Indian Country has been greatly challenged by Coronavirus. Now, the largest federal grant to aid tribes has magnified the challenge.

Navigating COVID-19 Aid

Tribes are faced with complex CARES Act requirements. 

Tribes must plan now.


Identify immediate and long-term needs


Understand CARES funding requirements


Identify resources and personnel to execute the plans


Prioritize needs and plans to meet your tribe's goals

Need Support? Blue Stone can help.

Tribes are faced with complex CARES Act requirements and with it a need to spend funds quickly. Our team of tribal leaders, tribal professionals and subject-matter experts, can help you use CARES funds to the greatest impact — protecting tribal communities and economies.


We will help you make a plan.

In our Blue Stone COVID-19 Response Priority Planning Sessions we assess needs, make a plan for CARES Act funds, help align your priorities, roles, and responsibilities, and develop a strategic road map for your community. 

8 ways we can help maximize COVID-19 funding:

While our planning sessions identify exactly what your community needs, we offer many COVID-19 related services tied to Treasury provided guidance April 22nd and Updated June 24th

1. Tribal Emergency Response and Strategic Planning

  • Emergency management planning
  • Emergency response and after action planning
  • Hazard mitigation planning
  • Community action planning
  • Capabilities assessment

2. Master Land Use and Safety Planning 

  • Assess current land use and infrastructure as it relates to preventing future COVID-19 outbreaks   
  • Develop a plan to maximize the health and safety of the community through effective land use and infrastructure programs

3. Business Interruption Assessments and Recovery Planning

  • Assess the extent of business interruption due to COVID-19  
  • Develop an economic recovery plan to ensure the expeditious rebooting of all business operations 
  • Develop status reports for Tribal council on current financial performance as a result of COVID-19
  • Feasibility analysis of new opportunities that relate to COVID-19 (i.e. PPE equipment)

4. Workforce Interruption Assessments and Recovery Planning

  • Adapting to the new normal
  • Exposure & financial mitigation 
  • Workforce inventory assessment 
  • Training and skills development planning  
  • Re-engaging workforce

5. Health Care Assessment and Efficiency Planning

  • Telehealth development and distribution opportunities
  • Assess delivery and accessibility of healthcare services and public health programs
  • Conduct community health assessments, service gap analysis, and resource allocation and capacity planning sessions
  • Evaluate the feasibility of healthcare infrastructure improvements and service expansion efforts
  • Provide in-person and virtual work sessions on best practices and community outreach efforts

6. Housing Assessment and Support 

  • Conduct a housing assessment to determine immediate needs as a result of COVID-19
  • Explore short-term housing options  
  • Assess the need for supportive housing
  • Develop a rental assistance program
  • Develop and implement action plan / road map

7. Community Stakeholder Communication Plan

  • Services and programming support 
  • Emergency response planning
  • Develop a community communications plan

8. Identification of CARES Act   Related Funding

  • Review funding opportunities
  • Project prioritization
  • Coordinate with Federal Agencies 
  • Develop funding matrix with timelines
  • Ensure timely submission of applications