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Deadline: May 5, 2017

First Nations Development Institute: Nourishing Native Children – Feeding Our Future

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) has launched the new “Nourishing Native Children: Feeding our Future” grant program, which falls under First Nations’ larger Native American Food Security Project. The project will provide grants to Native communities interested in expanding nutrition resources for existing programs that serve American Indian children ages 6-14.

Accessing healthy food is a challenge for many Native American children and families. For many Native children, meals provided by their school or nonprofit service provider, or through a take-home food program, may be the most consistent and/or nutritionally-balanced food they receive. The grant program’s goal is to support Native American, community-based feeding programs and to learn from these and other models about best practices, challenges, barriers to success, and systemic and policy issues affecting Native children’s hunger, and foster partnerships among programs.

First Nations is seeking existing Native American education programs that currently reach or will expand to reach a significant number of Native children in tribal communities that have significant rates of food insecurity or hunger. First Nations will also focus on programs that demonstrate the ability to collect data necessary to demonstrate impact, indicate willingness to participate in the project’s learning convening, and which have the potential for extrapolating lessons learned and best practices that will have relevance for other feeding programs for Native children. First Nations seeks programs that already have a programmatic component in place or indicate a strong interest in working toward systemic changes or policy changes to address children’s hunger in their communities and that will be sustainable beyond this grant period.

In conjunction with the grant opportunity, First Nations will host a one-day convening with one representative from each of the 10 selected grantees to gather that information. The convening will be held October 2-5, 2017, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in conjunction with the national Food Sovereignty Summit that is co-hosted by First Nations and the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin.

Amount: Up to 10 grants of up to $15,000 each will be awarded in at least three states.

Eligibility: Schools serving a primarily Native student body, Native nonprofit organizations that are Native-controlled 501(c)3s or tribally-controlled, and tribes. Eligible applicants will be rural- or reservation-based and will have existing feeding programs (not startups) and will provide nutritious food either at their facilities and/or through take-home programs (like backpack programs).

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

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