HUD Awards $800,000 to Northwest Indian College!

We are pleased to announce that Northwest Indian College was awarded $800,000 through the HUD Tribal Colleges and Universities Program.  Northwest Indian College intends to use the HUD grant to build a new NWIC library/information services (IS) center which will replace the campus’s cramped current structure built in the 1930s.

The center will house the college’s technology “brain,” housing the servers and other electronic equipment needed to maintain a modern college campus. It is a part of NWIC’s a multi-year, community-wide master plan. In 2006, NWIC initiated a $40.2 million campaign to build a new campus. More than $30.5 million has been raised and six new buildings have been completed. Construction of five others, including the library/IS center, will begin at varying times within the next six months to three years. While approximately 75 percent of users of the new library will be NWIC students, faculty, and staff, the facility will also serve Lummi Nation community members. This and all other new facilities are being designed and constructed.

“These institutions of higher learning are investing in building minds as well as their local communities,” said Donovan.  “HUD is working with these colleges and universities to help enhance their learning environments as they devote themselves to shaping the next generation of leaders who will benefit from and build on what we do today.”

“Since its founding almost 30 years on the Lummi Reservation, Northwest Indian College has had very big dreams on how to better serve its students and the larger community,” said HUD Regional Administrator McBride.  “HUD is proud to have helped the College make many of those dreams come true and look forward to continuing our vibrant, productive partnership.”

To be eligible to apply for funding, TCUs must meet the definition of a TCU established in Title III of the 1998 Amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965.  In addition, all applicants must offer two- or four-year degrees and be fully accredited, or be a candidate for accreditation, by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  HUD's grants will help these institutions undertake a wide variety of activities.    These activities include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Building a new facility (for example, classrooms, administrative offices, health and cultural centers, gymnasium, technology centers, and so forth).
  • Renovating an existing or acquired facility.
  • Expanding an existing or acquired facility.
  • Equipping university facilities (laboratory equipment, library books, and furniture)
  • Property acquisition.
  • Health screening.
  • Technical assistance to establish, expand, or stabilize microenterprises.
  • Crime, alcohol and/or drug-abuse prevention activities.
  • Youth leadership development programs/activities.
  • Tutoring/mentoring programs.
  • Childcare/development programs.
  • Cultural activities/programs.
  • Up to 20 percent of the grant may be used for payments of reasonable grant administrative costs related to planning and executing the project.