First Nations Institute: Native Agriculture and Food Systems Projects
First Nations plans to support projects that 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 improve a tribe and/or tribal community’s effort to increase access to healthy and fresh foods for vulnerable children, families, and communities. Additionally, desired projects will help increase awareness of and involvement with where their 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.
In the past, this project has supported a variety of innovative projects, including: food sovereignty assessments, farmers’ markets, farm-to-school programs, food co-ops, youth agricultural mentorship projects, and traditional foods projects, to name a few. Priority will be given to projects aimed at increasing the availability of healthy, locally-produced foods in Native communities, reducing food insecurity, 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: A total of 10 grants averaging $30,000 each will be awarded.
Eligibility: U.S.-based, Native American-controlled, nonprofit 501(c)(3), tribal organizations, or Native American community-based groups committed to increasing healthy food access in rural and reservation-based Native communities and improving the health and well-being of Native American children and families.
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