Now Accepting Proposals for 2014 Native Agriculture & Food Systems Initiative

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is now accepting proposals for its 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 tribal seniors and elders in rural and/or reservation-based Native American communities.

With the generous support of the AARP Foundation, 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.

First Nations 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, but applicants are encouraged to participate. Applicants can participate in one or both calls.

Native American-controlled 501(c)(3) nonprofits, tribal organizations designated as §7871 under the Internal Revenue Code, community organizations without 501(c)(3) status (with an appropriate fiscal sponsor), and tribal colleges or tribal schools with programs that meet the spirit of this grant initiative are eligible to apply.

Priority will be given to projects that focus on eliminating food insecurity among Native elders in Native communities. Eliminating food insecurity may include: ensuring adequate food supplies for the senior populations in Native communities; food affordability; ensuring sufficient food quality; adequacy; and/or food appropriateness. These areas of food security should also have a focus on 1) locally-grown, healthy foods or 2) developing or expanding 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. Funded proposals will explicitly make the connection between program goals, design and outcomes and eliminating food insecurity among the senior population in their Native community. Finally, First Nations will give preference to programs that have broader implications for replication in other Native communities.

Proposals will be accepted online and must be submitted by 5 p.m. Mountain Time on March 14, 2014.

  • The first call will be held on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 11 a.m. MST.

  • The second call will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2 p.m. MST.

The call-in number for both calls is: 1-877-427-7602 (toll-free). The Conference Code is 7315891721.

For additional information about this program, please email Raymond Foxworth, Senior Program and Research Officer, at rfoxworth@firstnations.org.

For information on eligibility and to begin the application, visit: 
http://www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/2014nafsi