Fruit Tree Grants – Check it Out!

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The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation (FTPF) is an award-winning international nonprofit charity dedicated to planting fruitful trees and plants to alleviate world hunger, combat global warming, strengthen communities, and improve the surrounding air, soil, and water. FTPF programs strategically donate orchards where the harvest will best serve communities for generations, at places such as community gardens, public schools, city/state parks, low-income neighborhoods, Native American reservations, international hunger relief sites, and animal sanctuaries.

Recipients must be nonprofits, public schools, or government entities that 1) own the planting site (or have long-term arrangements to remain at the planting site), 2) are committed to caring for the trees in perpetuity, 3) have a source of irrigation nearby, 4) and can help coordinate local volunteers to join on the day of planting.

In addition, the “Fruit Tree 101” program creates outdoor edible orchard classrooms at public schools of all levels, across the country, to provide generations of students with environmental education opportunities and a source of organic fruit for improved school lunch nutrition.

FTPF ideally seeks schools that can accommodate at least 20-25 trees on school grounds.

Deadline: Rolling

Please contact The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation for more information and to apply for this funding.

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Job Opportunity: WTCAC Program Manager

The Wisconsin Conservation Advisory Council (WTCAC) is hiring a Program Manager who is responsible for organization’s the day-to-day operations.  WTCAC includes membership from each of Wisconsin 11 federally-recognized Tribes, serving as an innovative connecting organization not only among the state’s Tribes, but also with various USDA, other federal, and state agencies.  Priorities moving forward include building expanded partnerships and heading new initiatives in food sovereignty.  The position description is listed below.

WTCAC_Program Manager Announcement

Summary of Funding Opportunities

Here is a compilation of current funding programs:

  • First Nations Elder Grant (March 14th deadline): FNDI expects to make between four and five awards at a maximum amount of $25,000 for projects addressing elderly nutrition.  More information and the online application are available at http://www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/2014nafsi.
  • First Nations Youth Grant (March 20th deadline): Another First Nations Development Institute grant opportunity is available with their Youth and Culture Fund for projects aimed at addressing a variety of social issues.  Approximately 20 grants ranging between $5,000 and $20,000 will be awarded.
  • Wallace Center Food Hub Grant (March 30th deadline): The Wallace Center is accepting applications promoting food hubs.  Between 15 to 30 applications ranging from $10,000 to $75,000 are expected to be funded.
  • Community Food Project (March 31st deadline): USDA’s NIFA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture) is accepting applications for 1) Community Food Projects and 2) Planning Projects to assess food security needs and correlating long-term solutions. Technical Assistance support grants may also be awarded.  The maximum awards are $300,000 for CFP and $25,000 for Planning Projects.
  • ANA Grant (April 15th deadline): The Administration for Native Americans (ANA), which is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services is currently accepting applications in five different areas.  Food and agriculture projects probably best fit under the economic development related areas.  Applications, which are due April 15th, may be up to $500,000 and can last multiple years.  Here is a list of past grant awards.
  • Water for Agriculture (April 17th deadline for letter of intent, August 13 final proposal deadline): NIFA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture) has $6 million of funding available for efforts addressing critical agricultural water issues like drought, excess soil moisture, flooding, quality and others.  Tribal governments, non-profits, educational institutions, and individuals are among the eligible entities.
  • USDA Farm to School (April 30 deadline): USDA has announced the availability of farm to school grants.  There are three types of grants 1) planning, 2) implementation, and 3) support service.
  • BIA Climate Change Adaptation Grants (April 30 deadline): The Bureau of Indian Affairs is accepting applications for projects aimed at addressing climate change impacts.  Send an email to climate-adaptation-grant-info@bia.gov for more information.

Reminder – Indigenous Farming Conference, March 13-16

The 11th annual Indigenous Farming Conference will be held at the Shooting Star Casino in Mahnomen, MN on the White Earth Reservation.  Organized by the White Earth Land Recovery Project (WELRP), the event features an agenda full of interesting speakers on innovative projects.  Registration is required and is available on a daily or full event basis.

Water for Agriculture Grant

NIFA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture) has $6 million of funding available for efforts addressing critical agricultural water issues like drought, excess soil moisture, flooding, quality and others.  Tribal governments, non-profits, educational institutions, and individuals are among the eligible entities.  Application deadline for the letter of intent is April 17, 2014 and the final proposal is due August 13, 2014.

Community Food Project (CFP) Grant

USDA’s NIFA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture) is accepting applications for 1) Community Food Projects and 2) Planning Projects to assess food security needs and correlating long-term solutions. Technical Assistance support grants may also be awarded.  The maximum awards are $300,000 for CFP and $25,000 for Planning Projects.  Applications are due March 31, 2014.