Na'ah Illahee Fund provides resources for Indigenous Communities across the Greater Northwest who are located in AK, ID, OR, MT, WA, WY and British Columbia. We seek to fund projects that aim to revitalize Indigenous lifeways through community programming, capacity building, workshops and skills sharing.

Food Sovereignty Grant

Opens Jan. 9, 2023   |  Applications due by Feb. 16, 2023 @ 5pm PST  | Awards up to $25,000 US Dollars

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

As Native people, Na’ah Illahee seeks to support the alignment of our relationship with Mother Earth.  NIF sees the land as a living entity and tailors our grantmaking to support this concept - working in relationship with Mother Earth to strengthen her living systems in acts of support, reciprocity, and respect.

Food Sovereignty is something that we as Native people must protect and support because of the history of an oppressive culture forcibly removing the inherent rights of Natives to pray, grow, gather, harvest, hunt, fish, feed, share, and care for ourselves in our usual and accustomed lands. NIF is looking to provide grants to Native people who are leading community based food sovereignty and sustainability efforts in their communities.

NIF continues to support the treaty rights and other legal ways that our ancestors ensured our Native rights to care for ourselves and our right to choose our own foods into the future.

This Food Sovereignty Grant seeks to support our hunter, gather, grower way of life by funding Native organizations and individuals who are working to achieve food sovereignty in their communities as a fundamental right.  NIF places a high value on sharing old teachings of growing and harvesting our own foods and medicines, how to gather legally, knowing our food gathering rights and most importantly how to create a unified voice to speak up for these food sovereignty rights and boundaries.

WE SEEK TO SUPPORT

We seek to fund projects led by Indigenous people that aim to increase or create access to traditional foods and medicines through community programming, workshops, and skill sharing.  Our goal is to fund those uplifting food sovereign nations that revitalize Indigenous lifeways that prioritize people and the environment over profit.

Examples of funding requests & projects that qualify:

  • Networks that provide opportunities to tend the land and interact with our traditional gathering sites, share gathering techniques, stories and protocols of foods and medicines
  • Teaching hunting skills, lifeways of animals, hunting safety, and shared wisdom of respect for game brought to tables,  protocols and preparation
  • Installation of community kitchens to can and process food from gardening, hunting or fishing to feed community
  • Community gardens, family gardens and food forests to provide fresh food, increase community education on gardening practices and harvesting skills
  • Community skill-sharing, hands on workshops and program development, designed around Native food system sand medicine gathering, processing, preparation and preservation of food
  • Projects that are revitalizing traditional farming and traditional food system practices and lifeways
  • Seed harvesting, seed saving, seed sharing and plant harvesting of traditional Native foods
  • Creating local sustainable food systems that is based on Traditional Ecological Knowledge
  • Resurgence in traditional trade/commerce culture and food cooperatives between communities
  • Food sovereignty assessments and community project planning & design
  • Creating educational materials geared towards traditional food sovereignty and traditional food gathering rights, tribal sovereignty and field trips to gather
  • Traditional breastfeeding trainings to support our first food and nutritional care for birthing families

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

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

  1. Indigenous or First Nation-led nonprofit organizations: 501(c)3 or Canadian Registered Charities; or community groups with Fiscal Sponsor (Sponsorship Agreement must be included in the application)
  2. Indigenous Individuals, Alaska Natives or First Nation Individuals with Tribal Affiliation
  3. Native American Tribes, Alaska Native Villages, 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.

Grantees are only eligible to receive one Na’ah Illahee grant per calendar year, as funding is limited and we wish to touch 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 Food Sovereignty grant does not provide grants to:

  • Indigenous Applicants are required to complete the online application, Non-Indigenous people completing applications for others will not be reviewed or accepted
  • Groups that 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 Submittable.  Submittable is an online platform and it is a free service. 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 #, groups Fiscally Sponsored (you signed Fiscal Sponsorship agreement must be attached).  The budgetary information we will ask for will be the total project budget and will ask for a general breakdown.

Additionally we ask for: a brief history of your project or organization, a paragraph to 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.

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 Na’ah Illahee Fund’s Grants Program Officer and they will assist.

HOW DO WE MAKE DECISIONS?

NIF funding priorities & how proposals are weighed:

  • Applications must be filled out by the Indigenous applicant, if not it will not be considered
  • 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 connect people to Na’ah Illahee (Mother Earth) and cultural teachings
  • Preference will be given to intergenerational activities that pass critical knowledge from elders to youth
  • We will award grants that reach those most vulnerable in hard-to-reach places
  • We aim to support those populations with little or no access to resources

Please understand that more than likely, NIF will be unable to provide support for all requests. 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 fill out & complete the application via Submittable before the deadline.
  2. Review  Grant period ends, then the Grant Committee will convene to review all applications.  The committee will approve or deny recipients for grant 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 amount awarded by the Grant Committee.
  4. Reflect  We expect follow up from you about the impact 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 Feb. 17-24, 2023, award letters and denials will be sent in early March 2023.  Na’ah Illahee Fund will send award letters with checks via U.S. mail.

Na’ah Illahee Fund appreciates your efforts and 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:  Grants Program Officer via email:  joni@naahillahee.org or phone: (206) 565-8041.

Na'ah Illahee Fund