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First Nations Development Institute: Native Agriculture & Food Systems Initiative

Deadline: February 17, 2017

First Nations Development Institute is accepting proposals for its Native Agriculture & Food Systems Initiative (NAFSI). Through the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Agua Fund, First Nations plans to to support projects that aim to strengthen local food-system control; increase access to local, healthy and traditional foods; and decrease food insecurity and food deserts, all with an emphasis on serving Native American children and families.

Desired projects will noticeably improve a tribe and/or tribal community’s efforts to increase access to healthy and fresh foods for vulnerable children, families, and communities. Additionally, projects will help increase awareness of and involvement with where their food comes from, expand knowledge of the linkages of food to Native cultures, and/or contribute to tribal economic growth and development of entrepreneurially-related food ventures.

Priority will be given to projects aimed at increasing the availability of healthy, locally-produced foods in Native communities, reducing food insecurity, increasing entrepreneurship and/or programs that create systemic change by increasing community control of local food systems. Moreover, this project will give priority to organizations that can assist and contribute to the development of emerging and promising practices in strengthening Native food systems.

Amount: Up to 12 awards with an average award size of $35,000 each.

Eligibility: U.S. based Native American-controlled nonprofits; Native-controlled community organizations with fiscal sponsorship; Native 7871 organizations; or federal- and state-recognized tribal governments and tribal government programs, such as tribal arts programs, heritage departments, economic development entities, etc.

Link: http://www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/2017NAFSI

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