The Seventh Generation Fund is inviting applications for Community Vitality to Strengthen Indigenous identity by revitalizing cultural lifeways, creativity, and connection with a focus on community organizing.
Community Vitality supports projects that are rooted in relationship to land, healing, cultural revitalization and knowledge sharing. The weaving of intergenerational kinships, honoring elder and youth relationships, and nurturing cultural transmission strategies is supported through this work. The following pathways amplify projects culturally grounded practices and social justice:
- Traditional Foodways bring vitality, food sovereignty, food security, and support for subsistence food strategies to their communities.
- Community-Based Healing rooted in traditional health and healing, community wellness and ceremonial practices.
- Language Revitalization and Creative Expression strengthens cultural identity and intergenerational learning and kinship; tribal language revitalization, communications, and fluency, creativity and arts development, and builds community cohesion.
- Traditional Wisdom and Cultural Knowledge Sharing practices which restore Indigenous identities, knowledge systems and practices, cultural mapping and curriculum development, and culturally rooted leadership development.
- Grant Award Range: $500 to $50,000 (average grant award: $10,000 – $25,000).
- All applications must be submitted by Indigenous Peoples. Eligible applicants:
- Emerge from and are led by the Indigenous Peoples served and who are impacted by the issues, methods, and outcomes.
- Nurture and center the culture, language, values, traditional knowledge systems, and healthy lifeways of the Indigenous Peoples involved in and served by the project.
- Have 80% or more Indigenous Peoples in decision-making leadership as the Board of Directors or other decision-making entity, and have an Indigenous Executive Director, all Indigenous co-Directors/Project leaders, and Indigenous Peoples engaged throughout all aspects of the organization.
- Are an SGF Affiliate Project, a non-profit with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, a federally-recognized tribal nation project, or have a fiscal sponsor. If fiscally sponsored, the Seventh Generation Fund prioritizes applicants with Indigenous or People of Color fiscal sponsoring organizations.
- Have a project budget of <$500,000. Community-based organizing projects are prioritized.
- Are in good standing with Seventh Generation Fund without reports due or outstanding issues.
For more information, visit https://7genfund.submittable.com/submit