COVID-19 Relief Payment Program
On April 23, 2020, Tribal Council approved the COVID-19 Relief Payment Program to ensure all eligible Tribal members, 18 years of age and older, will receive stipends for the unexpected costs or loss of income because of the COVID-19 pandemic and public health emergency. The program provides financial assistance to eligible Tribal members to help alleviate the hardships endured during this time. The Tribe’s COVID-19 Relief Payment Program does require an application.
The application for the October and November payment is now AVAILABLE! The application can be filled out online or printed HERE.
August 18, 2020: Tribal Council has heard the needs and concerns of the members and made the decision to extend assistance under the COVID-19 Payment Relief Program for three more months. The payments will use CARES Act funding to provide three additional $600.00 monthly payments to enrolled Grand Ronde Tribal members over the age of 18 who have a demonstrated need. The Tribe’s COVID-19 Payment Relief Program will have provided $4,400.00 to Tribal members since its creation in March with the goal of helping them ease the financial burden surrounding the pandemic and helping them provide essential needs for their families. Additional information to come.
July 15, 2020: Following the Tribe's adopting and implementation of the COVID-19 Relief Payment Program, the US Department of Treasury issued new guidelines related to the program. The new guidance requires that each Tribal member must complete an application for the program.
May 27, 2020: Tribal Council has directed the Finance Department and the Executive Staff to prepare a supplemental budget that would allow the Tribe to extend assistance to Tribal Members under the COVID-19 Payment Relief Program. The supplemental budget will use 8.1 million dollars from the Tribe’s CARES Act funding from the Department of. Treasury and will allow the Tribe to distribute three, $600.00 payments to adult Tribal Members. There will be one payment at the end of June, one payment at the end of July and one payment at the end of August. The budget will be posted in the coming days.
MAY 7, 2020: Tribal Council has authorized staff to proceed with a supplemental budget for 1.9 million dollars. If approved, these funds will do two things. First, it will allow the Tribe to distribute an additional $400.00 to adult Tribal Members under the Tribe’s COVID-19 Payment Relief Program; a program aimed at protecting the social and economic well-being of our members during the COVID-19 crisis. Second, it will add $100,000.00 to the Emergency Assistance program administered by Social Services. The supplemental budget will be voted on at a special Tribal Council meeting on May 21.
March 18th, 2020: The Tribe passed Resolution No. 101-20 declaring a state of emergency due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak in the United States and the State of Oregon. This outbreak threatens the safety and well-being of the Tribe and our members and Tribal Council must act to protect the social and economic well-being of Tribal members. Tribal Council has established the COVID-19 Relief Payment Program for Tribal Members. The purpose of the Program is to establish a general welfare payment to Tribal Members which will help offset the financial impacts to members from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Childcare Reimbursement Program
The Tribe has allocated funding to assist families with the high cost of childcare. This is a partial reimbursement program through the Social Services Department.
- This is a first come first serve program.
- Full applications and supporting documents must be received to process the application.
- Approved applicants will receive the reimbursement September 1 through August 31 of the current year.
- Each household will receive up to a $100 monthly reimbursement per eligible child.
- Social Services will maintain a waiting list based on date/time of application in the event that approved applicants become ineligible at any point during the current application year.
Learn more about the eligibility and application requirements and download the application here.