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Grants to USA Tribal Governments and Nonprofits to Support Self-Directed Food Systems for Indigenous Communities

Gather Food Sovereignty Grant

GrantWatch ID# 187330
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
First Nations Development Institute, NoVo Foundation
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/26/23 5:00 PM MT Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories tribal governments and nonprofit organizations for economic development and infrastructure building for indigenous communities. The purpose of this program is to support self-directed and well-supported food systems. Funding is intended to help strengthen Native American, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian communities.

First Nations recognizes that Native food systems are important assets to Native communities. As a result, First Nations has long supported Native communities as they fortify traditional food systems, seek to increase access healthy and fresh foods, increase awareness of and involvement with where food comes from, and expand knowledge of the linkages between foods, Native cultures and/or contribute to tribal economic growth and development of entrepreneurially related food ventures.

Selected grantees under this opportunity must use funding to support work contributing to building a national movement that will fulfill a vision of Native communities and food systems that are self-directed, well-resourced and supported by community policies and systems. Emerging projects are encouraged to apply.

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

  • Conducting a community food assessment to examine the economic impact of food system assets and plan next steps
  • Developing projects aimed at increasing local food system control, including increasing access to traditional foods, hunting, fishing, or gathering
  • Increasing local food distribution and marketing to end-use institutions (e.g., schools or local and tribal businesses) and larger markets, and/or
  • Strategic community planning around food sovereignty projects
  • Increasing the capacity of food producers to manage environmental, community, and social/political impacts of policy on their food system


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

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:
- Wednesday, February 8, 2023, at 2 pm Mountain Time

Join Zoom Meeting Link:

Pre-Application Information
All applicants must complete the First Nations online grant application, including submission of necessary attachments, no later than Wednesday, February 26, 2023, by 5 pm Mountain Time.

First Nations recognizes that some of the 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 to program staff.

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.

Number of Grants
Up to 7

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 March 1, 2023, and end February 28, 2024.

Contact Information
Apply online:

To request an exception to using the online system, submit an email request to

Should you have any additional questions about the RFP or this specific funding opportunity, please contact Brickman House by email at or by phone at (920)264-6209.

First Nations Development Institute
2432 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Longmont, CO 80501
Tel: 303.774.7836
Fax: 303.774.7841

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