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Gather Food Sovereignty Grant

Grants to USA Tribal Governments Agencies and Native-Led
Nonprofits to Improve Food Systems in Native Communities

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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First Nations Development Institute

Conf. Date:

11/21/19

Deadline Date:

02/27/20 5:00 PM Mountain Time

Description:

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Grants of up to $32,000 to USA Tribal government agencies and Native-led nonprofit organizations for projects that improve the food systems available to Native populations. Proposed initiatives should operate in Native American, Native Hawaiian, or Alaska Native communities.

First Nations recognizes that Native food systems are important assets to Native communities. As a result, First Nations has long supported Native communities as they fortify traditional food systems, seek to increase access healthy and fresh foods, increase awareness of and involvement with where food comes from, and expand knowledge of the linkages between foods, Native cultures and/or contribute to tribal economic growth and development of entrepreneurial-related food ventures.

With the generous support of the Indigenous Peoples Fund at Tides Foundation, First Nations will establish a Gather Food Sovereignty Grant that will support work contributing to building a national movement that will fulfill a vision of Native communities and food systems that are self-directed, well-resourced and supported by community policies and systems. This opportunity is targeting emerging projects that focus on developing Tribal Food Sovereignty.  

Selected grantees under this opportunity must use funding to advance Native American nutritional and health-related policies; policymaking approaches; community power; and change at the tribal, local, state, and national levels. Emerging projects are encouraged to apply.

Examples of allowable activities under this funding opportunity include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting a community food assessment to examine the economic impact of food system assets and plan next steps,
  • Projects aimed at increasing local food system control, including increasing access to fresh and healthy foods,
  • Increasing local food distribution and marketing to end-use institutions (eg: schools or local and tribal businesses) and larger markets, and/or
  • Strategic Community planning around food sovereignty projects
  • Increasing the capacity of food producers to manage environmental, community, and social/political impacts of policy on their food system

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187330

Number of Grants:

First Nations expects to award up to 8 grant awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Total requests for project budgets within this funding opportunity should not exceed $32,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period for this funding opportunity will commence April 1, 2020 and end March 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Types of eligible applicants include, but are not limited to:
-Federal- and State-Recognized Tribal Governments (Tribal Government Programs, such as Tribal Arts Programs, Heritage Departments, Economic Development Entities, etc.)
-Native-controlled 501(c)(3) nonprofits
-Native-controlled community organizations with fiscal sponsorship
-Native 7871 Organizations

-First Nations does not currently provide funding for individuals, public schools or organizations serving American Indians that are not Native-controlled or tribally operated. Furthermore, urban groups that serve only off-reservation tribal members are unlikely to be funded outside of specifically-targeted opportunities. Organizations located and/or serving communities outside of the United States or U.S. Territories are not eligible to apply.

Examples of unallowable activities under this funding opportunity include:
-Lobbying
-Entertainment
-Capital construction projects (including the construction, purchase, renovation, and/or furnishing of facilities)
-Funding of individuals
-Development campaigns
-Endowments
-Scholarships or tuition assistance

Pre-proposal Conference:

First Nations will host 2 optional Question & Answer (Q&A) Sessions for interested applicants prior to the application deadline. This Q&A session will provide an opportunity for applicants to ask questions about the application, selection criteria, guidelines, or other related questions. Participation is NOT mandatory; however, applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in the call.

The Application Q&A Sessions will be held on:

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 10:00 A.M Mountain Time
To register, click here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7808507680673006092

Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. Mountain Time
To register, click here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5515436599593017612

Pre-Application Information:

Application deadline: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

Any exceptions to use of the online system must be made at least two weeks in advance of the application deadline by submitting an email request to the address provided in the Contact Information field below.

For grant writing resources, click here: https://www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/grantseeker-resources/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply online: https://www.grantrequest.com/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fapplication.aspx%3fSA%3dSNA%26FID%3d35226%26sid%3d1243&SA=SNA&FID=35226&sid=1243

Should you have any additional questions about the RFP or this specific funding opportunity, please contact Rana LaPine by email at rlapine@firstnations.org or by phone at (303) 774-7836.

Email: grantmaking@firstnations.org.
Phone: (303) 774-7836

National Headquarters:
First Nations Development Institute
2432 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Longmont, CO 80501

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