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First Nations Development Institute (First Nations [ ]) is accepting grant proposals under its Native Agriculture & Food Systems Initiative (NAFSI) for projects that will be conducted between March 2016 and February 2017.

Through the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation [ ], First Nations plans to distribute up to 10 grant awards averaging $30,000 each to support projects that aim to strengthen local food-system control; increase access to local, healthy and traditional foods; and decrease food insecurity and food deserts, all with an emphasis on serving Native American children and families. Desired projects will noticeably improve a tribe and/or tribal community's effort to increase access to healthy and fresh foods for vulnerable children, families and communities. Additionally, desired projects will help increase awareness of and involvement with where their food comes from, and expand knowledge of the linkages between foods, Native cultures and/or contribute to tribal economic growth and development of entrepreneurially-related food ventures.

All applications are due by 5 p.m. Mountain Time on Monday, January 25, 2016. All applicants must fully complete the First Nations Online Grant Application [ ], including the submission of all necessary attachments. Required attachments include an estimated project budget, project timeline, IRS Determination Letter, and a list of members of your Board of Directors (with tribal affiliations, if applicable) and a list of Key Staff.

Two informational conference calls are scheduled for applicants who may have questions, as they provide an opportunity to ask about the application, proposal criteria or other proposal-related issues before the application deadline. We encourage applicants to participate but it is not mandatory. Applicants can participate in one or both calls.

* The first call will be held on January 6, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. Mountain Time.

* The second call will be held on January 12, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. Mountain Time.


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