Funding Available for 2013 Native Youth & Culture Fund Projects
First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is a national Native nonprofit organization established in 1980 to work with Native peoples, including American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians, and is a catalyst for social and economic justice. Our mission is to assist Indigenous peoples to control and develop their assets and, through that control, build the capacity to direct their economic futures in ways that fit their cultures. First Nations funds tribal programs and Native nonprofits located in or near Indian Country, including Hawaii and Alaska.
First Nations believes that Native youth represent the future of Native communities, and that their health and well-being determine the future health and well-being of the overall community. By investing in youth and giving them a sense of place and tradition in the community, a community ensures that it will have bright and capable future leaders.
We are pleased to announce this 2013 request for proposals (RFP) for projects that focus on youth, and incorporate culture and tradition to address social issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, mental health or others. Specifically, we are seeking projects that focus on one or more of these four priority areas:
- Preserving, strengthening or renewing cultural and/or spiritual practices, beliefs and values.
- Engaging both youth and elders in activities that demonstrate methods for documenting traditional knowledge, practices, and/or beliefs, where culturally appropriate.
- Increasing youth leadership and their capacity to lead through integrated educational or mentoring programs.
- Increasing access to and sharing of cultural customs and beliefs through the use of appropriate technologies (traditional and/or modern), as a means of reviving or preserving tribal language, arts, history, or other culturally relevant topics.
First Nations expects to award approximately 20 grants. Some projects may have previously received funding through the Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF), and are seeking additional support to expand the original project, with a view toward sustainability. First Nations would prefer to review projects of no longer than one year in length, and with budgets between $5,000 and $20,000. Only in very exceptional cases, will we consider projects that do not fit these guidelines.
Eligible applicants include tribal governments, tribal programs or Native nonprofits in or near Indian Country. If applicants are not a tribal government, 501(c) (3), a 7871, or CDFI, they must have a fiscal sponsor that is. We do not require federal recognition for tribal governments; however, you must have, at a minimum, proof of state recognition. Nonprofits that apply must be in a tribal community or have a very close tie to a particular tribal community or communities. Urban groups that serve only off-reservation tribal members are very unlikely to be funded as we work with tribal communities. This program does not fund public schools.
The proposal selection process is a two-phase competitive process:
- Phase I: Submit proposal online using the call for proposal submission online form. The deadline to submit proposals is 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on March 1, 2013. Proposal requirements include: 1) general organization information including a brief history of the organization; 2) a concise description of the project and who it will serve; 3) at least three specific and measurable objectives to be accomplished during the project year; 4) a First Nations Development Institute RFP summary of how the anticipated project activities will be implemented; and 5) an estimated budget for the proposed project. NOTE: First Nations’ online system will shut down automatically at 5 p.m. Mountain Time on March 1st and no further data or information can be entered. Please plan accordingly, waiting until the last hour is strongly not recommended as your proposal must be completed by 5 p.m. Mountain Time. No other format will be accepted for proposal submission and applications not submitted by the deadline will not be accepted. No exceptions.
- Phase II: Approximately 45 organizations will be selected from the initial pool of applicants to submit a phase two proposal due April 26, 2013. Applicants will be notified by March 27, 2013. First Nations expects to award approximately 20 grants from the pool of phase two applicants. First Nations will work with prospective grantees to obtain any missing but necessary information in support of its final decision.
Technical Assistance and Travel Requirement
Each applicant will be required to allocate and set aside $1,000 of its proposed requested funds for attendance at a mandatory technical assistance and training event to be hosted by First Nations. This amount must be included in the total amount requested and the total requested cannot exceed $20,000 as noted above. The monies will be utilized for travel, travel-related costs and lodging for this First Nations NYCF Training Summit. It is anticipated that the required (one staff person per grantee) NYCF Training Summit will be held in September or October 2013.
First Nations seeks projects that:
- are solid matches between the project purpose and one or more of the NYCF priorities;
- demonstrate innovative and comprehensive activities;
- have a clear focus on building healthier communities through preserving, strengthening or renewing Native culture and cultural traditions among youth;
- demonstrate the ability and/or experience necessary to accomplish the project;
- have a clear plan of action, specific goals and objectives, and a process to periodically assess, document, and disseminate progress and lessons learned;
- are feasible, cost-effective, and sustainable;
- form partnerships and/or engage broad community participation and support; and
- have potential for application and replication in other Native communities.
Review, Notification and Timelines
First Nations will review only review those proposals that are submitted by eligible entities (tribal programs or Native nonprofits in or near Indian Country); those that are complete; and those thatare received by the submission deadline, March 1, 2013. All applicants will be notified by emailon March 27, 2013, as to whether or not they will be invited to submit a full proposal. Phase two proposals will be due by Friday, May 3, 2013. Award notifications will be made by May 24, 2013. The first grant payment will be made upon return and receipt of the award letter in time for projects to begin by summer 2013. The grant year will run from June 1, 2013 – May, 31, 2014.
Request for Proposals that are incomplete or received after the deadline will NOT be considered.
For additional information about this process, please contact Marsha Whiting at (303) 774-7836, ext. 22 or email her at email@example.com. You can also learn more about the NYCF program by visiting our website at www.firstnations.org. Thank you for your time and good luck!
Networking! That is the theme of this week’s Career Corner. Networking is probably the oldest piece of career advice that we are given however, how many of actually do it and do it well! I know its hard. I mean really…after working all day who really wants to go out and network?!?!?!? YOU DO that’s WHO! Networking comes in many different forms but face to face is still the best. But for whatever reason if face to face is not possible try putting technology to work for you.
This is not new information. In previous Career Corners I highlighted the benefits of social media for career development but a little repetition never hurts. Below are four options to get your started:
1. LinkedIn – Create a profile; follow companies; subscribe to groups in your field; grow your connections
2. Twitter – Think of this as micro-blogging; follow a company; find and follow relevant people in your field
3. Facebook – Create a professional Facebook that is separate from the one you post pictures from your latest adventures
4. Blogging – Start a blog that is an expansion of your resume; you can how to articles on your field; blogging demonstrates your knowledge about a particular area
When you are ready for some face to face interaction a good place to start are the affinity groups!
Interesting Articles and Reports
Avoid the ‘Brogrammer’ Bias – Though this article is looking at gender bias in the tech field it has some good information about that can applied to many of our biases and how they may play out in the workplace. http://smsepub.com/
61% of company’s surveyed in the Forbes 2011 study titled “Fostering Innovation Through a Diverse Workforce” indicated that Employee resource/networking groups is the number three way to develop diverse or inclusive talent. For the complete report visit http://images.forbes.com/
Standing for High-Quality Native Education
February 25-27, 2013
Each year, the NIEA Legislative Summit brings members and Native education advocates from around the nation to Washington, D.C. to unite as one voice in the halls of Congress and the White House. This year’s three-day gathering will feature training on how to advocate for reforming Native education on Capitol Hill and at state legislatures throughout the country. Attendees will also gain in-depth information on federal policy as well as learn about NIEA’s 2013 Congressional and White House Policy Agenda.
|LOCATION (Book rooms by 2/4/13)
LegSummit2013 will once again be held at the Holiday Inn Capitol. Meetings will be held from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm each day. Meals and evenings will be on your own. A block of sleeping rooms is available through Friday, February 4th. Click on the Register Now! link below to see room rates and instructions on how to make reservations. While in town you should also plan on utilizing the Metro and/or local taxicabs for your Hill visits.
Registration for LegSummit2013 is now open. On-line registration will be open through Friday, February 15, 2013. On-site registration will be open on Monday, February 25th beginning at 7:30 am. To register now, click on the desired category and follow the registration instructions.
Please join us in a forum to discuss the growing Idle No More Movement. The Idle No More Movement began with four First Nations women from Canada, Nina Wilson, Sheelah Mclean, Sylvia McAdam, and Jessica Gordon, who shared a vision of bringing together all people to discuss and ensure ways of protecting our environment. The women focused on Canada’s recent passing of legislation, Bill C-45, which attacks and undermines environmental protection laws and indigenous land rights. These women saw this attack as evidence that they must do something about the colonial, unilateral, and paternalistic legislation being pushed through the Government of Canada’s parliamentary system. Their call to action has led to the Idle No More Movement that has been recognized globally; a movement that recognizes the need to come together in an acts of solidarity and resurgence to reassert our inherent rights as sovereign indigenous Nations.
UW forum to discuss the Idle No More Movement!
When: January 28th, 6-8 pm
Where: Sieg Hall 134
Please share with your listserves! Tleko (thank you)!
The information below is from the Idle No More official website and facebook page: http://idlenomore.ca/
The Vision of IDLE NO MORE revolves around Indigenous Ways of Knowing rooted in Indigenous Sovereignty to protect water, air, land and all creation for future generations
IDLE NO MORE MANIFESTO
We contend that:
The Treaties are nation to nation agreements between Canada and
First Nations who are sovereign nations. The Treaties are agreements that cannot be altered or broken by one side of the two Nations. The spirit and intent of the Treaty agreements meant that First Nations peoples would share the land, but retain their inherent rights to lands and resources. Instead, First Nations have experienced a history of colonization which has resulted in outstanding land claims, lack of resources and unequal funding for services such as education and housing.
We contend that:
Canada has become one of the wealthiest countries in the world by using the land and resources. Canadian mining, logging, oil and fishing companies are the most powerful in the world due to land and resources. Some of the poorest First Nations communities (such as Attawapiskat) have mines or other developments on their land but do not get a share o…
f the profit. The taking of resources has left many lands and waters poisoned – the animals and plants are dying in many areas in Canada. We cannot live without the land and water. We have laws older than this colonial government about how to live with the land.
We contend that:
Currently, this government is trying to pass many laws so that reserve lands can also be bought and sold by big companies to get profit from resources. They are promising to share this time…Why would these promises be different from past promises? We will be left with nothing but poisoned water, land and air. This is an attempt to take away sovereignty and the inherent right to land and resources from First Nations peoples.
We contend that:
There are many examples of other countries moving towards sustainability, and we must demand sustainable development as well. We believe in healthy, just, equitable and sustainable communities and have a vision and plan of how to build them.
Please join us in creating this vision.
Charlotte Cote, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, American Indian Studies
Chair, Intellectual House Planning and Advisory Committee
Affiliated Faculty, Canadian Studies Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington
Seattle, WA, 98195
We invite you to an afternoon of FREE fun activities and health information for the whole family on Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Child identification cards
- Health and safety information
- Meet Harry the Husky
UW Neighborhood Kent/Des Moines Clinic 23213 Pacific Highway South
Kent, WA 98032
We are located in La Plaza Shopping Center. Free parking is available onsite.
Training: Building Collaborative Responses to Trafficked Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
The U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women, in partnership with Futures Without Violence (formerly Family Violence Prevention Fund), are hosting this training opportunity.
This 2.5-day training with one-year follow-up support on action plans will provide participants with effective skills on how to identify and assist domestic violence and sexual assault victims who may also be human trafficking victims. This training will focus on improving collaborative response to adult international trafficked victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Date: March 14, 15 & 16, 2013
Location: San Francisco, California
Application Deadline: February 4, 2013
Areas to be covered:
As a result of this training participants will be better able to:
- Initiate multi-disciplinary collaborative strategies in responding to trafficked victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault;
- Define and clarify individual and organizational roles and responsibilities in responding to trafficked victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault;
- Identify and respond to adult international trafficked victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault;
- Enhance knowledge on the legal options, assistance and benefits that are available for trafficked victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault; and
- Create an action plan to develop and implement a collaborative response to addressing human trafficking in your community.
American Indian Endowed Scholarship (AIES) Program
The Washington Student Achievement Council (formerly the Higher Education Coordinating Board) is accepting applications for the 2013-2014 American Indian Endowed Scholarship (AIES) awards. Applications must be postmarked by February 1, 2013. For eligibility requirements and application, please visit www.wsac.wa.gov/
Washington Indian Gaming Association (WIGA) Scholarship
The Washington Indian Gaming Association is now accepting applications for its 2013-2014 scholarship, with up to $60,000 being awarded for Native American students in Washington seeking to advance their personal and professional potential through higher education. The deadline is March 31, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Kaldor at 360-352-3248 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications may be downloaded at the following link: 2013-2014 WIGA Scholarship.
College Bound Scholarship Program offers the promise of tuition and books to qualifying 7th and 8th graders in Washington State. This scholarship covers the amount of tuition (at public institution rates) not covered by other state financial aid and a small book allowance for income-eligible students who sign up in the 7th or 8th grade, work hard in school, stay out of legal trouble, and successfully apply to a higher education institution when they graduate. The deadline for all applicants is by June 30 at the end of their 8th grade year. For more information, please call 1-888-535-0747 or visit the Washington College Bound Scholarship website.
Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs
Yakama Nation Museum & Cultural Center Toppenish, WA
An annual event to bring together experienced Native American weavers to teach and learn from one another ~
$75 until June 7, 2013 Please use event registration form attached
Yakama Nation RV Park near Yakama NM & CC (800) 847-3087 Quality Inn, Toppenish (509) 865-5800 Comfort Inn, Zillah (800) 501-5433
*We are checking on special event rates* MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON
New Native Youth Basketball- Co-Ed Program
We are embarking on a new and vibrant program for our Native youth boys/girls ages 11 under .UNEA new basketball program is in direct demand and enthusiastic interest stemming from our summer ‘Native Pride’ Basketball Camp. Our new Basketball program consists of basketball league, intertribal games, and regular practices. Our team is made up of both girls and boys with varying degrees of basketball experience, however they all have a passion for competing and having a positive, healthy, and organized basketball experience. We are seeking more 11 under boys and girls to join the program. Please contact Sarah Sense-Wilson (206-524-5220) if you are interested in enrolling your youth.