Gather Food Sovereignty Grant

Gather Food Sovereignty Grant

Funder Name or Agency: First Nations Development Institute
Funding Sources: Private Foundation
Elligible Entities: Tribal Governments, Non-Profit Organization
Funding Amount: $32000
Deadline: January 14, 2021
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For forty years, the First Nations Development Institute (First Nations), a Native-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has worked to strengthen American Indian economies to support healthy Native communities by investing in and creating innovative institutions and models that strengthen asset control and support economic development for American Indian people and their communities.

To that end, First Nations is inviting applications for its Gather Food Sovereignty Grant program, which was established with support from the Indigenous Peoples Fund at the Tides Foundation. Through the program, up to thirteen grants of up to $32,000 will be awarded in support of work that contributes to building a national movement that advances a vision of Native communities and food systems that are self-directed, well-resourced, and supported by community policies and systems. The opportunity is especially interested in emerging projects focused on developing tribal food sovereignty.

Examples of allowable activities include but are not limited to community food assessments that examine the economic impact of food system assets and advance planning for next steps; projects aimed at increasing local food system control, including increasing access to fresh and healthy foods; increasing local food distribution and marketing to end-use institutions (e.g., schools or local and tribal businesses) and larger markets and/or strategic community planning around food sovereignty projects; and increasing the capacity of food producers to manage environmental, community, and social/political impacts of policy on food systems.

Eligible applicants include federal- and state-recognized tribal governments (i.e., tribal government programs such as tribal arts programs, heritage departments, economic development entities, etc.); Native-controlled 501(c)(3) nonprofits; Native-controlled community organizations with fiscal sponsorship; and Native 7871 organizations.

First Nations hosted two free webinars for applicants to ask questions about the application, selection criteria, and guidelines. While participation in these webinars was not mandatory, there’s still an opportunity to download webinar recordings and presentations. Access the materials here.