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CSKT accepts grant applications from tribal small business owners

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PABLO — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Economic Development Office is now accepting applications for coronavirus business relief funds. 

The CSKT Small Business Relief Grants program offers over $1 million in federally allocated financial assistance to qualified CSKT-member-owned small businesses and active CSKT-member livestock producers in the recovery, stabilization and adaptation of business operations. 

Funds can be used for working capital to support payroll, rent, accounts payable (such as utilities and vendors), debt services and expenses related to shifts in operations (such as the purchase of personal protective equipment).

The full list of eligibility requirements and the online grant application portal may be accessed at Applicants will be prompted to create a free account with Submittable, the submission management software CSKT used to create the application, before answering a series of eligibility questions and providing contact information and proof of CSKT Tribal enrollment. Printed applications may be requested as well.

To assist business owners with the application process, business advisors from the Economic Development Office and S&K Business Services are available to help Tribal business owners prepare documentation and complete their applications. 

“We encourage business owners to reach out to our skilled business advisors with inquiries about eligibility requirements and the application,” said CSKT Economics Director Velda Shelby.  “Our team is prepared to help qualified business owners successfully apply for funding.”

Questions may be directed to, Tina Begay at 406-544-1245 or James Bible at 406-883-4317.

A business can apply for up to $20,000 of working capital to help stabilize business operations for up to 9.5 months. 

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