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Health Food Projects in Native Communities Funded
First Nations Development Institute: Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative
First Nations Development Institute is a Native American-run nonprofit with a mission to strengthen American Indian economies to support healthy Native communities. In 2015, First Nation’s Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative will provide up to eight grants, averaging $26,000, to support projects that address food system control, food insecurity, and food deserts, with an emphasis on serving Native American children and families. Priority will be given to projects that will have a measurable impact on improving a tribal community’s efforts to increase access to healthy and fresh foods for vulnerable children, families, and communities. Funded projects should also help increase awareness of where food comes from, expand knowledge of the linkages of food to Native cultures, and/or contribute to tribal economic growth with income from entrepreneurially-related food ventures. Native American-controlled nonprofit tribal organizations and community-based groups are eligible to apply. Online proposals must be submitted by March 25, 2015. Visit the First Nations website to learn more about the funding guidelines and application process.