Native American Community Response Fund
What is the purpose of the initiative?
The goal of this initiative is to provide $500 in emergency cash assistance to Native American families who are financially impacted by COVID-19. These funds may be used to pay for personal expenses.
Who are the partners working on this initiative?
In May 2020, the Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition, Inc. (ONAC) launched the ONAC Emergency Cash Assistance program, with support from the Wells Fargo Foundation. Through this program, ONAC is directly administering and funding 550 emergency savings accounts and is working to raise additional funds to support more families. To help ONAC directly serve more Native families, please consider making a donation at https://give.classy.org/COVIDONAC.
The Native American Community Response Fund is a partnership between the Decolonizing Wealth Project and the Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition, Inc. (ONAC) to provide $1 million in assistance to 2,000 eligible Native American families ($500 per family). As ONAC had already launched a national Native-led emergency cash assistance program, the Decolonizing Wealth Project contacted ONAC to ask about partnership on the rollout of these 2,000 accounts. ONAC is working with the Family Independence Initiative (FII) and tribal and Native-led nonprofit partners to administer the program. The tribal and Native-led nonprofit partners are determining which of their tribal citizens are eligible to receive the funds. ONAC is not involved in the selection of participating families. For this particular initiative, ONAC is working with the Native partners to distribute the application materials and is following-up with the 2,000 applicants, to answer their questions, as they complete the applications for emergency cash assistance. These funds are being distributed through Native partners in Alaska, Arizona, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and South Dakota.