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Apprenticeships to USA Native American Farmers and Ranchers
in Multiple States for Training and Business Development

Native Farmer and Rancher Apprenticeship Network

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First Nations Development Institute (First Nations)

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Deadline Date:

01/14/22 5:00 PM MT


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Apprenticeships of up to $7,500 to Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Arizona, and New Mexico Native American farmers and ranchers. The purpose of the program is to help agricultural business owners develop organizational capacity and agricultural management practices.

The goal of the First Nations Native Farmer and Rancher Apprenticeship Network is to provide training and Technical Assistance (TA) as well as networking opportunities to a cohort of 30 select Native American Beginning Farmer and Ranchers (BFRs) to expand their business capacity and strengthen land management strategies. Eligible applicants should be located in one of the following six states: Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Arizona, and New Mexico.

Applicants should be willing to commit to a 30-month apprenticeship, which will involve traveling to regional in-person trainings, participating in virtual webinars and fieldwork, and networking with other producers. The purpose of this apprenticeship is to support Native BFRs to build their business capacity and agricultural management of their operations to increase local production of and community access to food, conservation plan development, business plan development, marketing/branding, Native agricultural traditions, and natural resources management.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 199697

Estimated Size of Grant:

Selected Native American beginning farmers and ranchers will receive an incentive not exceeding the amount of $7,500. In addition, each apprentice will receive individualized technical assistance to deepen their work.

Term of Contract:

The apprenticeship period for this funding opportunity is February 1, 2022, to July 31, 2024.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Native American beginning farmers and ranchers eligible to apply include U.S.-based, BFRs that are involved in agriculture, conservation and ecological stewardship activities directly related to eliminating Native food insecurity, building the health of communities and community members, and as a mechanism for entrepreneurship and economic development in the Great Plains (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin) and the Southwest (Arizona and New Mexico).

Types of eligible applicants include, but are not limited to:
• Applicants must be tribally-affiliated with a Native American community in the Great Plains and Southwest.
• Applicants must be at least 18 years old.
• Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
• Beginning Farmer and Rancher with 10-years of less of experience.
• Proof of access to land includes: Private, Grazing Permits, and Leases.

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:
● Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at 12 pm MT
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Pre-Application Information:

Completed applications are due January 14, 2022 no later than 5 pm MT.

Any exceptions to use of the online system must be requested at least two weeks in advance of the application deadline by submitting an email request to the email address listed below.

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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 call for applications or this specific opportunity, please contact Leiloni Begaye by email at and Richard Elm-Hill by email at or by phone at 303-774-7836.

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

Tel: 303.774.7836
Fax: 303.774.7841

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona;   Minnesota;   New Mexico;   North Dakota;   South Dakota;   Wisconsin

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