NTIA is working towards equitable distribution of the funding. We understand that many agencies have formularies when allocating funding to Native Nations. Of these we understand that NIH regularly holds consultations and has a funding allocation formulary. NTIA knows the formulary used by USEF.
1. What agency do Tribe’s believe has a good funding allocation formulary?
2. In the granting process, should the funding give consideration to job creation, training, and digital literacy? If so, should this be a point system or a grant requirement?
3. We know the funding window will be short, we want to conduct outreach in the most effective manor to ensure Tribes are given the opportunity to plan how they will be applying for this funding during the short 90 day window. How should outreach be conducted? It’s been suggested that regional and national organizations be used such as NCAI, ATNI and other.
4. We see this as one fund, that there could many applications to the fund. The applications could range from Feasibility, Planning, Engineering, Deployment. With this in mind, we are interested to know:Should engineering be a pre-requisite or included as part of the application?
5. Would match requirements be a barrier? What are match requirements that could be considered that wouldn’t be a barrier, such as in-kind?