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Grants to USA Tribes and Native-Controlled Nonprofits
for Projects to Promote Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding and First Foods Grant

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Foundation / Corporation

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First Nations Development Institute (First Nations)

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Deadline Date:

11/30/21 5:00 PM Mountain Time


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Grants of up to $32,000 to USA and territories Tribes and native-controlled nonprofit organizations for projects to promote breastfeeding. Funding is intended to reinforce traditional food systems within indigenous communities. Projects should focus on promoting breastfeeding practices, boosting nutrition of lactating parents, increasing traditional food access for infants and young children, and enriching community-led food production with a focus on youth involvement.

With the support of the Keepseagle endowment, First Nations will establish a Breastfeeding and First Foods Grant that reinforces Native traditional food systems, supports producers/practitioners of traditional food systems, and communicates the value of traditional foods in a Tribal food system. The Breastfeeding and First Foods Grant aims to support communities and programs focused on increasing access to first foods and supporting culturally appropriate lactation practices for Native parents, caretakers and young children. Food preferences begin early, making the diet of both the lactating parent and child important for the future health and dietary habits of the child.

Examples of allowable activities under this funding opportunity include, but are not limited to:

  • Creating and leading workshops on breastfeeding and/or breastfeeding support groups, including salaries and staff time
  • Community services such as in-house breastfeeding support
  • Conducting a community assessment of prenatal exposure to first foods and/or first food consumption during lactation
  • Projects aimed at increasing local food system control, including increasing access to first foods
  • Increasing local traditional food distribution to families with newborns/young children
  • Community trainings for midwives, doulas, or lactation consultants
  • Community efforts to expose young children and their caregivers to traditional food 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 199516

Number of Grants:

Up to 12 grant awards

Estimated Size of Grant:

Total requests for project budgets within this funding opportunity should not exceed $32,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period for this funding opportunity will commence January 1, 2022, and end December 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Types of eligible applicants include, but are not limited to:
- Federal- and State-Recognized Tribal Governments (Tribal Government Programs, such as Tribal Arts Programs, Heritage Departments, 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
- Capital construction projects (including the construction, purchase, renovation, and/or furnishing of facilities)
- Funding of individuals
- Development campaigns
- Endowments
- Scholarships or tuition assistance

Pre-proposal Conference:

First Nations will host an optional Question & Answer (Q&A) Session for interested applicants prior to the application deadline. This Q&A session will provide an opportunity for applicants to ask questions about the application, selection criteria, guidelines, or other related questions. Participation is NOT mandatory; however, applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in the call.
The Application Q&A Session will be held on:
- Thursday, November 11, 2021, at 11 am MT
- Registration URL:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due November 30, 2021.

Unfortunately, First Nations cannot make any emergency exceptions to application deadlines. Partial applications, incomplete applications due to user error, or faxed/emailed/mailed applications will not be considered unless they have received prior approval.

First Nations recognizes that some of its most rural and remote applicants may have limited access to high-speed Internet. Any exceptions to 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.

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

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Should you have any additional questions about the RFP or this specific funding opportunity, please contact Rana LaPine by email at or by phone at (303) 774-7836.

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