Emergency Financial Assistance COVID-19 Relief Program Information

On March 21, 2020, the Little Shell Tribe (“LST” or “Tribe”) declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the Tribe’s federal recognition was restored only a few months before the pandemic hit, the Tribe has had limited time and funding to build essential health clinics and to develop necessary tribal programming to aid its tribal members. Thus, the Tribe has created this program to provide essential assistance in a manner that is administratively feasible given the current lack of internal governmental programs and employees. The Emergency Financial Assistance COVID-19 Relief Program will provide critical financial relief to eligible LST tribal members that have suffered directly or indirectly from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Program Summary

The Little Shell Tribal Council has established an emergency financial assistance program to provide necessary financial relief to Little Shell tribal members directly or indirectly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible Little Shell tribal members will receive a single grant payment of $1,000.00. Eligible Little Shell tribal members are required to complete, certify, and submit the Emergency Financial Assistance COVID-19 Relief Program Application.  

Applicant Eligibility 

The Tribe has established strict parameters on eligibility to ensure the Program complies with all applicable legal and federal requirements. Applicants must: 

  • be enrolled LST tribal members;
  • be eighteen (18) years of age or older; and 
  • complete required application certifying  how the individual has suffered directly or indirectly from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible applicants may reside outside of the Tribe’s service area and the State of Montana (there are no residency restrictions). 

Certification of Application

Each applicant must certify that the information submitted on the application is accurate. An applicant that provides false information will face penalties including the complete denial of the submitted application, potential exclusion from other LST programs, and/or reimbursing the Little Shell Tribe for receiving federal funds through deception. The Tribal Administrator shall provide the Tribal Council with any information regarding alleged falsification of application statements. The Tribal Council will review and issue a decision on the penalty. All decisions shall be final. 

Review of Application and Disbursement of Grant Payments

All grant payments disbursed under the Emergency Financial Assistance COVID-19 Relief Program must be used to alleviate the impacts suffered directly or indirectly by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grant payments must be used to cover eligible expenses such as to: pay residential rent, mortgage payments, or utility bills; purchase groceries, cleaning, medical and protective supplies; support work from home capabilities; to prepare for tele-education or other related educational expenses; childcare to return to work; or pay for delivery services of food and necessary supplies.

The LST Tribal Administrator will manage the collection of all applications. The Tribal Administrator shall conduct a review of each applicant and only approve completed and certified applications for the Chairman’s, or his designees, final review and approval. Upon receiving approval, the Tribal Administrator shall oversee the disbursement of grant payments to the approved applicant. If an application is denied, there will be an opportunity to submit an appeal to the full Tribal Council. 

Materials Required for Submission

All applicants are required to submit the following: (1) the Emergency Financial Assistance COVID-19 Relief Program application; (2) LST enrollment number; and (3) a photocopy of applicant’s government-issued photo ID (LST enrollment card, driver’s license, passport, etc.). 

Application Deadline and Submission

All applications must be received by November 9, 2020. It is the responsibility of the applicant to meet this deadline and verify receipt of their submission.