With the generous support of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) and the American Heart Association (AHA)/Voices for Healthy Kids (VFHK) First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) has launched the Fertile Ground Advocacy Campaign that will provide grants to promote policy activity and development. The grants will support Native-led advocacy efforts to advance new policies and innovative policymaking approaches that will benefit Native American nutrition and health by improving access to healthy foods, reducing consumption of sugary beverages and foods, and strengthening food sovereignty work that is rooted in tradition, culture, and Indigenous knowledge. Through the Fertile Ground Advocacy Campaign, First Nations expects to award up to seven grants of $50,000 to $80,000 each to support Native American-led advocacy efforts.
The Fertile Ground Advocacy Campaign is made possible by the Policy Innovation Fund, which was developed by SMSC and AHA to directly support grantmaking for Native nutrition and health policy work. Other elements of the campaign include leadership development, technical assistance and movement-building activities to support the growing nutrition and health movement in Indian Country.
To support the success of Native grantees and advocates, the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF), a Native-governed nonprofit organization, will provide technical assistance as a part of this grant. This will include regular consultations with grantees, trainings, onsite visits and support for grantee convening and planning activities.
The grant period for this funding opportunity will commence December 1, 2019, and end September 30, 2020.
Total requests for project budgets within this funding opportunity should not exceed $80,000.