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First Nations Development Institute

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is now accepting grant proposals through the GATHER Food Sovereignty Grant. First Nations will award up to 13 grants of approximately $32,000 each for work that contributes to a vision of Native communities and food systems that are self-directed, well-resourced and supported by community policies and systems. This opportunity targets emerging projects that focus on developing Tribal Food Sovereignty.

The GATHER Food Sovereignty Grant is made possible through the Indigenous People's Fund of Tides Foundation, which accelerates the pace of social change, working with innovative partners to solve society’s toughest problems.

The Request for Proposals can be found here. The application deadline is Thursday, January 14, 2021. All applications must be submitted via the First Nations online grant application system.

The grant opportunity is in line with First Nations' recognition 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, increase access to healthy and fresh foods, increase awareness of and involvement with where food comes from, expand knowledge of the linkages between foods and Native cultures, and contribute to tribal economic growth and development of entrepreneurially related food ventures.

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There will be two free Q&A webinars for applicants to learn more about the RFP process and eligibility. Participation in these webinars is not mandatory, but applicants are strongly encouraged to register for and attend one or both of them.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at 3 pm Mountain Time
Register here!

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, at 10 am Mountain Time
Register here!

About First Nations Development Institute

For 40 years, using a three-pronged strategy of educating grassroots practitioners, advocating for systemic change, and capitalizing Indian communities, First Nations has been working to restore Native American control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own – be they land, human potential, cultural heritage or natural resources – and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native American communities. First Nations serves Native American communities throughout the United States. For more information, visit

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