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Fertile Ground Advocacy Campaign Grant

Grants to USA Native-Led Nonprofits, Agencies, and Community
Organizations for Programs Related to Health and Nutrition

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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First Nations Development Institute

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Deadline Date:

04/09/19 5:00 PM Mountain Time


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Grants starting at $75,000 to USA Native-led nonprofits, agencies, and community organizations for programs focusing on health and nutrition. Funding is intended to support Native-based advocacy efforts to promote innovative policies and policymaking ideas that will benefit Native American nutrition and health by improving access to healthy foods, reducing consumption of sugary beverages and foods, and strengthening food sovereignty work that is rooted in tradition, culture and Indigenous knowledge. Projects should work to improve nutrition and health outcomes, including but not limited to leading community organizing, increasing Native access to healthy foods, nutrition and health outcomes. Youth-led projects are encouraged, as are projects that include engagement of youth advocates

First Nations seeks projects that promote the development and passage of policies and policy systems change. These could include such things as “ground-softening” efforts and campaigns focused on increasing access to healthy, affordable and Native-produced food, or improving nutrition and health outcomes for Native peoples. Selection will favor activities that demonstrate:
- Innovative changes to existing policies or new policies in Indian Country and/or affecting Native people regarding improving nutrition and health outcomes.
- That they can help strengthen Native American, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian communities.
- A clear focus of advocacy campaigns that advance a specific public policy or policy systems change.
- Strong leadership that reflects the community served.
- Projects involving community organizing around access to healthy foods, nutrition and other health outcomes.
- Direct engagement of target audiences within the planning, implementation and evaluation process.

For additional information regarding selection criteria, see:

To support the success of Native grantees and advocates, the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF), a Native-governed nonprofit organization, will provide technical assistance as a part of this grant. This will include regular consultations with grantees, training, onsite visits and support for grantee convening and planning activities.

Examples of allowable activities under this funding opportunity include, but are not limited to:
- Policy advocacy
- Policy drafting
- Policy implementation
- Policy Research
- “Ground-softening” directly leading to policy work
- Policy meeting.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185549

Number of Grants:

Up to 5

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of $75,000 to $100,000 each.

Term of Contract:

The grant period for this funding opportunity will commence May 1, 2019, and end April 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Types of eligible applicants include, but are not limited to:
- Federal- and State-Recognized Tribal Governments (Tribal Government Programs such as Food and Agriculture Programs, Economic Development Entities, etc.).
- Native-Controlled 501(c)(3) Nonprofits.
- Native-Controlled Community Organizations with Fiscal Sponsorship.
- Native 7871 Organizations.

First Nations defines “Native-controlled” as an organization in which a majority of the Board of Directors and leadership team are Native American, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian.

First Nations does not currently provide funding for individuals, public schools or
organizations serving American Indians that are not Native-controlled or tribally operated. Furthermore, urban groups that serve only off-reservation tribal members are unlikely to be funded outside of specifically-targeted opportunities.

Examples of unallowable activities under this funding opportunity include:
- Lobbying
- Entertainment
- Construction
- Other non-advocacy expenses

Pre-proposal Conference:

First Nations will host two optional Question & Answer (Q&A) Webinars Sessions for interested applicants prior to the application deadline. These Q&A sessions will provide an opportunity for applicants to ask questions about the application, selection criteria, guidelines or other related questions. Participation is NOT mandatory, but applicants are strongly encouraged to participate.

The Application Q&A Webinars will be held on:
- Friday, March 15, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. Mountain Time
- Thursday, March 21, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. Mountain Time

Registration URL:

The Webinar ID is: 833-383-995

Pre-Application Information:

All applicants must complete the First Nations online grant application, including submission of necessary attachments, no later than Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

Any exceptions to the use of the online system must be made at least two weeks in advance of the application deadline by submitting an email request to program staff. Please include your name, organization, contact information and the name of the RFP for which you are applying. If you do not have access to email you can call the office and ask to speak with a member of the Grantmaking Department.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Submit an email request to:

Rana LaPine
(303) 774-7836

First Nations Development Institute
2432 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Longmont, CO 80501
Fax: 303.774.7841

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming