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Northwest Area Foundation Grants Awarded to Nimiipuu Fund

During the second quarter of 2020, the Northwest Area Foundation approved 113 grants worth $5,184,631—including $665,000 in COVID-19 emergency grants to 25 of our grantees and $510,000 in COVID-19 emergency grants toward pooled relief funds at 13 organizations. This quarter’s grant funding touches on work being done in each of their four interlocking portfolios, as…

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Employee Loan

Nimiipuu Fund COVID-19 Response Employee Loan Get up to $5,000  Our hearts go out to all those impacted by COVID-19 outbreak. We are dedicated to promoting safety and health of our tribal communities. In response, we are launching Employee Loan for Nez Perce Tribal Government and Tribal Entity employees to help with debt consolidation or…

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LC Valley Small Business Recovery Fund

The LC Valley Small Business Recovery Fund provides microgrants to small businesses with zero to five employees (including owners) in Nez Perce and Asotin Counties who did not qualify for, would not benefit from, or missed the opportunity to receive Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), Paycheck Protection Program Funding (PPP), the Idaho Rebound Grant, or…

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Small businesses can access 30-day supply of PPE as state opens for Stage 2 of Idaho Rebounds plan Saturday

Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today that small businesses have a new resource to access masks, gloves, and sanitizer as the state enters Stage 2 of the four-stage Idaho Rebounds plan to safely and responsibly open Idaho’s economy. Idaho small businesses can obtain a 30-day supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) for their employees and…

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Gov. Little announces criteria, timelines for small businesses to apply for Idaho Rebound cash grants

Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced today the full eligibility criteria and process for small businesses to apply for an Idaho Rebound cash grant. Governor Little announced last week that $300 million in cash grants will be made available to Idaho small businesses impacted by COVID-19. No other state in the country is putting…

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Gov. Little plans to distribute $300 million in cash grants to small businesses as state enters Stage 1 of reopening

Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little announced plans today for more than 30,000 Idaho small businesses to receive Idaho Rebound cash grants, a $300 million investment in Idaho’s small business employers.  “No other state in the country is putting up a larger amount from the Coronavirus Relief Fund to help small businesses with cash support,”…

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II Accounts Earn Higher Interest

Dear Dr. Per Cap:  Why does my IIM account pay so much higher interest than my bank account?   Isn’t it basically the same thing? Signed, Loves Coffee Dear Loves Coffees, An IIM or Individual Indian Money account is a very unique financial product that differs from a bank account in several key ways.  For starters…

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Commitment Device

Dear Dr. Per Cap:  How can I convince my dad he needs to save for retirement?  He just spends and spends while saying “live in the now”. Signed, Worried About Daddy Dear Worried, You’re an awesome daughter to show concern for your dad’s financial future.  The percentage of folks not saving enough for retirement is staggering. …

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More Covid-19 Relief

Dear Dr. Per Cap:  How do I know if I’m eligible to receive the new Covid-19 monthly relief payments that were just announced? Signed, Arizona Mom  Dear Arizona Mom It’s official.  Starting in July the IRS will begin making monthly payments to families that qualify for a recently expanded child tax credit.  This Covid-19 related…

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Family Matters

Dear Dr. Per Cap:  My cousin has a habit of not paying back loans, but just asked to borrow more money.  How can I help without getting burned?  Signed,  Twice Burned Dear Twice Burned: I’ve learned over the years that money lent to friends and family has a bad track record of not getting paid…

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Why Tip?

Dear Dr. Per Cap:  I’m a server at a restaurant and get frustrated when Native customers don’t tip. I work hard to provide good service and it’s not only insulting but tough financially when my own people stiff me. What’s up with Natives who don’t tip? Signed, Tips Please Dear Tips, Although I’ve heard this complaint before,…

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Jobless Benefits Fraud

Dear Dr. Per Cap: I received a 1099-G that lists over $3,000 in unemployment benefits paid by the state in 2020.  I didn’t receive any unemployment last year.  What should I do? Signed,  Working through the Pandemic Dear Working, Report this as fraud through your state unemployment agency website immediately.  There’s been a huge surge…

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