Now Accepting Proposals for 2014 Native Agriculture & Food Systems Initiative

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is now accepting proposals for its Native Agriculture & Food Systems Initiative (NAFSI). Through the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, First Nations plans to make up to 10 awards averaging $37,500 each to support projects working to address food systems, food insecurity and food access in Native communities.

The goal of the NAFSI project is to build local and systemic infrastructure in Native American communities to address food-system control, food insecurity and food access, thereby benefiting Native American communities with increased access to healthy and fresh foods, greater awareness of and control over where their food comes from, while expanding knowledge of the linkages between food and Native cultures and between families’ income and entrepreneurially-related food ventures.

Native American-controlled, nonprofit 501(c)(3), tribal organizations designated as §7871 under the Internal Revenue Code, or community-based Native groups such as community garden projects, food banks and/or food pantries that serve their communities are eligible to apply. Priority will be given to projects aimed at increasing the availability of healthy, locally-produced foods in Native communities, reducing food insecurity, and increasing entrepreneurship 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 5 p.m. Mountain Time on December 6, 2013.

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

  • The first call will be held on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 2 p.m. Mountain Time.
  • The second call will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 11 a.m. Mountain Time.

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: www.firstnations.org/NAFSI2014.