First Nation Development welcomes for COVID-19 Response Grant – U.S.
The First Nations Development Institute is now welcoming under the California Tribal Fund, COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency grant opportunity. First Nations expects to award 8 to 10 general operating support grants to California-based tribes or tribally controlled non-profit organizations as they work toward long-term tribal community resiliency and recovery efforts and support organizations and projects that strengthen California-based, Indigenous-controlled and -led organizations whose programs protect California Indigenous food systems, water, languages, traditional ecological knowledge, and land.
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This grant is made possible through the generous support of The California Endowment. Created in 1996, the Endowment is a not-for-profit, statewide foundation that works to make California a healthier place for all. The California Endowment’s mission is to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians.
The California Tribal Fund was created to support California-based, California-Native-led nonprofits and tribal programs in controlling and protecting their food systems, water, languages, traditional ecological knowledge, and land. Currently, the fund is operated as a project of First Nations Development Institute.
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Total requests for project budgets within this funding opportunity should not exceed $10,000.
The grant period for this funding opportunity will commence January 1, 2021 and end December 31, 2021.
Organizations eligible to apply include California-based, Native American-controlled, nonprofit 501(c)(3), tribal organizations, and Native §7871 organizations.
Priority will be given to organizations that currently work to support Indigenous control over food, water, languages, traditional ecological knowledge, and land within their respective tribal communities and are focusing on resiliency and recovery-based projects post COVID-19.
Organizations are encouraged to focus on projects and program support that promotes long-term resilience and organization and program sustainability.
Types of eligible applicants include, but are not limited to:
California based Federal and State Recognized Tribal Governments;
Native-controlled 501(c)(3) nonprofits;
Native-controlled community organizations with fiscal sponsorship;
Native §7871 Organizations;
Native-controlled community organizations with fiscal sponsorship.
Selected grantees under this opportunity must use funding to support projects in California-based Native communities with priority being given to organizations and projects that currently work to support Indigenous control over food, water, languages, traditional ecological knowledge, and land within their respective tribal communities.
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Organizations are encouraged to utilize this unrestricted, general operations funding as they see fit to address recovery and resiliency efforts in the tribal communities they serve. General operations grants can support grantees in a number of ways. Grantees may utilize grant funding to cover day-to-day activities or ongoing expenses such as administrative salaries, utilities, office supplies, technology maintenance, technology purchases, and professional development.
Examples of allowable activities under this funding opportunity include, but are not limited to:
Support for rent and utilities;
Support for employee and Board training related to hosting of virtual webinars and meetings;
Support for new software systems and technological training to support virtual meetings and webinars;
Support for capacity building including creation or revision of policies and procedures, strategic planes, etc;
Support for program related cultural bearers’ honorariums or stipends;
Purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for staff and participants.
Examples of unallowable activities under this funding opportunity include:
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Capital construction projects (which includes the construction, purchase, renovation, and/or furnishing of facilities);
Scholarships or tuition assistance;
Films, television and/or radio programs;
Funding for individuals;
Purchase of Real Estate;
Support of lobbying activities or drafting legislation;
Support of litigation.
For more information, visit https://www.firstnations.org/rfps/covid-19-response-recovery-resiliency/