TMBCI has taken a phased approach to planning and spending CARES Acts funds based on the Tribe’s COVID-19 Funding Principles that all projects and expenditures need to be community-driven and fully comply with federal regulations.
Phase 1 – Compilation
Phase 1 involved the Tribal Council compiling a list of possible projects and expenditures for COVID-19 relief funding. The list was gathered through stakeholder involvement by requesting information from departments or programs, as well as the community.
Phase 2 – Authorization
Phase 2 involved the Tribal Council determining whether the proposed spending complies with the Tribe’s COVID-19 Funding Principles. Then, the Tribal Council passed a resolution so that the proposed expenditures could be included in the COVID19 budget.
Phase 3 – Budget
Phase 3 involved the Tribal Council formulating an actual budget. This required a separate resolution to adopt the budget and make all the COVID-19 related expenditures lawful. This phase of the process also involved conducting public meetings for transparency and accountability.
Phase 4 – Appropriation
Phase 4 involved the Tribal Council prioritizing the order of approved projects and appropriating the budgeted expenditures, which had to align with funding availability, keeping in mind COVID-19 funding at this time had an expiration date of 12/31/2020.
Phase 5 – Spending
Phase 5 involves the Tribal Council and Chairman implementing the approved spending plan in accordance with the TMBCI COVID-19 Funding Principles, including any rules imposed by the Tribe’s Constitution upon the treasurer, procurement procedures, and human resource requirements.