First Nations Development Institute: Fertile Ground Advocacy Campaign
The Fertile Ground Advocacy Campaign will provide grants to support Native-led advocacy efforts to advance new policies and innovative policymaking approaches that will benefit Native American nutrition and health by improving access to healthy foods, reducing consumption of sugary beverages and foods, and strengthening food sovereignty work that is rooted in tradition, culture, and Indigenous knowledge.
Selected grantees 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. Projects should work to improve nutrition and health outcomes, including but not limited to leading community organizing and increasing Native access to healthy foods, nutrition, and health outcomes. Youth-led projects are encouraged, as are projects that include engagement of youth advocates. Examples of allowable activities include, but are not limited to:
- Policy advocacy
- Policy drafting
- Policy implementation
- Policy Research
- “Ground-softening” directly leading to policy work
- Policy meeting
Amount: Five grants of $75,000-$100,000 each will be awarded.
- Federal- and state-recognized tribal governments (tribal government programs such as food and agriculture programs, economic development entities, etc.)
- Native-controlled 501(c)(3) nonprofits
- Native-controlled community organizations with fiscal sponsorship
- Native 7871 organizations
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