • Enhancements to infrastructure
  • Purchasing equipment
  • Essential community facility development projects such as:
    • Schools
    • Educational equipment
    • Libraries
    • Dormitories
    • Renovations and improvements
    • Vehicles and major equipment
    • Education and cultural projects

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $250,000 per land grant institution

Applicants must provide 5% matching funds for the project.

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants are tribal colleges as listed in section 7402 of the Agricultural Act of 2014.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Buildings and Facilities • Equipment

Application Process

Contact the Community Programs Specialist at your local USDA Rural Development state office to discuss your specific project and start an application.


For program questions:
Contact the appropriate USDA Rural Development state office

Topics This Program Addresses

American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians • Colleges and Universities • Infrastructure • Transportation