Native American Agriculture Fund announces 2020 applications request

BY STAFF REPORTS
04/06/2020 08:30 AM
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The Native American Agriculture Fund, a private charitable trust devoted to serving Native farmers and ranchers, announced its second request for applications on April 1.

Grant awards will be made to 501(c)(3) organizations, educational organizations, Community Development Financial Institutions, Native CDFIs and state and federally recognized tribes. Funding areas include business assistance, agricultural education, technical support and advocacy services to existing and aspiring Native farmers and ranchers.

“Native farmers, ranchers, fishers, harvesters and community food champions are all key to the success of Native food systems and diversification of our agriculture economies. During times such as these, we are reminded just how important it is to support those who feed us and those whose lives are dedicated to building solid food systems,” said Janie Hipp (Chickasaw), NAAF CEO. “Since NAAF launched in 2018, our board of trustees and staff have worked diligently to craft a strategy that can realize the promise we knew was possible when NAAF was created. During challenging times, it is even more important that we keep this work moving forward. We are honored to announce this second request for applications to support Native agriculture.”

Prospective applicants are encouraged to view the applications request at NativeAmericanAgricultureFund.org/2020-RFA.

Applicants must submit a complete application no later than June 1 by 11:59 pm CST. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, NAAF will provide flexibility for applicants facing hardships in submitting their applications. Visit the website for more information.

Prospective applicants may register for informational applications request webinars at NativeAmericanAgricultureFund.org/grants-webinar. Technical assistance relating to the application process is available by emailing grants@NativeAmericanAgricultureFund.org or calling 479-445-6226.

“For far too long Native farmers and ranchers have been left out of the agricultural economy due to lower access to capital and fewer pathways to operational success,” said Elsie Meeks (Oglala Lakota), NAAF board of trustees chairwoman. “Through NAAF, we have an opportunity to change that, and we know we can.”

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