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Gather Food Sovereignty Grant

Grants to USA Tribal Governments and Nonprofits
to Support Self-Directed Food Systems

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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First Nations Development Institute

Conf. Date:

11/17/20

Deadline Date:

01/14/21 5:00 PM Mountain Time

Description:

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Grants of up to $32,000 to USA and territories tribal governments and nonprofit organizations for economic development and infrastructure building. The purpose of this program is to support self-directed and well-resourced food systems. Funding is intended to help strengthen Native American, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian 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. 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:

Through the first round of the Gather Food Sovereignty Grant, First Nations expects to award up to 13 grant awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Through the first round of the Gather Food Sovereignty Grant, First Nations expects to award grant awards of approximately $32,000. 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 March 1, 2021, and end February 28, 2022.

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

Native community organizations without a 501(c)(3) nonprofit status may submit an application through a sponsoring organization if the sponsor has IRS 501(c)(3) status and can provide written authorization confirming its willingness to act as the fiscal sponsor.

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:
- Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at 3 pm Mountain Time - Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3165126049687282958
- Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at 10 am Mountain Time - Register at https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3348669724735174670

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: Thursday, January 14, 2021, no later than 5 pm Mountain Time

First Nations recognizes that some of the most rural and remote applicants may have limited access to high-speed Internet. 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. If you do not have access to email you can call the office and ask to speak with a member of the Grantmaking Department.

Grantseeker Resources: 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.

Application: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_1243?SA=SNA&FID=35235

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.

National Headquarters
First Nations Development Institute
2432 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Longmont, CO 80501
Tel: 303.774.7836
Fax: 303.774.7841
info@firstnations.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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