First Nations Issues RFP for New Nutrition Program for Native Children

The First Nations Development Institute is inviting applications for its new Nourishing Native Children: Feeding Our Future program.

Up to Ten grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to Native American communities interested in expanding nutrition resources for existing programs that serve American Indian children between the ages of 6 and 14.

For many Native children, meals provided by their school, nonprofit service provider, or through a take-home food program, may be the most consistent and/or nutritionally-balanced food they receive. The project’s two-fold goal is to support ten Native American, community-based feeding programs in at least three states serving Native children ages 6-14, and to learn from these programs and other model programs about best practices, challenges, barriers to success, and systemic and policy issues affecting Native children’s hunger, and to foster partnerships among programs.

In addition to the grants, First Nations will host a facilitated, one-day convening with one representative from each of the ten selected grantees to gather information, provide a networking opportunity, and discuss promising models and practices. The convening will held during the national Food Sovereignty Summit between October 2 and 5, 2017, in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Summit is co-hosted by First Nations and the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin.

Entities eligible to apply are schools serving a primarily Native student body, Native nonprofit organizations that are Native-controlled 501(c)(3)s or tribally-controlled, and tribes. Eligible applicants will be rural- or reservation-based and will have existing feeding programs (not startups) and will provide nutritious food either at their facilities and/or through take-home programs (like backpack programs) to Native children aged 6-14.

Preference will be given to existing Native American education programs that currently reach or will expand to reach a significant number of Native children in tribal communities that have significant rates of food insecurity or hunger. First Nations will also focus on programs that demonstrate the ability to collect data necessary to demonstrate impact, indicate willingness to participate in this project’s learning convening, and which have the potential for extrapolating lessons learned and best practices that will have relevance for other feeding programs for Native children.

There will be two informational webinars for interested applicants. Although these are optional, it is recommended that applicants participate in to one or both of them: April 19, 2017, at 11 at 1:00 p.m. EST) and April 25, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. EST).

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, visit the First Nations website.

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