First Nations is Accepting “Nourishing Native Children: Feeding Our Future” Grant Applications

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) has launched a new grant program called “Nourishing Native Children: Feeding Our Future” thanks to generous funding provided by the Walmart Foundation. The effort will provide grants to Native American communities interested in expanding nutrition resources for existing programs that serve American Indian children ages 6-14. First Nations plans to award up to 10 grants of up to $15,000 each to continue or expand existing nutrition efforts.

The deadline for all online grant applications is May 5, 2017.
The grant period will commence June 1, 2017, and end January 31, 2018. The full Request for Proposals and the application link can be found at http://www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/2017NourishingNativeChildren.

For many Native children, meals provided by their school, nonprofit service provider, or through a take-home food program, may be the most consistent and/or nutritionally-balanced food they receive. The project’s two-fold goal is to support 10 Native American, community-based feeding programs in at least three states serving Native children ages 6-14, and to learn from these programs and other model programs about best practices, challenges, barriers to success, and systemic and policy issues affecting Native children’s hunger, and to foster partnerships among programs.

In conjunction with this grant opportunity, First Nations will host a facilitated, one-day convening with one representative from each of the 10 selected grantees to gather information, provide a networking opportunity, and discuss promising models and practices. The convening will be held during the national Food Sovereignty Summit between October 2 and 5, 2017, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Summit is co-hosted by First Nations and the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin.

Entities eligible to apply are schools serving a primarily Native student body, Native nonprofit organizations that are Native-controlled 501(c)3s or tribally-controlled, and tribes. Eligible applicants will be rural- or reservation-based and will have existing feeding programs (not startups) and will provide nutritious food either at their facilities and/or through take-home programs (like backpack programs) to Native children aged 6-14.

First Nations is seeking existing Native American education programs that currently reach or will expand to reach a significant number of Native children in tribal communities that have significant rates of food insecurity or hunger. First Nations will also focus on programs that demonstrate the ability to collect data necessary to demonstrate impact, indicate willingness to participate in this project’s learning convening, and which have the potential for extrapolating lessons learned and best practices that will have relevance for other feeding programs for Native children. First Nations seeks programs that already have a programmatic policy component in place or indicate a strong interest in working toward systemic changes or policy changes to address children’s hunger in their communities and that will be sustainable beyond this grant period.

Nutrition Education Grants Available for Food Distribution Programs on Indian Reservations Due August 23!

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First Nations Development Institute (First Nations), under its new “Nutrition Education for Native American Communities” project, will provide grants to Native American communities interested in starting or expanding nutrition education programming for Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) recipients. With the generous support of the Walmart Foundation, First Nations plans to award up to 30 grants totaling $10,000 each to FDPIR programs that expand access to nutrition education programs in Native communities and measure the effectiveness of education interventions.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

For full information on this grant opportunity or to begin an application, please visit http://www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/2016FDPIR

Take a Look at The First Nations Development Institute’s First Study on “Indian Country Food Price Index”

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Read First Nations Development Institute’s (FDNI) first study on “Indian Country Food Price Index” and learn about food deserts in Indian Country.  A second study is coming up and your urban Indian community or Tribal Government can be part of it.  FDNI’s solutions focused efforts being led by Indigenous practitioners and scholars to develop practical resources for us is such a breath of fresh clean air in academia!  Anushiik FDNI!

Link to report:  http://indiangiver.firstnations.org/nl160708-05/

First Nations is Accepting Proposals for Food Sovereignty Assessment Grants Due August 10th!

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First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is now accepting proposals from Native communities interested in conducting food sovereignty or community food assessments. Under the Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative (NAFSI), generously supported by the NoVo Foundation Fund at the Tides Foundation, First Nations plans to distribute up to 20 grant awards averaging $20,000 each to Native communities looking to conduct food assessments and gain a better knowledge and understanding about the historical, current and future state of their local food systems.

All applications are due by Wednesday, August 10, 2016, at 5 p.m. Mountain Time.

For full information, a list of additional resources, and to begin an application, please visit http://www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/2016NoVoFSA.

New Grant Opportunity Available! Apply for the Native Agriculture & Food System Project Grants by January 25th

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First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is accepting grant proposals under its Native Agriculture & Food Systems Initiative (NAFSI) for projects that will be conducted between March 2016 and February 2017. First Nations plans to distribute up to 10 grant awards averaging $30,000 each to support projects that aim to strengthen local food-system control; increase access to local, healthy and traditional foods; and decrease food insecurity and food deserts, all with an emphasis on serving Native American children and families.
There will be two informational conference calls scheduled for January 6, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. MST and January 12, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. MST. The call in number for both calls is: 1-877-427-7602 (toll-free).  The Conference Code is 7315891721. 

For full information about this grant opportunity and to begin an application, visit: http://www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/2016NAFSI

First Nations Development Institute Seeks Candidates for Senior Program Officer & Program Officer. Applications Due By November 20th!

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First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is seeking qualified candidates for two positions to be located at First Nations’ headquarters in Longmont, Colorado.

Senior Program Officer

The Senior Program Officer’s primary responsibility is to provide oversight and implementation of First Nations projects that may include, but are not limited to, designing evaluation plans; developing work plans; organizing and planning convenings and meetings; drafting grant reports; working with grantees under a variety of grant programs; providing and conducting technical assistance to First Nations’ grantees; managing project consultants; overseeing project financials; and monitoring incoming progress reports. The Senior Program Officer may work in close collaboration with other First Nations Senior Program Officers, the finance department to ensure accurate accounting for grant-related income and expenditures, and First Nations’ Development staff.

The Senior Program Officer salary range is $59,000 to $65,000. For the full position description for Senior Program Officer, visit this link: http://www.firstnations.org/about/jobs

Program Officer

The Program Officer’s primary responsibility is to assist in the administration and implementation of First Nations projects that may include, but are not limited to, organizing and planning convenings and meetings; drafting grant reports; working with grantees under a variety of grant programs; and planning and conducting training sessions. This position is often required to work within the specified parameters of grant-funded projects. The Program Officer may work in close collaboration with other First Nations Program Officers or Senior Program Officers, and the finance department to ensure accurate accounting for grant-related income and expenditures.

The Program Officer salary range is $50,000 to $57,000. For the full position description for Program Officer, visit this link: http://www.firstnations.org/about/jobs.

If you have any questions or concerns contact Jackie at (303) 774-7836 or by email at jfrancke@firstnations.org

Register Today for the Food as Economic Development” Minnesota Event Coming Up July 8-10 at Mystic Lake

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Priority registration will be given to Minnesota-based tribal community representatives. Registration will be capped at 60 attendees, so act quickly! For complete information and registration, visit this link: http://www.firstnations.org/fednc

Free Download-Informing Strategies to End Senior Hunger in Native Communities: 19th Annual L.E.A.D. Conference Pre-Session Convening Summary Report

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The report – Informing Strategies to End Senior Hunger in Native Communities: 19th Annual L.E.A.D. Conference Pre-Session Convening Summary Report – is available for free download from the Knowledge Center on the First Nations website at  http://www.firstnations. org/knowledge-center/foods-health (Note: you may have to create a free account to download the reports if you don’t already have one.)

Register Now for the Annual Native Food Sovereignty Summit Oct. 26-29 hosted by First Nations Development Institute

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First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin will co-host the Third Annual Food Sovereignty Summit in Green Bay, Wisconsin, October 26-29, 2015, at the Radisson Green Bay Hotel and Conference Center. At the event, Native American communities come together to learn from one another in order to promote Native health, wellness and food sovereignty.

This conference sold out well ahead of time the previous two years, so be sure to guarantee your attendance by registering now at www.firstnations.org/summit. Previously the conference was held in April, but this year it will be held in October to incorporate the Oneida Nation’s traditional white corn harvesting.

This year’s event will feature three tracks: Applied Agriculture, Community Outreach, and Products to Market.  Native farmers, ranchers, gardeners, businesses, policymakers and other practitioners from around the U.S. will share information, program models and tools to meet growing and marketing challenges, as well as provide inspiration, mentoring and networking opportunities.

Among special features of this year’s summit are Experiential Learning Field Sessions (farm practices, food preservation, food handling, organic certification, etc.), a Chefs’ Corner (culinary creations from various tribal regions), and a “Connect the Dots” session to connect mentors and mentees with the goal of building healthy Native communities.

As in the past, the Food Sovereignty Summit is generously supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

REGISTER HERE!

Informational Call on May 14th Discussing First Nations & NUIFC Accepting Grant Proposals for Urban American Indian Projects

There will be a Q&A session via conference call on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 11 a.m. Mountain Time.  The call-in number is 1-877-427-7602 (toll free) and the conference code is  5319672123. This is your chance to get your questions answered about the application process.

This Request for Proposals (RFP) will be conducted in two phases.  Phase 1 proposals will be accepted online that present a general plan of the program/project requiring funding. To be considered, Phase 1 applications must be received by 5 p.m. (MDT) on June 11, 2015. Grant amounts are $40,000.

Following an internal review process, select applicants will be invited to submit a fully-developed proposal (Phase 2) through an invitation-only process in July 2015. For questions about this program, please email Montoya Whiteman, Senior Program Officer, at mwhiteman@firstnations.org.

For information on eligibility and to begin the application, visit:http://www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/2015UNNHSF

PROGRAM CONTACTS:

Montoya Whiteman, First Nations Senior Program Officer (303) 774-7836 or mwhiteman@firstnations.org

Janeen Comenote, NUIFC Executive Director (206) 551-9933 or jcomenote@nuifc.org