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First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is now accepting proposals for our Native American Food Security grant project under its Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative (NAFSI). The purpose of the Native American Food Security project is to support Native organizations working to eliminate food insecurity among Native elders in rural and/or reservation-based Native American communities in Arizona, Louisiana, New Mexico and Oklahoma.
The Native American Food Security project will assist organizations in ensuring adequate food supplies for the senior population of their communities, with a particular focus on locally-grown, healthy foods, and assist in the development or expansion of locally-controlled and locally-based food systems that provide healthy foods to senior community members while also supporting local food producers and the local economy.
Under this project, First Nations will award 4-5 grants, ranging from $20,000-$25,000, to support projects working to eliminate food insecurity among tribal elders. Native American-controlled, nonprofit 501(c)(3), tribal organizations designated as §7871 under the Internal Revenue Code, or community-based groups such as community garden projects, food banks and/or food pantries that serve Native communities located in New Mexico, Arizona, Louisiana, and Oklahoma are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to projects aimed at increasing the availability of healthy, locally-produced foods in Native communities and/or programs that create systemic change by increasing community control of local food systems. Moreover, this project will give priority to organizations that can assist and contribute to the development of emerging and promising practices in strengthening Native food systems.
Proposals will be accepted online and must be submitted by no later than 5 p.m. Mountain Time on March 9, 2012.
First Nations Development Institute will host two conference calls for interested applicants. Conference calls provide an opportunity for applicants to ask questions about the application, proposal criteria or other proposal related questions before the application deadline. Participation IS NOT mandatory; however applicants are encouraged to participate. Applicants can participate in one or both calls.
• The first call will be held on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at 11 AM MST.
• The second call will be held on Monday, February 20, 2012 at 2 PM MST.
For additional information about this program, please email Raymond Foxworth, Program and Research Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for information on eligibility and to begin the application.