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Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples invites Proposals for ‘Thriving Women’ Program

Deadline: 7 June 2019

The Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples is inviting proposals for its Thriving Women Program to support Indigenous women-led, community-based projects that empower Native Peoples to address gender violence and restore wellness (individual, family, and community).

Thriving Women projects nurture healthy and thriving Native communities, and reclaim a world without violence against Native women, children and families.

Focus Areas

Applications should include work related to any or all of the following areas:

  • Birthkeeping, Motherhood, and Kinship: Projects centralize traditional birthing systems, motherhood, and kinship-building, such as midwifery, prenatal community education, and sisterhood convenings/groups.
  • Cultural Continuity: Projects support Native Identity development and cultural education of women and girls, such as on ancestral languages, traditional foods and lands, coming-of-age ceremonies, Indigenous concepts of gender and community roles, and other cultural activities.
  • A World Without Violence Against Women: Projects include leadership development, emergency shelter and crisis support services, issue advocacy, educational workshops, and traditional approaches to healing and protection.

Funding Information

  • $1,000 to $30,000 for Contiguous United States, Native Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • $10,000 to $50,000 for Native Alaska

Eligible Projects

Potential projects may include:

  • Reviving subsistence and traditional food systems
  • Traditional health and wellness practices (birthkeeping, healing, arts, dancing, etc.)
  • Gendered violence issue advocacy (events, workshops, campaigns, etc.)
  • Culturally appropriate crisis services/trauma support
  • Multi-generational leadership gatherings
  • Bolstering coming-of-age ceremonies
  • Exploring the link between extractive industries and violence against Native women/girls

Eligibility Criteria

Organizations that wish to apply must adhere to the following:

  • Be a non-profit organization with 501(3)(c) tax-exemption status. Community based projects that do not have non-profit status are welcome to contact SGF regarding Affiliate Program / Fiscal Administration for consideration of our Affiliate Program.
  • Engagement, Leadership & Decision-making – 80% or more Indigenous Board of Directors, with majority Indigenous women, and an Indigenous Executive Director.
  • Emerge directly from the community and are led by the Indigenous Peoples impacted by the project.
  • Be in good standing with the Seventh Generation Fund.

How to Apply

Required application materials, directions, and Proposal Coversheet must be submitted either via postal or email at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit http://www.7genfund.org/thriving-women

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