First Nations “Nourishing Native Children: Feeding our Future” Grant Program

Deadline: 5 May 2017

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) has launched the new “Nourishing Native Children: Feeding our Future” grant program, which falls under First Nations’ larger Native American Food Security Project. The project will provide grants to Native communities interested in expanding nutrition resources for existing programs that serve American Indian children ages 6-14.

The project’s two-fold goal is to support 10 Native American, community-based feeding programs in at least three states serving Native children aged 6-14, and to learn from these and other models about best practices, challenges, barriers to success, systemic and policy issues affecting Native children’s hunger, and foster partnerships among programs.

In conjunction with this grant opportunity, First Nations will host a facilitated, one-day convening with one representative from each of the 10 selected grantees to gather that information. The convening will be held October 2-5, 2017, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, in conjunction with the national Food Sovereignty Summit that is co-hosted by First Nations and the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin.

Funding Information

With the generous support of the Walmart Foundation, First Nations plans to award up to 10 grants of up to $15,000 each to continue or expand existing nutrition efforts.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Entities eligible to apply are schools serving a primarily Native student body, Native nonprofit organizations that are Native-controlled 501(c)3s or tribally-controlled, and tribes.
  • Eligible applicants will be rural- or reservation-based and will have existing feeding programs (not startups) and will provide nutritious food either at their facilities and/or through take-home programs (like backpack programs) to Native children aged 6-14.
  • First Nations is seeking existing Native American education programs that currently reach or will expand to reach a significant number of Native children in tribal communities that have significant rates of food insecurity or hunger.
  • First Nations will also focus on programs that demonstrate the ability to collect data necessary to demonstrate impact, indicate willingness to participate in this project’s learning convening, and which have the potential for extrapolating lessons learned and best practices that will have relevance for other feeding programs for Native children.
  • First Nations seeks programs that already have a programmatic component in place or indicate a strong interest in working toward systemic changes or policy changes to address children’s hunger in their communities and that will be sustainable beyond this grant period.

How to Apply

All applicants can apply online via given website.

Eligible Country: United States

For more information, please visit First Nations.

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