Native American Food Security Initiative (NAFSI) Grant

Here’s a funding opportunity available through First Nations Development Institute.  Grant awards range from $25,000-30,000, and applications are due December 16, 20011.

Here’s the link to the grant webpage.

Bison Reductions in Yellowstone

This article is definitely relevant to tribal food issues since it discusses a staff recommendation to reduce Yellowstone National Park’s bison herd for effective management purposes.  A hunt is one of the strategies, but the article also points out that there have been numerous calls for increased cooperation with tribes seeking to expand their buffalo herds.  While Yellowstone’s buffalo population is one of the most genetically healthy in the world, the animals do have issues with brucellosis, which is an animal disease affecting pregnancy that has been eradicated through most of the world.

Community Food Project Grant

Unfortunately, this post is a bit late to take advantage of this particular grant, but I’m posting it nonetheless for prospective grantees to start thinking about next year’s application if funding is available.

The Community Food Project (CFP) Competitive Grants Program, funded through NIFA, provides up to up to $500,000 for non-profits to promote community food projects.

Future grant postings in this site will seek to break down the grant announcements into simplified summaries for key aspects for eligibility and other requirements, since those criteria aren’t always immediately apparent in an announcement.

Grant Announcement – CFP_FY12

IAC Annual Symposium

The annual IAC symposium will take place this December 5-9 in Las Vegas at the flamingo Hotel. Made of producers from around the country will gather to share success stories, particularly relating to the of USDA programs.

Check PDF link below for more information and symposium registration.

In the meantime, check out the main IAC website for more information:

IAC symposium_2011 General Information

IAC symposium_2011 Registration Form

Keepeagle Legal Settlement Update

The keepsake a legal settlement provides compensation for discrimination against American Indian farmers and ranchers who unsuccessfully applied for USDA Farm during the 1980s 1990. Compensation ranges from $50,000-$250,000 depending on number of total claimants and claimants track.

The final deadline to apply is December 27, 2011

More details will be posted shortly