Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples
The Seventh Generation Fund directs grant support to culturally-grounded Indigenous community organizing efforts initiated and led by the communities impacted. It recognizes that Indigenous Peoples, communities, and nations understand the issues they face and are best suited
to design solutions and programs that remedy the Fund’s concerns. The Fund’s general grantmaking program supports projects engaged in community organizing endeavors, issue advocacy, cultural revitalization, strengthening Indigenous knowledge systems and practices, and Native leadership development, in the following programs:
- Community Empowerment and Cultural Vitality: Supporting strategies for building viable, culturally-ecologically-economically healthy communities grounded in Indigenous language, creative expression, lifeways, and worldviews.
- Thriving Women: Amplifying Native women-led work around birthkeeping, motherhood, kinship systems, cultural continuity, and reclaiming a world without violence against Native women. Prioritizing the response to, prevention of, and healing from violence against Native women and recognizing that health is connected with the vitality of Mother Earth.
- Land Defenders and Water Protectors: Supporting Native led actions against incursions, unwanted development, and extractive industries as well as threats to sacred sites in Indigenous communities, lands, and territories. Land Defenders and Water Protectors grants will be available for Indigenous Peoples’ community based organizations doing frontline advocacy and peaceful direct actions responding to the desecration of Mother Earth.
In addition to the grants programs mentioned above, the Fund offers the following two programs that accept applications on an ongoing basis:
- Travel Song Initiative provides grants to support travel for Indigenous Peoples’ participation in regional, national, and international meetings, advocacy, skills building, and decision making opportunities
- Mini Grants of up to $500 (focus areas not defined)
Amount: Grants ranges per program are:
- Thriving Women’s Program: Grants range from $1,000-$30,000
- Land Defender and Water Protector Program: Grants range from $500-$10,000
- Community Empowerment and Cultural Vitality Program: Grants range up to $10,000
- Travel Song Initiative: Grants range up to $5,000
- Mini Grants: Grants range up to $500
Eligibility: An eligible organization is defined as one that has the following characteristics:
- Is an Indigenous-initiated and led community-based organization that has 501(c)(3) determination or one that has a fiscal manager/sponsor
- Is a Native American/Indigenous Peoples’ initiative or project that accomplishes its work within the community it serves (reservation, reserve, rancheria, rural, urban, etc.)
- Is Indigenous/Native led – at a minimum 80% of its board of directors/leadership (policy and decision-makers) are Indigenous peoples
- Has a majority Indigenous/Native American individuals on staff who are engaged at all levels of the organization/project, not solely as administrative or support staff
- Has an annual operating budget of less than $200,000
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