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Green Infrastructure Capacity Building Grant

Grants to Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and British
Columbia Tribes, Nonprofits, and Individuals for Environmental Projects

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Na’ah Illahee Fund (NIF) - Native Community Crisis Response (NCCR) Fund

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Grants of up to $50,000 to Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia tribal governments, indigenous-led nonprofit organizations and community groups, and individuals for environmental projects. Funding is intended to support projects addressing renewable energy, clean waterways, and sustainable buildings. This includes the restoration of cultural spaces for Indigenous peoples to gather in nature.

As Native people, Na’ah Illahee Fund sees the land as a living entity and tailor their work and grantmaking to support this concept for their relatives. They work in relationship with Mother Earth to strengthen her living systems in acts of support, reciprocity and respect. Na’ah Illahee places high value on sustainability projects in Indian Country that provide long-lasting results and move towards regenerative economies. Water is sacred, as is its protection. Revitalization of local waterways is critical to rejuvenate indigenous homelands. NIF provides support for projects that include the development and integration of projects geared toward renewable energy, energy sovereignty, solid waste management, stormwater management, land restoration and clean waterways. They support restoration and stewardship of culturally relevant sites and promote the healing of the land. They encourage organizations to apply who address unjust policies that have disproportionately resulted in decades of environmental degradation and negative impacts on Indigenous peoples' lands.

NIF seeks to fund the development of projects that aim to revitalize and strengthen Mother Earth and her living systems. They are looking to fund the capacity of groups who are doing the work and will implement Integrated and Green Infrastructure projects in their community.

Project must include at least one of these focus areas:

  • Integrated Water Systems: Wastewater treatment, potable water treatment (drinking water), reusable water and grey water recycling systems
  • Projects that reduce and treat stormwater: Examples include: permeable pavements/depaving, bioswale soil/plant systems, urban tree canopy, rain gardens, rainwater harvesting, green streets and alleys, green parking, green roofs, and stormwater reuse
  • Implementation of Clean, Renewable Energy: Energy systems from natural sources such as sunlight, wind or biomass
  • Projects aimed at energy footprint reduction and a green economy through the use of solar or wind energy (transitioning from non-sustainable energy sources like coal, natural gas, and fossil fuels)
  • Energy Sovereignty: projects addressing modernization of Tribal communities’ control over their own energy systems through integration of clean energy systems and regulation through planning and policy development (transitioning away from non-sustainable energy sources like coal, natural gas, and fossil fuels)
  • Integrated Solid Waste Management Systems: Waste prevention, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recovery and Composting
  • Land conservation and the restoration of culturally significant sites, habitats, and ecosystems

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197463

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards up to $50,000

Term of Contract:

Grants will be paid over 2 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
1. Indigenous or First Nation-led nonprofit organizations or community groups with Fiscal Sponsor (80%+ Indigenous people in a leadership role With Tribal Affiliation)
2. Native American Tribes, First Nation Bands or Departments of Tribal Governments/First Nation Bands
3. Indigenous or First Nation Individuals (With Tribal Affiliation)

For NIF, Indigenous includes anyone who holds tribal affiliation/identifies with Indigenous nations in North, Central, or South America or identifies as Native Hawaiian.

If you are in need of Fiscal Sponsorship please contact Joni Crines by email. These will be determined on a case by case basis.

As a result, the Green Infrastructure Grant does not provide grants to:
- Groups that practice or promote racism, sexism, homophobia, or any form of oppression or exploitation of
other humans or the natural world
- Promote or support violence, aggression, or oppression or any infringement on other people
- Force, coerce or exclude others based on religious or spiritual beliefs
- Are not making an effort to be environmentally responsible
- Are connected to political parties, political rallies or otherwise partisan in their work

Pre-proposal Conference:

NIF will be hosting another virtual info session on July 23rd at 3:30-4:30PM (PST).

Contact Cece Hoffman to register.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications accepted until July 30, 2021

The Grantmaking Committee will perform review of submitted applications from July 24 - August 10, award letters (and denials) will be sent late August 2021. Na’ah Illahee Fund will send checks with award letters via U.S. mail.

Na’ah Illahee Fund will want to know what impact your efforts have had in your Native community and how the funds were spent. Final reporting is required by December 31, 2021.

Contact Information:

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

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If you have questions, seek clarification or would like some assistance with your application, please contact:
Joni Crines, Grants Program Officer via email: or phone: (206) 565-8041.

To register for the virtual info session:
Cece Hoffman

Street Address: 1620 18th Ave. Suite 101, Seattle WA, 98122
Mailing Address: Na’ah Illahee Fund, PO Box 17844, Seattle, WA 98127

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska;   Idaho;   Montana;   Oregon;   Washington

Canada: British Columbia;

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