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Grants to USA Native American Youth and Young Adults Partnering with Nonprofits for Projects Addressing Environmental Issues

Dreamstarter Grant


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Funding Source
Running Strong for American Indian Youth
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Important Dates
Deadline: 01/03/23 11:59 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants of $20,000 USA Native American youth and young adults partnering with nonprofit organizations, schools, or tribal organizations for projects addressing environmental issues in their communities. Funding is intended to support the development of solutions to systemic environmental injustices.

Do you have a dream of seeing elders teach youth cultural ways of protecting the environment? Are you passionate about food sovereignty in Native communities? Do you have an idea to increase access to clean water or safe housing in your community? Would you love to see schools or youth programs teach about how unsafe environments adversely and disproportionately affect tribal communities and communities of color? Do you want to advocate for healthy and safe living conditions? You are invited to apply for a Dreamstarter grant to realize your dream.

All Dreamstarter applicants are encouraged to undertake projects that tackle an important systemic environmental issue in their own communities and use their cultural and traditional teachings to develop and implement a solution. When it comes to using Indigenous solutions to address environmental injustice, there is no dream too small or too big.

Environmental Justice project areas can include:

  • Water Access, Infrastructure, & Sovereignty
  • Climate Change & Resilience
  • Food Security & Sovereignty
  • Safe Housing
  • Clean Air
  • Women’s Health & Safety
  • Mental Health & Wellness
  • Tribal Sovereignty
  • Indigenous Land Stewardship & Conservation
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge
  • Waste Management (Hazardous, Biodegradable, Consumer Products)
  • Environmental Justice Education


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
1. Applicants must apply in partnership with a registered 501©3 or 7871 nonprofit organization, known as the Mentor Organization. Mentor Organizations should be schools, non-profits, or tribal organizations working in Indian Country and to which the Applicant has a personal connection.
2. Applicants must be enrolled in a state or federally recognized tribal nation.
3. Applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 30 at the time of application

Pre-Application Information
- September 1, 2022: Applications open
- January 3, 2023: Applications are due by 11:59 pm EST.
- February 21, 2023: Successful applicants notified.
- March 30 – April 2, 2023: Dreamstarter Academy with all Dreamstarters & Mentors. Location TBD.
- April 2, 2023: First half of grant funding dispursed.
- November 15, 2023: Program Update due
- November 15, 2023: Second half of grant funding dispersed upon submission of update reporting.
- June 30, 2024: Grant period ENDS and all grant monies must be spent.
- August 15, 2024: All receipts and Grant Report due

Estimated Size of Grant

Term of Contract
April 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024: All Dreamstarter funds must be used during this period.

Dreamstarter Grantees and Mentors are required attend Dreamstarter Academy from March 30 to April 2, 2023.

Contact Information
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For questions:

Running Strong for American Indian Youth
8301 Richmond Highway Ste. 200
Alexandria, VA 22309

Toll Free: 1-888-491-985
(703) 317-9881 | Fax: (703) 659-6231

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