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Native American Agriculture Fund Grants

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Native American Agriculture Fund
Sep 30, 2019

The Native American Agriculture Fund provides grants for organizations and agencies that support Native American farmers and ranchers.

The program goals include:

  1. Success of Native farmers and ranchers
  2. Improved access to credit for Native farmers and ranchers
  3. Improved food systems in Indian Country
  4. Improved delivery of services to Native farmers and ranchers
  5. Improved knowledge of Native farmers and ranchers on key issues relevant to their success
  6. Enhanced food sovereignty within Native communities
  7. Progress towards the building of value-added foods capable of accessing new or existing markets that will improve the agricultural economies and general economies of Native communities
  8. Increase in the number of Native professionals involved in the agricultural sciences and serving Native agriculture
  9. Ensuring Native youth are prepared for careers in agriculture and food areas and that Native farming and ranching and food businesses are successfully transitioned to the next generation

For the purpose of this program the terms "farmer" and "rancher" should be interpreted in the broadest context possible and are meant to include:

  • Farmers of all types of food and fiber products and ranchers of all types of livestock
  • Those engaged in aquaculture
  • Those who engage in community based agriculture such as community gardens, hunting and gathering for food production purposes, and other means that individuals and communities in Indian Country engage in the process of feeding their communities

Eligible applicants include:

  • 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations
  • Educational organizations
  • Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and Native CDFIs
  • State and federally recognized Tribes
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

A pool of $2,000,000 is available to fund projects proposed by CDFIs and those eligible entities that can provide proof of a current agriculture lending portfolio or a demonstrated need through public input from their service area that such lending opportunities are needed by Native farmers and ranchers they serve.

A pool of $2,000,000 is available for eligible educational institutions that currently provide and have in place advanced agricultural business classroom training, or who are ready to provide advanced agricultural business classroom training for Native students.

A pool of $2,000,000 is available for nonprofit organizations with projects that meet program goals.

A pool of $2,000,000 is available for Tribal governments or instrumentalities of Tribal governments working on "value-added" agriculture enterprise development.

Application process

Links to additional guidance, application instructions, and the online application portal are available on the program website.

Tagged as
American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians · Capital funding · Children and youth · Farmers and farmworkers · Food security and nutrition

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