Notah Begay III Foundation: Learning Community Action GrantsDeadline: July 15, 2016
The high consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) has been linked to obesity and nutrition related diseases. Native American children, in particular, have been disproportionately affected. Learning Community Action Grants are focused on changing this trajectory by removing sugary beverages from the diet of Native American children and creating healthy habits for these children in their earliest years of life. These grants will build on the knowledge, assets, and values of Native Americans and their communities, by providing financial support, technical assistance and a peer learning community to catalyze and inspire healthy habits and behaviors among Native American children in Arizona, Navajo Nation, and New Mexico. Grants will fund projects that are working on the elimination of SSBs and:
- The increased consumption of safe drinking water; and/or
- The promotion of breastfeeding for young children.
The first 8 months of the grant period will focus on understanding and documenting the landscape of the community. This phase will be an opportunity for community planning and asset mapping. The information gathered will help build an action framework to identify and implement strategies during the rest of the grant period that focus on the elimination of SSBs and the increased consumption of safe drinking water and/or the promotion of breastfeeding for young children. At the end of the grant period, at least one policy or systems change strategy that eliminates sugar-sweetened beverages in the community will have been successfully implemented. Examples of strategies that could be implemented include:
- Prohibit SSBs in early childhood learning centers and afterschool programs and make safe water readily available
- Community policy on no SSBs sold/allowed at traditional community gatherings and promote healthy alternatives
- Restrict sales and marketing of SSBs on and near school grounds
- Tax SSBs
- Launch public awareness campaign regarding the importance of the consumption of safe drinking water and the negative health impact of SSBs
- Create and implement a public awareness campaign to encourage breastfeeding friendly workplaces
Amount: Nine multi-year (2.5 year) grants of up to $100,000 each ($75,000 for grant activities and $25,000 travel allocation) will be awarded. Of the nine, two will be awarded in Arizona (outside of the Navajo Nation) and seven will be awarded in New Mexico and the Navajo Nation.
Eligibility: U.S.-based Native American-controlled nonprofits, federally or state recognized tribal governments or programs, or Native American community-based groups with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor. Schools are not eligible to apply unless they have 501(c)(3) status. Applications from New Mexico, Navajo Nation, and Arizona will be accepted.
Note: An informational webinar will be held for prospective applicants on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.