Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

American Rescue Plan Act

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
Fiscal Relief Fund

ARPA FRF Elder Food Security

Program Summary
The Choctaw Nation's American Rescue Plan Act Elder Food Security Program will provide eligible Choctaw Nation tribal members with the opportunity to receive a $200 monthly grocery allowance beginning September 2021. Applicants may submit a single, one-time application in order to receive this monthly grocery allowance for the month in which they apply and for every subsequent month thereafter through August 2023. Applicants applying in August 2021 will receive their first payment in September 2021.

Qualification Requirement
Choctaw Nation Tribal Members 55 years of age or older. All applicants must attest that they have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 public Health Emergency to receive assistance. You may also, upon request, be required to provide supporting evidence of this negative impact.

Eligible Age: 55+

Service Area: National

Applications: August 16, 2021 to June 30, 2022

Benefit: $200 per eligible Choctaw Nation Tribal Member per registered month, through Aug. 2023.


ARPA FRF Disability Food Security

Program Summary
The Choctaw Nation's American Rescue Plan Act Disability Food Security Program will provide eligible Choctaw Nation tribal members with the opportunity to receive a $200 monthly grocery allowance beginning September 2021. Applicants may submit a single, one-time application in order to receive this monthly grocery allowance for the month in which they apply and for every subsequent month thereafter through August 2023. Applicants applying in August 2021 will receive their first payment in September 2021.

Qualification Requirement
Choctaw Nation Tribal Members who can show proof of enrollment in the Social Security Disability Insurance program. All applicants must attest that they have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 public Health Emergency to receive assistance. You may also, upon request, be required to provide supporting evidence of this negative impact.

Must provide one of the following forms of proof of disability with application:

  • Approval letter of disability from Social Security or Approval letter of Veterans Disability
  • SSA-1099

Eligible Age: 18 to 54

Service Area: National

Applications: August 16, 2021 to June 30, 2022

Benefit: $200 per eligible Choctaw Nation Tribal Member per registered month, through Aug. 2023.


ARPA FRF Economic Impact Recovery Program: Dependent

Program Summary
The Choctaw Nation's American Rescue Plan Act Economic Impact Recovery program will provide eligible dependent minors who are Choctaw Nation tribal members or who are eligible to become Choctaw Nation tribal members, with the opportunity to receive annual payments on a pre-loaded debit card to be used towards necessary expenses. Dependents newborn to 17 years old will receive $700 per year for two years for a total benefit amount of $1,400.

Intended Use
Food Security, Student/Child Care Assistance, Internet Access and Technology

Qualification Requirement
All applicants must attest that they have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 public Health Emergency to receive assistance. You may also, upon request, be required to provide supporting evidence of this negative impact.

If you are applying for a dependent minor without tribal membership you are required to submit an application to the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Membership Services.

Eligible Age: Newborn-17

Service Area: National

Applications: September 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022
Applications for dependent minors without a tribal membership card may experience longer processing times.

Benefit: $700 total amount per eligible dependents, newborn-17 years old, per year ($1,400 total benefit)*
*Year 2 payments will be made after the application period has closed.


ARPA FRF Economic Impact Recovery Program: Adult

Program Summary
The Choctaw Nation's American Rescue Plan Act Economic Impact Recovery program will provide eligible Choctaw Nation tribal members, with the opportunity to receive annual payments on a pre-loaded debit card to be used towards necessary expenses. Adults 18+ will receive $1,000 per year for two years for a total benefit amount of $2,000.

Intended Use
Internet Access, Technology and Living Expenses (Mortgage/Rental/Utility/Food Security Assistance)

Qualification Requirement
All applicants must attest that they have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 public Health Emergency to receive assistance. You may also, upon request, be required to provide supporting evidence of this negative impact.

Eligible Age: 18+

Service Area: National

Applications: September 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022

Benefit: $1,000 total amount per eligible adult 18+, per year ($2,000 total benefit)*
*Year 2 payments will be made after the application period has closed.


Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP)

Program Summary
The Choctaw Nation's Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) will provide eligible Native American households within the Choctaw Nation service area with the opportunity to receive $60-$500 one time per year towards household water bills beginning October 2021. The program begins October 2021 and will end September 2023 or until funds are depleted. Households having past due water bills, cut-off notices or homes without water due to lack of funds within the household will be served first with next priority being to serve the elderly, disabled households, and homes with minor children.

Qualification Requirement
Native Americans with CDIB or Tribal Membership card within the Choctaw Nation service area may apply for assistance, as LIHWAP is a federally funded program. Applicant may not receive funding from Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) and Choctaw Nation LIHWAP at the same time. Income limits do apply.

Eligible Age: Any age may apply for assistance

Service Area: Choctaw Nation service area

Applications: October 1, 2021 - September 23, 2023

Benefit: $60-$500 one-time payments annually per eligible households for up to two years, through Sept. 2023 or until funds are depleted.


Small Business Recovery Program

Program Summary
The Choctaw Nation Small Business Recovery Program was created to assist Choctaw Tribal Members who own a business and are registered with the Choctaw Small Business Development Program (Chahtapreneurs) with economic hardship created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Qualification Requirement
Tribal member must be a registered Chahtapreneur with 51% majority ownership of their company. Applicants will be required to attest that they have been negatively impacted and provide documentation as requested demonstrating impact as a result of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

Eligible Age: 18+

Service Area: Choctaw Nation service area

Applications: November 29, 2021 - June 30, 2022

Benefit: Assistance will be based on business Direct Employee Count (*Excludes 1099 Contract Employees).

  • Chahtapreneurs in operating business with 4 or fewer Direct Employees and meets minimum revenue requirements: $4,000
  • Chahtapreneurs in operating business with 5 or more direct employees and meets minimum revenue requirements: $8,000

How to Apply: Applicants must have a Registered Small Business with Choctaw Small Business Development and Proof of business ownership. To register, visit choctawsmallbusiness.com.

Contact: 580-642-6720


 

ARPA FRF FAQs

FRF- ARPA Food Security Program (Elder and Disabled)

  • Choctaw Tribal members ages 55 and older can receive a card for monthly grocery allowance for the next two years
  • Choctaw Tribal members ages 18-54 with a disability can receive a card for monthly grocery allowance for the next two years

FRF- ARPA Economic Impact Recovery Program (Adult and Minor)

  • Choctaw tribal members newborn – 17 can receive annual funding for internet and technology
  • Choctaw tribal members 18 and older for food, internet and technology and living expenses for two years

Applications are now open

FRF- ARPA Food Security Program (Elder and Disabled)

  • Tribal Members 55 and older: $200/monthly grocery allowance for two years. This age may also apply for the Economic Recovery Program- Adults for $1,000 per year for two years. Total amount is $6,800 ($4800 for ARPA Disability Food Security + $2,000 for Economic Recovery Program- Adult)
  • Tribal members 18 – 54 with a disability: $200/monthly grocery allowance. This group may also apply for the Economic Recovery Program- Adults for $1,000 per year for two years. Total amount is $6,800 ($4800 for ARPA Disability Food Security + $2,000 for Economic Recovery Program- Adult)

FRF- ARPA Economic Impact Recovery Program (Adult and Minor)

  • Tribal members Newborn – 17: $700 annually for Internet access and technology and student and childcare assistance for two years. The Dependent Economic Recovery program provides a total benefit of $1,400.
  • Tribal members 18 and older: $1,000 annually for Internet access and technology and for living expenses like mortgage, rent, utilities and food for two years. The Adult Economic Recovery program provides a total benefit of $2,000

If you received the Cares Act Elder or Disability Food Security Program, you will need to apply for the FRF ARPA Food Security Program. After approval, a new card will be issued and mailed to you.

After your application is approved, you will receive a convenience card with your pre-loaded amount. This will be mailed to your address listed in the Chahta Achvffa portal.

Apply online through our Chahta Achvffa portal.


 

ARPA LIHWAP FAQs

  • Households within the Choctaw Nation service area
    • Atoka, Bryan, Choctaw, Coal, Haskell, Hughes, Latimer, Leflore, McCurtain, Pittsburg, Pushmataha
  • Households having past-due water bills, cut-off notices or homes without water due to lack of funds within the household will be served first.
  • Next priority will be to serve elderly, disabled households, and homes with minor children.
  • LIHWAP is a grant program and will be operational for two years, October 2021-September 2022 and October 2022-September 2023 or until funds are depleted.
  • LIHWAP assistance is one-time per year beginning October 1st of each year.
  • Benefit amounts vary depending on household circumstances and income.
    • Minimum benefit is $60 per year.
    • Maximum benefit is $500 per year.

No, both programs are federally funded, therefore a client can only receive assistance from one or the other.

Yes, LIHWAP receives federal funding for other tribes.


Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Cares Act

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
COVID-19 Coronavirus Relief Fund

 

COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

Due to the federal allocation of funds for this specific program, new applications are not being accepted at this time. Should additional funds become available through other programs or resources, we'll post the information on this site, so check back periodically.

Members already approved will receive a total of 3 consecutive month's rent with the potential to receive up to 3 month's utility assistance, as funding permits. Additional expenses should not be expected to be reimbursed.

Contact
Choctaw Nation Housing Authority
[email protected]
Toll Free 800-235-3087
Local 580-326-7521


Emergency Broadband Benefit

Program Summary
A temporary FCC program to help households struggling to afford internet service during the pandemic.

Eligibility

  • Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain government assistance programs;
  • Receives benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch or breakfast program;
  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020; or
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income or COVID-19 program.

Benefit

  • Up to $50/month discount for broadband service;
  • Up to $75/month discount for households on qualifying Tribal lands; and
  • A one-time discount of up to $100 for a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet purchased through a participating provider.
  • Contact: For additional information, call 833-511-0311, or visit fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit. Contact your Preferred Provider directly and ask if they participate in the EBB.

FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

Program Summary
Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.

Qualification Requirement

  • You are a U.S. citizen, non-citizen, national, or qualified alien who paid for funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.
  • The funeral expenses were an individual whose death in the United States, territories or the District of Columbia, may have been caused by or was likely the result of COVID-19.
  • A minor child cannot apply for COVID-19 Funeral Assistance on behalf of an adult who is not a U.S. citizen, non-citizen, or qualified alien.

Eligibility

  • The death must have occurred in the United States, including the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.
  • The death certificate must indicate the death was attributed to COVID-19.
  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien who incurred funeral expenses after January 20, 2020.
  • There is no requirement for the deceased person to have been a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or qualified alien.
  • Benefit: Assistance is limited to a maximum of $9,000 per funeral and a maximum of $35,500 per application per state, territory, or the District of Columbia. If assistance has already been received through the Choctaw Nation Tribal Burial Program, the applicant would receive the difference up to $9,000 per funeral and $35,500 per application.
  • Contact: FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance at 844-684-6333. Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time.

ACT Online Test Prep

Program Summary
ACT Academy is offering a free online ACT test prep tool for students with personalized, self-guided plans based on test results from the PreACT and ACT tests, as well as official ACT practice tests. Students can sign up at academy.act.org for this free service. Once students set up their username and password, they will be able to watch webinars over each subject area and take practice tests.

  • Benefit: Free
  • Service Area: National