"Once-In-A-Generation" Federal Funding
Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
$15 Billion in direct funding to Tribes
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is an opportunity for tribes to secure their future generations in some of the most essential aspects of tribal infrastructure. A significant portion of this act has been carved out just for Indian Country:
IIJA Tribal Allocations:
Tribal water and sanitation deficiencies
Climate resiliency projects
Tribal highway projects/roads
Tribal water rights settlements
Tribal broadband programs
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal is an historic down payment on ensuring that future generations have clean air, drinkable water, fertile soil, and an overall quality of life that is currently threatened by the worsening climate crisis. As our communities bear the brunt of intensifying droughts, wildfires, flooding, and legacy pollution, the BID’s investments will be crucial to ensuring local, state, and Tribal communities have the resources they need to bolster climate resilience and protect natural areas.
Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland
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Full Advantage of These Funds
The IIJA Funds will be allocated annually over the next 5 years. Have you mapped out your goals and strategies to use these funds for each year? Its a daunting task — and one that our teams are prepared to help you with.
- $11.2 billion is dedicated to tribes and to Indian Country.
- 7% of the bill directly supporting Indian Country.
- Tribes are eligible to apply for additional state or federal agency funding.
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1) Align Your Tribe’s Priorities
First and foremost, we focus on your leadership and community alignment for short and mid-term goals. Without agreement, its hard to move forward.
2) Pinpoint Funding for Each Priority
We will help you identify the funding to pay for the initiatives, priorities, implementation, and reporting requirements of your Tribe.
3) Create an Action Plan
With the right goals and priorities in place, our team partners with you to create a clear roadmap for all projects from beginning up to completion, and even beyond.
4) Implement & Support the Action Plan
Our job isn’t finished until we see completed projects. Blue Stone is committed to helping you throughout the entire process, offering any support needed during implementation.
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Blue Stone Strategy Partners has been involved in helping to shape the policy around the IIJA funding and allocation specifics for Tribes. Our team has a firm handle on what Tribes should consider immediately to secure their portion of funding and how best to prioritize needs once the funding is in place.
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The IIJA Details
The Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act of 2021, commonly referred to simply as the “Infrastructure Bill”, is the single largest investment into infrastructure in the history of the US. Signed into law in November of 2021, the bill totals $1.2 trillion with $559 billion into new programs. Of this $1.2 trillion, over $11.2 billion has been set aside for Tribal Nations, though Tribes will be eligible to apply for other funds as well.
Unlike the CARES Act & ARPA, the Infrastructure Bill funds will largely be distributed through annual programs over the next 5 years. These funding programs will address infrastructure needs in broadband, water, wastewater, clean energy, roads, bridges, and many other areas. Some of these funding programs will be familiar to Tribal Nations—such as Drinking Water Revolving Funds or the BIA Road Maintenance Program—while others will be newly created.
Anticipated Impact of the Infrastructure Bill
While the Infrastructure Bill funds will begin to be allocated this year, it is still being determined exactly through which programs and by what methodology. However, written into the bill are certain parameters that can assist the direction of your Tribe’s planning.
Where Are the Monies Going?
For Tribal set aside funds, there are five central areas that funds will be allocated to.
- IIHS water & sanitation deficiencies $3.5B
- Tribal water rights settlements $2.5B
- Tribal broadband programs $2B
- Tribal highway projects/roads $3B
- Climate resiliency projects $216M
In addition to these Tribal set-asides, Tribal Nations will be eligible to apply for funds across other areas as well. The following table gives an overview of what infrastructure categories the monies will be going into and which federal agencies will be distributing them: