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The Native American Agriculture Fund Announces 2021 Request for Applications

 


Fayetteville, AR- The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) announces its third annual Request for Applications. NAAF, the largest private charitable trust devoted to serving the interests of Native farmers and ranchers, continues to invest in Indian Country agriculture with this cycle of grant making.

The General grant cycle opens today, April 1, 2021 and closes June 1, 2021. Youth applications close on May 25, 2021.

With $15 million in available funding, NAAF seeks grant applications from 501(c)(3) organizations, educational organizations, Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), and state and federally recognized tribes. All details about the Request for Applications (RFA) can be found on the NAAF website. NAAF will also host 5 webinars during the application period.

“With our third RFA, we aim to build on the success of our past grantees but also reach new communities to effectuate positive change in Indian Country’s food system,” said Janie Hipp (Chickasaw), CEO of the Native American Agriculture Fund.

“In 2021, Indian Country is at a critical inflection point for our food systems as we recover and rebuild from COVID-19,” said Toni Stanger-Mclaughlin (Colville), NAAF Director of Programs. ”The promise of self-determination through our food systems is within our grasp and we look forward to funding projects that uplift all of Indian Country, especially our Native farmers and ranchers, with this funding cycle.”

“The NAAF Board of Trustees is pleased to announce our third request for applications,” said Jim Laducer (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians), Chairman of the NAAF Board of Trustees. “This is the critical function of the Native American Agriculture Fund- to make grants to eligible entities. Since our funding began in 2018, we have invested $28 million to improve Indian Country’s food system and through today’s opening of applications, we will continue to invest in our food and agriculture, our people and our food economies.”

 

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