Funding Opportunities
January 4, 2021
Dear Members, Partners and Friends:

The USDA Competitive Grant Program is accepting applications for projects that fight food insecurity through developing community food projects.

Vision Maker Media is seeking public media film and television projects that are intended and appropriate for Public Media Television Broadcasting.

The National Endowment for the Arts supports exemplary arts projects in communities nationwide through grantmaking, initiatives, partnerships and events.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs has extended its deadline for funding for energy technology on tribal lands.

Clif Bar Family Foundation Small Grants Program is accepting applications to conserve wild places and open spaces, advocate for pedestrian-and bike-friendly communities and restore watersheds.

The Save America’s Treasures grant program, offered by the National Park Service, is taking applications to help preserve nationally significant historic properties and collections.

The PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program is providing funding for bicycle infrastructure projects.

NEH is accepting applications for Public Humanities Projects grants which support projects that bring the ideas and insights of the humanities to life for general audiences.

First Nations Development Institute is accepting grant proposals through the GATHER Food Sovereignty Grants.

The National Forest Foundation is soliciting proposals for its Matching Awards Program (MAP) to inspire personal and meaningful connections to our national forests and grasslands.
USDA Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program Open


Deadline: May 4, 2021
The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program (CFPCGP) is accepting applications for projects that fight food insecurity through developing community food projects that help promote the self-sufficiency of low-income communities.

NIFA's Community Food Projects (CFP) is funding two types of grants:

  • Community Food Projects support the development of projects with a one-time infusion of federal dollars to make such projects self-sustaining. CFPs are designed to create community-based food projects with objectives, activities and outcomes that are in alignment with the Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program (CFPCGP) primary goals.

  • Planning Projects (PP) complete a plan toward the improvement of community food security in keeping with the primary goals of the CFPCGP.

For More Information
For more information, visit www.nifa.usda.gov. Read the abstracts of previously funded programs (including several tribal programs) at Read the Abstracts.
Vision Maker Media Public Media Fund Calls for Proposals


Deadline: February 12, 2021
Vision Maker Media is seeking public media film and television projects that are intended and appropriate for Public Media Television Broadcasting, including Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) digital and streaming platforms, that represent the cultures, experiences, and perspectives of Native Americans and Alaska Natives.

Reaching the general public and the global market is the ultimate goal for the dissemination of Native produced media that shares Native perspectives with the world. One of the initiatives is projects that profile Native American Tribes underrepresented in the United States and on Public Television.

For More Information
For general information or inquiries, contact Vision Maker Media at visionmaker@unl.edu or (402) 472-3522.
NEA Grant Calendar for 2021 Programs Available


Deadline: February 11, 2021
The National Endowment for the Arts supports exemplary arts projects in communities nationwide through grantmaking, initiatives, partnerships, and events. To select your project’s discipline use the drop-down list of programs. Here are two programs that can be used for cultural heritage tourism programs:

Folk Arts: Projects for federally recognized tribes, programs whose primary focus is the reanimation, fortification and continuation of traditional lifeways for tribal communities; and projects with the primary purpose to support the transmission of tradition and the strengthening of living traditions (apprenticeship programs, mentorship programs).

Design Arts: Historic and community preservation projects that promote awareness of cultural and historic assets, or adaptive reuse of historic properties for cultural and arts uses; and, design and community planning for new arts/cultural buildings, districts, neighborhoods, public spaces, landscapes, or housing for artists or designers.

For More Information
For general information or inquiries, visit the NEA website. For the Folk & Traditional Arts Division, contact Bill Mansfield at mansfieldw@arts.gov. For Design Programs, contact Courtney Spearman at spearmanc@arts.gov.
DOE Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs Energy Funding Deadline Extended Again


Deadline: February 11, 2021
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs has funding for energy technology on tribal lands to stabilize or reduce energy costs and increase energy security and resiliency for Indian Tribes and tribal members. Projects can:

  • Install energy generating systems and energy efficiency measures for tribal buildings;
  • Deploy community-scale energy generating systems or energy storage on tribal lands;
  • Install integrated energy systems for autonomous operation (independent of the traditional centralized electric power grid) to power a single facility or multiple essential tribal facilities during emergency situations or for tribal community resilience; or
  • Deploy energy infrastructure or integrated energy systems to electrify tribal buildings.

For More Information
For general information or inquiries, please contact OIEPP 's help desk at indianenergy@hq.doe.gov. OIEPP accepts applications for technical assistance at an ongoing basis, to apply contact ie-ta@hq.doe.gov.
Clif Bar Family Foundation Small Grants Program Accepting Applications


Deadline: February 1, 2021
Clif Bar Family Foundation supports organizations that are working to conserve wild places and open spaces, advocate for pedestrian-and bike-friendly communities and expand urban forests and restore watersheds.

The Foundation's Small Program grants are awarded for general organizational support as well as funding for specific projects. The Foundation priorities include:

  • A healthier food system improves our air and water quality, creates safer communities and fights climate change by keeping carbon and nitrogen in the soil and reducing the use of petrochemical-based farm inputs.

  • Preserving our wild, open places offers us opportunities for vigorous outdoor activity in clean air and water without leaving a large footprint on the land.

  • Bike and pedestrian routes build stronger, healthier communities by creating more green jobs and reducing traffic congestion, carbon emissions, and air pollution.

For More Information
National Park Service Save America's Treasures Grant Applications Available

Deadline: January 26, 2021
The Save America’s Treasures (SAT) grant program was established to help preserve nationally significant historic properties and collections. The SAT program is administered by the NPS in cooperation with its partners, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).The NPS manages the preservation grants and the IMLS the collections grants, once awarded. 

Properties include historic districts, buildings, sites, structures and objects. Collections include artifacts, museum collections, documents, sculptures, and other works of art. Grant amounts for collections projects are a minimum of $25,000 and a maximum $500,000. For historic property projects, grant amounts are a minimum of $125,000 and a maximum of $500,000. Projects require dollar-for-dollar non-federal matching share.

For More Information
Visit http://go.nps.gov/sat for more information about this grant program. For application assistance, email the National Park Service at STLPG@nps.gov or call (202) 354-2020.
PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program Invites Letters of Intent

LOIs Due: January 22, 2021
Deadline: April 9, 2021
The PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program supports bicycle infrastructure projects and targeted advocacy initiatives that make it easier and safer for people of all ages and abilities to ride. Grants of up to $10,000 are provided for bicycle infrastructure projects, such as:

  • Bike paths, lanes, trails and bridges
  • Mountain bike facilities
  • End-of-trip facilities such as bike racks, bike parking, bike repair stations and bike storage.

The PeopleForBike grant application has two parts: a Letter of Interest that includes basic information about the applying organization and a contact person with an overview of the project proposed for funding. If chosen, PeopleForBikes will request a full project application.

For More Information
See the PeopleForBikes website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and examples of previously funded projects.
NEH Funding Available for Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

Deadline: January 14, 2021
The National Endowment for the Humanities Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections program helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting sustainable conservation measures that mitigate deterioration, prolong the useful life of collections and support institutional resilience.

Funds can be used to:
  • Preserve humanities collections that facilitate research, strengthen teaching and provide opportunities for lifelong learning; and,
  • Ensure the preservation of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and historical objects.

For More Information
For more information, contact the Division of Preservation and Access Team
202-606-8570 or preservation@neh.gov.
First Nations Development Institute Gather Food Sovereignty Grants Available

Deadline: January 14, 2021
First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is accepting grant proposals through the GATHER Food Sovereignty Grants. Grants will be selected for work that contributes to a vision of Native communities and food systems that are self-directed, well-resourced and supported by community policies and systems. 

Examples of allowable activities include:
  • Conducting a community food assessment to examine the economic impact of food system assets and plan next steps,
  • Projects aimed at increasing local food system control, including increasing access to fresh and healthy foods,
  • Increasing local food distribution and marketing to end-use institutions (eg: schools or local and tribal businesses) and larger markets, and/or
  • Strategic Community planning around food sovereignty projects,
  • Increasing the capacity of food producers to manage the environmental, community, and social/political impacts of policy on their food system.

For More Information
For more information, contact Rana LaPine by email at rlapine@firstnations.org or call (303) 774-7836.
National Forest Foundation
2021 Matching Awards Program

Deadline: January 13, 2021
The National Forest Foundation is soliciting proposals for its Matching Awards Program (MAP). This national, competitive grant program provides federal funds for on-the-ground, action-oriented projects that enhance outdoor experiences, forest and ecosystem health, and engage local communities in caring for their public lands.

 Project examples include:
  • Improving or maintaining recreation resource connectivity including trail maintenance, bridge and crossing construction or repair and installation of trail drainage structures;
  • Engaging youth, volunteers, underserved or under-engaged populations in hands-on stewardship activities;
  • Employing youth and/or veterans crews to implement on-the-ground conservation, stewardship and/or restoration work;
  • Engaging community volunteers to complete riparian plantings as part of a watershed-scale restoration project.

For More Information
For additional information, contact Kerry Morse, Conservation Awards Manager, call (406) 830-3358 or email kmorse@nationalforests.org

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