Native American Agriculture Fund opens applications period

BY STAFF REPORTS
08/14/2019 04:00 PM
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Native American Agriculture Fund, a newly formed private charitable trust devoted to serving the interest of Native farmers and ranchers, announced its inaugural request for applications on Aug. 1.

Grant awards will be made on a competitive basis to 501(c)(3) organizations, educational organizations, Community Development Financial Institutions and Native CDFIs, as well as state and federally recognized tribes for the provision of business assistance, agricultural education, technical support and advocacy services to existing and aspiring Native farmers and ranchers.

“We are honored and excited to announce this first request for applications in support of Native agriculture,” NAAF CEO Janie Hipp (Chickasaw) said. “Since NAAF was launched in 2018, our board of trustees and staff have taken steps to craft a strategy that can begin to realize the promise we knew was possible when NAAF was created. Agriculture across Indian Country is as diverse as our Native nations, and we hope the applications for funding will reflect that diversity. Native farmers and ranchers are key to the success of Native food systems and diversification of our agriculture economies. We look forward to the next step on this journey.”

Prospective applicants are encouraged to view the applications request at NativeAmericanAgricultureFund.org/grants.

Eligible applicants must submit a complete application no later than 11:59 p.m. CDT on Sept. 30.
Applicants may register for informational webinars at NativeAmericanAgricultureFund.org/grants-webinar. Technical assistance relating strictly to the application process will be available by dedicated phone and email contacts listed in the request for applications.

“We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform Native agriculture,” Elsie Meeks (Oglala Lakota), NAAF board of trustees chairwoman, said. “We are feeding our people, growing our economies and building our future through planting these seeds throughout Indian Country.”

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