RFP

COVID-19 Response: Recovery & Resiliency

California Tribal Fund

Application Deadline:

November 20, 2020

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General Information

First Nations Development Institute is now accepting applications under the California Tribal Fund, COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency grant opportunity.

First Nations expects to award 8 to 10 general operating support grants averaging $10,000 to California-based tribes or tribally controlled non-profit organizations as they work toward long-term tribal community resiliency and recovery efforts and support organizations and projects that strengthen California-based, Indigenous-controlled and -led organizations whose programs protect California Indigenous food systems, water, languages, traditional ecological knowledge, and land.

This grant is made possible through the generous support of The California Endowment. Created in 1996, the Endowment is a not-for-profit, statewide foundation that works to make California a healthier place for all. The California Endowment’s mission is to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians.

The California Tribal Fund was created to support California-based, California-Native-led nonprofits and tribal programs in controlling and protecting their food systems, water, languages, traditional ecological knowledge, and land.  Currently, the fund is operated as a project of First Nations Development Institute.

Download a PDF of the complete application here.
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Eligibility

Organizations eligible to apply include California-based, Native American-controlled, nonprofit 501(c)(3), tribal organizations, and Native §7871 organizations.

Priority will be given to organizations that currently work to support Indigenous control over food, water, languages, traditional ecological knowledge, and land within their respective tribal communities and are focusing on resiliency and recovery-based projects post COVID-19. Organizations are encouraged to focus on projects and program support that promotes long-term resilience and organization and program sustainability.

Types of eligible applicants include, but are not limited to:

  • California based Federal and State Recognized Tribal Governments
  • Native-controlled 501(c)(3) nonprofits
  • Native-controlled community organizations with fiscal sponsorship
  • Native §7871 Organizations
  • Native-controlled community organizations with fiscal sponsorship
Application

All applicants must complete the First Nations online grant application, including submission of necessary attachments.

Proposals will be due Friday, November 20, 2020, no later than 5 pm Pacific Time.

Proposal Requirements:

  • A brief history of the organization, its mission and current and past programs.
  • A concise description of how the organization has served tribal communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • A concise description of how the organization will support post COVID-19 resiliency and recovery efforts through their organization’s projects and programs.
  • A budget narrative that describes how general operations funding will be utilized by category.

The following required attachments must be uploaded during the online submission process:

  • Tax-Status Documentation. A copy of the organization or fiscal sponsor’s IRS Determination Letter if the applicant is a 501(c)(3) organization or a community organization using a fiscal sponsor. Tribal programs and governments may submit proof that they are a federal- or state-recognized tribe. This document should be uploaded as a PDF file.
  • Description of Board of Directors. Native-controlled nonprofits should submit a list of their Board of Directors, with tribal affiliation of each director where applicable. Community organizations with fiscal sponsors should submit a list of their leadership team, with tribal affiliation of each team member where applicable. Tribal programs and governments should submit a list of their Tribal Council in lieu of a Board of Directors. This document should be uploaded as a PDF file.
  • Description of Key Leadership Staff. Native-controlled nonprofits and community organizations with fiscal sponsors should submit a list of key staff who will be responsible for overseeing and implementing the proposed project. Tribal programs and governments should submit a list of key staff responsible for overseeing and implementing the proposed project. This document should be uploaded as a PDF file.
  • Budget. (Download Required Budget Form) An estimated budget for the proposed project with a detailed cost breakdown of how general operating support will be spent. This form must be uploaded as an Excel file.

 

 

Selection Criteria

Selected grantees under this opportunity must use funding to support projects in California-based Native communities with priority being given to organizations and projects that currently work to support Indigenous control over food, water, languages, traditional ecological knowledge, and land within their respective tribal communities.

Organizations are encouraged to utilize this unrestricted, general operations funding as they see fit to address recovery and resiliency efforts in the tribal communities they serve. General operations grants can support grantees in a number of ways. Grantees may utilize grant funding to cover day-to-day activities or ongoing expenses such as administrative salaries, utilities, office supplies, technology maintenance, technology purchases, and professional development.

Examples of allowable activities under this funding opportunity include, but are not limited to:

  • Support for rent and utilities
  • Support for employee and Board training related to hosting of virtual webinars and meetings
  • Support for new software systems and technological training to support virtual meetings and webinars
  • Support for capacity building including creation or revision of policies and procedures, strategic planes, etc.
  • Support for program related cultural bearers’ honorariums or stipends
  • Purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for staff and participants

Examples of unallowable activities under this funding opportunity include:

  • Capital construction projects (which includes the construction, purchase, renovation, and/or furnishing of facilities)
  • Scholarships or tuition assistance
  • Films, television and/or radio programs
  • Endowments
  • Development campaigns
  • Funding for individuals
  • Purchase of Real Estate
  • Support of lobbying activities or drafting legislation
  • Support of litigation
Grant Requirements

Reporting: Grantees will be required to submit one final report. This report will enable First Nations to (1) gain further understanding on your program (2) tell grantee stories, including accomplishments, challenges, impact, and programming practices; and (3) measure the impact of funding support on grantee programs.

Help

First Nations Development Institute will hold two informational webinars to discuss the RFP process and address any questions on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 1 to 2 pm Pacific Time

Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5216140746934807565

  • Monday, November 9, 2020, 3 to 4 pm Pacific Time

Register at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8531710363912156429

These Q&A sessions will provide an opportunity for applicants to ask questions about the application, selection criteria, guidelines, or other related questions. Participation is NOT mandatory; however, applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in one or both of the calls.

First Nations has compiled a number of free resources related to the grant writing process. Whether you are a small organization new to grants or an organization with extensive experience, these resources will help with development of your application to First Nations. Please click here to access First Nations’ free grant-writing resources.