Na'ah Illahee Fund provides resources for Indigenous Communities across the Pacific Northwest who are located in AK, ID, OR, MT, WA, WY and British Columbia. We strive to advance a "just recovery" by helping tribal communities to meet the needs of the people.  We seek to fund projects that aim to revitalize Indigenous lifeways through community programming, capacity building, workshops and skills sharing.

GRANT OPPORTUNITY

Let’s Help To End Gender Based Violence & MMIWP

Opens Sept. 12, 2022  | Closes Oct. 20, 2022 (6 weeks) | Awards up to $20,000

The Na'ah Illahee Fund (NIF) provides resources for Native communities across the Pacific Northwest who are located in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming and British Columbia.

Na’ah Illahee Fund values and respects the dignity of all people.  We work to combat all forms of gender-based violence against our Native people and work to end the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & People (MMIWP).

Na’ah Illahee acknowledges that many of our relatives are highly vulnerable and are being targeted.  For this reason, we advocate for women, girls, and two-spirit people’s access to quality, multi-sectoral services essential for their safety, protection and recovery from acts of violence. This NIF grant opportunity will provide financial support to those community members who bring innovative, collaborative activities to raise awareness and strengthen the work to help bring an end to this crisis.

WHAT WE SEEK TO SUPPORT

We seek to fund Indigenous organizations, groups, individuals and Tribes/First Nations who dedicate time and resources to work on the epidemic of Gender Based Violence and Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women/People (MMIWP) in their communities. This grant is aimed at subject matter experts and trusted messengers to victims and their families--those people who are doing the day-to-day work of addressing and working to help end gender based violence and MMIWP.

Examples of type of work we’re looking to fund:

  • Creation of MMIWP Networks to find MMIWP (social media or other)
  • Local Skills Training in Communities geared toward intervention and prevention E.g. “How to do a proper search”
  • MMIWP Indigenous-led research & data collection work
  • MMIWP or Gender Based Violence Awareness campaigns
  • Cultural Trainings and teachings to end violence towards indigenous women & children
  • MMIWP media advocacy campaigns
  • Trainings on trafficking interventions, trafficking prevention strategies & implementation
  • Those working on independent advocacy in their communities through campaigns such as “Bad Date Lists”, (i.e. known offenders to be on the lookout for)
  • MMIWP advocacy for victims and their families; especially for children who are left behind
  • MMIWP Policy advocacy grounded in recognition of tribal sovereignty work for reauthorization of Violence Against Women's Act, strengthening implementation of Savannah's Act and the Not Invisible Act
  • MMIWP Peer Support Groups and/or connecting MMIWP families to create healing opportunities
  • MMIWP Survivor Resiliency work by providing space for healing (e.g. ribbon skirt classes for survivors and other creative ways)
  • Projects that serve and reach At-Risk Youth who are aging out of foster care, the highest demographic group who are targeted
  • Grief Counseling Therapy and Ambiguous Loss therapy (intergenerational trauma)
  • Groups or programs that provide Aftercare Services for loved ones who come home

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

  1. Indigenous or First Nation-led nonprofit organizations: 501(c)3 or Canadian Registered Charities
  2. Community groups with Fiscal Sponsor (Sponsorship Agreement must be attached in the application)
  3. Indigenous Individuals, Alaska Natives or First Nation Individuals with Tribal Affiliation
  4. Native American Tribes, Alaska Native Corporations, First Nation Bands or Departments of Tribal Governments/First Nation Bands

For NIF, Indigenous includes anyone who holds tribal affiliation/identifies with Indigenous nations in North, Central, or South America or identifies as Native Hawaiian.

Applicants must be located in the Pacific Northwest region: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming and British Columbia and are eligible for funding under this grant program.

Grantees are only eligible to receive one Na’ah Illahee Fund grant award per calendar year, as funding is limited and we wish to empower as many Native communities as possible.

WHAT TYPES OF GROUPS ARE WE UNABLE TO SUPPORT?

We are passionate about our beliefs and we want to be sure that the organizations that we support match our ethics.  As a result, our Let’s Help  To End Gender-Based Violence & MMIWP grant does not provide grants to groups or individuals who:

  • Practice or promote racism, sexism, homophobia, or any form of oppression or exploitation of other humans or the natural world
  • Promote or support violence, aggression, or oppression or any infringement on other people
  • Force, coerce or exclude others based on religious or spiritual beliefs
  • Are not making an effort to be environmentally responsible
  • Are connected to political parties, political rallies or otherwise partisan in their work

HOW DO YOU APPLY?

Applications are submitted via our online granting system or platform called Submittable.  Submittable is an online platform that you can pull up on your phone or computer and it is a free service to applicants. Please go to www.Submittable.com to create an account, then fill out the step-by-step application.

Through Submittable we ask for your basic contact information, organization name, project name, name of Tribal community served, governance structure and 501(c)3 EIN # or Registered Charity number; groups who are Fiscally Sponsored (a signed agreement must be attached). The budgetary information we will ask for will be total project budget (asking for general breakdown) and total organization budget.

We ask for: a brief history of your project or organization, tell us how your project works, how it will address concerns in your community, who is involved, what benefits it will have, and other resources you have access to.  To save you time during the application process, we suggest you prepare answers to those questions in a document in advance to think your answers through, then when you apply in Submittable it easily allows you to copy and paste into your application.  Most questions about your project leave you the space to discuss your projects in your words, such as: “Please explain your MMIWP & Gender-Based work in great detail.”  “What do you plan to do and how will you do it?” Please take the time to thoroughly explain your dreams and vision – we truly want to hear.

We understand that access to online platforms can be its own form of exclusivity. If you need to fill out an application in writing, by email, or by phone please contact the Grants Program Officer.

HOW DO WE MAKE DECISIONS?

NIF funding priorities & how proposals are evaluated:

  • Applications must be submitted by the Indigenous applicant
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • We make grants in support of innovative, solutions-oriented projects that are rooted in cultural traditions
  • We support community projects that help connect people to the things that grow (plant relatives), Na’ah Illahee (Mother Earth), four leggeds (animal relatives), fish, birds (those that fly & swim) and cultural teachings
  • Preference will be given to intergenerational activities that pass critical knowledge from Elders to next generations
  • We will award grants that reach those most vulnerable, often in hard-to-reach places
  • We aim to support those populations with little or no access to financial resources

Please understand that applications often exceed available funding. Our goal is to fully fund all applications, but the amount provided will be based on the availability of funds and the number of requests under review.

WHAT IS OUR GRANT MAKING PROCESS?

  1. Apply  Indigenous-only applicants will completely fill out the application via Submittable before the deadline.
  2. Review Once the grant period has ended, the Grants Committee (made up of community members, NIF staff & a board member) will convene to review all applications, select recipients and award funds.
  3. Notify Recipients will then be notified via U.S. mail, so please ensure your current address is on file.  If approved, an award letter will be sent along with a check for the approved amount.
  4. Reflect  We expect follow up from you about the impact and benefits your project provided to your community.

WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS IF YOUR APPLICATION IS APPROVED OR DENIED?

The grantmaking committee review of submitted applications will occur during October 21 - November 4, 2022, award letters and denials will be sent in late November 2022.  Na’ah Illahee Fund will send checks with award letters via U.S. mail.

Na’ah Illahee Fund appreciates your efforts and the contributions your work adds to your community. Our reporting requirements are not burdensome and we will follow up to find out what impact your efforts have had in your Native community. That is all we ask of you!

NEED ASSISTANCE?

If you have questions, seek clarification or assistance with your application, please contact:  Joni Crines, Grants Program Officer via email:  joni@naahillahee.org or phone: (206) 565-8041.

Na'ah Illahee Fund