CARES ACT Small Business Relief Grant

Eligible small business owners can begin applying for up to $5,000 in emergency grant funds October 1, 2020. To support small businesses operating in a difficult environment due to COVID-19, Nimiipuu Fund is administering CARES Act funds on behalf of the Nez Perce Tribe to support small businesses. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is an economic relief package focused on protecting the American people from the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19. The dollars are dedicated to provide economic support for small businesses. Eligible businesses must meet the following criteria.

How to Apply

  1. Complete the COVID 19 Relief Grant Application Interest form to provide your contact information and access the application.
  2. After submitting your interest form, you'll be promted to create your account on our secure Client Portal. Be sure to make note of the username and password you create.
  3. Once logged in, complete the Release of Information and Grant Application. A copy of the forms will be emailed to you upon completion. You can also save and come back later.
  4. Upload all required documents specified in the portal. Your application is not considered complete until all documents have been uploaded.
  5. After you receive services, let us know how working with us impacted you by completing our Annual Follow-up Survey.

If you prefer to download the Application and submit at our office:

Small Business Eligibility Criteria

Legal Business

State/Tribe business license/notarized affidavit if not registered. Businesses deemed illegal under federal law will be prohibited. Sole proprietors eligible to apply.

In operation

In business prior to March 1, 2020

Native-led Ownership

Owner is an enrolled Nez Perce Tribal member

Impacted by COVID

COVID-related hardship

Other Criteria Listed in Application

Reimburse the costs of business interruption
caused by required closures.


Important Notes

  • Grant distribution is based on availability of funds and eligibility.
  • Grant sizes have been established and are capped at $5,000.
  • Grant funds will be disbursed via check.
  • The CARES Act provides that grant funds are meant to reimburse the many different costs associated with business interruption from government mandated closures and stay-at-home orders.

Grant Application Timelines

Online Application Opens*: October 1, 2020
Application Due: Rolling until November 2, 2020
Decisions Announced & Grant Funds Available: November 6, 2020

*Online application is preferred. However, if you would like to submit a paper application, please contact us and schedule ahead of time for in-person pickup visit (during office hours 8am-4:30pm). Our offices at 99 Agency Rd., Lapwai, Idaho 83540 are locked during the COVID crisis.