With the support of the Keepseagle endowment, First Nations will establish a Breastfeeding and First Foods Grant that reinforces Native traditional food systems, supports producers/practitioners of traditional food systems, and communicates the value of traditional foods in a Tribal food system. The Breastfeeding and First Foods Grant aims to support communities and programs focused on increasing access to first foods and supporting culturally appropriate lactation practices for Native parents, caretakers and young children. Food preferences begin early, making the diet of both the lactating parent and child important for the future health and dietary habits of the child. This opportunity supports projects that focus on 1) promoting breastfeeding practices, 2) boosting nutrition of lactating parents, 3) increasing traditional food access for infants and young children, and 4) enriching community-led food production with a focus on youth involvement.
Through the first round of the Breastfeeding and First Foods Grant opportunity, First Nations expects to award up to 12 grant awards of approximately $32,000 to support Native American-led breastfeeding and early childhood nutrition work.
The grant period for this funding opportunity will commence January 1, 2022, and end December 31, 2022.
Grant Award Ceilings
Total requests for project budgets within this funding opportunity should not exceed $32,000.
Applications are due November 30, 2021.
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.