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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:

11/14/19 5:00 PM Mountain Time


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Grants ranging from $50,000 to $80,000 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.

Selected grantees under this opportunity must use funding to advance Native American nutritional and health-related policies, policymaking approaches, community power, and change at the tribal, local, state and national levels. Youth-led projects are encouraged, as are projects that include engagement of youth advocates. Please note that projects must directly work to create, support, prepare for, or implement policy.

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

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.
  • Proper alignment with stated funding priorities and eligibility guidelines.
  • The ability and/or experience necessary to successfully promote and pass the proposed policy.
  • Strong leadership that reflects the community served.
  • A clear plan of action with specific, measurable and realistic goals and objectives.
  • Logical and sequential development of project or program-implementation timelines.
  • Accurate, reasonable and consistent project budget.
  • Periodic assessment, documentation and dissemination of progress and final results.
  • Feasibility, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability of the proposed project.
  • Sufficient organizational capacity to successfully implement the proposed project or programs.
  • 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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185549

Number of Grants:

Up to 7 grants will be awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

$50,000 - $80,000

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, trainings, onsite visits and support for grantee convening and planning activities.

Term of Contract:

The grant period for this funding opportunity will commence December 1, 2019, and end September 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 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.

Organizations located and/or serving communities outside of the United States or U.S. Territories are not eligible to apply.

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 and 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 and A Webinars will be held on:
- Thursday, October 10, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. Mountain Time
Registration URL:
The Webinar ID is: 577-526-123

- Monday, October 21, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. Mountain Time
Registration URL:
The Webinar ID is: 141-923-323

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is Thursday, November 14, 2019, no later than 5:00 PM Mountain Time.

First Nations recognizes that some of the most rural and remote applicants may have limited access to high-speed internet. 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. 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.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

For questions, contact:
(303) 774-7836

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

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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

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