ONAC COVID-19 Emergency Cash Assistance Program
Including Participation in the Native American Community Response Fund
What is the purpose of the ONAC emergency cash assistance program?
The goal of this initiative is to provide $500 in emergency cash assistance to American Indian and Alaska Native 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. ONAC is working with a variety of tribal and Native-led nonprofit partners, throughout the United States, to identify families in need of assistance.
How is ONAC a part of the Native American Community Response Fund?
In addition to ONAC administering its own emergency cash assistance program, ONAC is a partner in the Native American Community Response Fund. This partnership between the Decolonizing Wealth Project (DWP) 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 in May 2020, DWP contacted ONAC to ask about partnership on the rollout of these 2,000 accounts. From July through September 2020, ONAC worked with the Family Independence Initiative (FII) and tribal and Native-led nonprofit partners to distribute funds to 1,205 of the 2,000 eligible families. As of October 2020, DWP will provide a grant award to the Hopi Foundation to provide funding to 500 Hopi families. In October 2020, DWP will also provide grant support to ONAC to provide 295 additional Native families with pandemic relief aid. These latter funds will be distributed in partnership with ONAC tribal partners in Alaska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Montana, Maine, Minnesota, and other states.