Native American Agriculture Fund announces first Request For Applications

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Request for Applications closes September 30th

News Release

Native American Agriculture Fund

The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF), a newly formed private charitable trust devoted to serving the interest of Native farmers and ranchers, announced its inaugural Request for Applications (RFA) today. Grant awards will be made on a competitive basis to 501(c)(3) organizations, educational organizations, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and Native CDFIs, and 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,” said Janie Hipp (Chickasaw), CEO of Native American Agriculture Fund. “Since Native American Agriculture Fund 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 Native American Agriculture Fund 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.”

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Prospective applicants are encouraged to view the Request for Application at NativeAmericanAgricultureFund.org/grants. The request for applications opened on Thursday, August 1st, 2019. Eligible applicants must submit a complete application no later than Monday, September 30th, 2019, by 11:59 pm CDT.

Prospective applicants may register for informational Request for Application 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 Application.

“We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform Native agriculture,” said Elsie Meeks (Oglala Lakota), Chair of the Native American Agriculture Fund Board of Trustees. “We are feeding our people, growing our economies and building our future through planting these seeds throughout Indian Country.”

The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) is a charitable trust created by the settlement of the landmark Keepseagle v Vilsack class-action lawsuit. Native American Agriculture Fund is the largest philanthropic organization devoted solely to serving the Native farming and ranching community.

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