The 2022 Request for Applications is open!

NAAF strongly encourages applicants and interested partners to read the Trust Agreement here, which sets specific requirements for our operations and grants. The Trust agreement lines out our eligible entities and specific guidelines for the RFA. Eligible entities have until the following deadlines to submit their RFA.

List of Eligible Entities
  • 501(c)(3)
  • Educational Institutions
  • Tribal Governments and Instrumentalities
  • Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs)

NAAF will host 2022 RFA Webinars on the following dates. Each webinar will start with a one-hour overview of the application process and then transition to a question-and-answer period. All webinar recordings will be posted and archived on the NAAF website. The dates for each webinar are found below, and registration is required to participate. The webinars will offer technical assistance to applicants and provide clarification concerning applicant eligibility or focus areas for applications during this grant cycle.

  • Thursday, May 12 at 2 – 4 pm CT
  • Thursday, May 26 at 2 – 4 pm CT

Visit the 2022 RFA Website to learn more.
Student Highlight
Anthony Hernandez, 18
Crow and Shoshone-Bannock

Hernandez from Little Big Horn FFA was recently elected the 2022-2023 Montana FFA State Parliamentarian. He is the first FFA state officer from his chapter, and with this position, he aims to continue encouraging Native American values in everyday agriculture.

Hernandez is part of the second-largest Native American FFA chapter in the United States. Due to this, he has participated in the American Indian program. In this contest, FFA members can research Native American culture and heritage within agriculture and present it to Montana FFA members. This representation has inspired Hernandez to continue growing Native American influence through FFA contests, and he aspires to make this state contest into a national competition.

"FFA has helped me become the person I am today," said Hernandez. "I want to push my future colleagues to go to local Montana schools so that more Native American students, like myself, can get the same opportunities that I got."

Through his leadership experiences in FFA, Hernandez also wants to help build more FFA chapters that encourage and engage Native American students across the United States. NAAF is proud to have sponsored Hernandez to participate in the FFA Washington Leadership Conference in 2019 and looks forward to the impact Hernandez's leadership will bring to Native American agriculture.
Accounting and Compliance Associate
The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) is searching for an accounting/compliance associate (ACA) to join our organization. The ACA is responsible for accounting, accounts payable, compliance, and other duties working with accounting management and compliance management for NAAF.
What are the needs of Native Veterans involved in food and agriculture production?

This Native Veterans survey will foster roundtable discussions to evaluate and address the needs of Native veterans working in agriculture so that they can be involved in every aspect of developing agricultural infrastructure and thriving food economies in Native communities.

“When our Native veterans return, we want them to find healing and opportunity in the land. That is why the Native American Agriculture Fund is committed to assisting Native American Veterans, our first step in assistance is this survey.” -Toni Stanger-McLaughlin, J.D, (Colville), CEO of NAAF

The first 200 respondents will be eligible to receive a veteran challenge coin which will be sent to them by the Farmer Veteran Coalition.  
Other Native Agriculture Opportunities
Native Farm Bill Coalition

Friday, May 20, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Don’t miss out on the Native Farm Bill Coalition’s bi-weekly webinar series. The ninth webinar in the series is about Title VIII of the Farm Bill: Forestry.

Sign up for the reminder here: The webinar will be live-streamed across their social media platforms; there is no Zoom link. Just log onto Facebook or Twitter, find their page, and join them!

Visit the Native Farm Bill Coalition’s website at
Ag Census Deadline
June 30, 2022 is the last day to sign up for the 2022 Ag Census.

The Ag Census data is a valuable educational tool that evaluates the impact of Native American farmers and ranchers. This data can help support the initiatives of NAAF through understanding the current needs for business assistance, agricultural education, technical support, and advocacy services.

If you have never received a census and are new to National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) surveys, sign up to be counted today. You do not need to sign up if you already receive NASS surveys.

Key Dates:
  • June 30, 2022 – sign up to be included in the survey ends
  • November 2022 – ag census mails out and data collection begins
  • February 6, 2023 – final response deadline

From the National Agricultural Statistics Service:
"The Census of Agriculture is a complete count of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. Even small plots of land - whether rural or urban - growing fruit, vegetables or some food animals count if $1,000 or more of such products were raised and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the Census year. The Census of Agriculture, taken only once every five years, looks at land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income, and expenditures. For America’s farmers and ranchers, the Census of Agriculture is their voice, their future, and their opportunity."
In the News
University of Nevada Reno Extension
New summer camp aims to help American Indian youth get college ready

Student success was celebrated at this 2019 American Indian Alaska Native Diversity Commencement Celebration. Photo by David Siegal.

"To help address this disparity, University of Nevada, Reno Extension is hosting a new, week-long summer camp for high school-aged youth and incoming college freshmen to provide resources and support aimed at getting more of these students on a path to attend college and earn degrees.

“The camp will help address some of the stresses that are causing American Indian students to not apply to college or complete degrees,” said Extension American Indian Student Coordinator Daniel Coen. “A lot of these students come from a tight-knit community, so we want to help them and their families with the transition and changes that come with attending college.”

The American Indian Alaska Native College Prep Camp will be held June 6-10 at the Nevada State 4-H Camp in Stateline. The camp will have activities to help the youth build self-esteem and see that attending college is an attainable goal. It will expose the teens to Nevada tribal careers and provide them with information on preparing for the application process, obtaining financial aid and being successful at college life...

The camp is funded by U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture Tribal Students, and the Native American Agriculture Fund."
Crownpoint, NM

It’s time for 2022 Innoventure Native Youth Ag Camp!

4 days of fun, and a lifetime of learning. Join us at Navajo Technical University for the Ranch Management Youth Camp.
This camp is being offered free of charge to Native Youth of NM and surrounding areas, 14-17 years of age.

Fill out an interest form to receive a registration packet:

Email them at or follow them on social media for updates on the event:

Additional Events from NAAF grantees
Three Sisters Garden

Save the date! June 11, 2022, 12-9PM.

The Three Sisters Garden has announced the upcoming “ALL NATIONS INDIGEFEST“ in West Sacramento, California.

"It has been an amazing journey building and growing with our community. We have accomplished so much and have to take time to enjoy the fruits of our labor TOGETHER.

Please join us as we uplift and celebrate, art, music, food, and culture. More to come."

Follow them on social media for updates on the event: