Funding Opportunities
January 31, 2020
Dear Members, Partners and Friends:

USDA Rural Development Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program is inviting proposals for value-added activities related to the processing and marketing of new products. 

The International Trade Administrations's Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) provides financial and technical assistance to support projects that enhance the global competitiveness of U.S. industries. This is a good source for trade associations and chambers of commerce.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has opened nominations for new National Scenic Byways. Encourage tourists to travel historic roads near your reservation.

The Bush Foundation works to inspire and support creative problem solving within and across sectors. The foundation's Ecosystem grant program supports tribal nation building projects.

Vision Maker Media (VMM) empowers Native People to share stories.They are inviting proposals for projects intended for public programs that represent the experiences, values and cultures of American Indians and Alaska Natives. These kinds of programs can be used in cultural centers and educational programs.

AIANTA has developed a webinar series on resource and funding opportunities and for cultural tourism. Be sure to sign up to learn about how to successfully apply for support from these programs. The next webinar is with the National Park Service on Tuesday, February 4, at 10 a.m. Mountain time. To register, visit our Webinar website page.

Here's to a great tourism season!
USDA Rural Development Invites Applications for Value-Added
Producer Grants

Deadline: March 5, 2020
USDA Rural Development program is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. The Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and marketing of new products. 

Funds can be used for planning activities or for working capital expenses related to producing and marketing a value-added agricultural product. For example, processing wheat into flour, corn into ethanol, slaughtering livestock or creating specialty items that would appeal to customers.

"Fruit growers can dry their product or make wines, juices, vinegars, spreads, sauces, syrups and preserves. Grain growers might create cereals and baking mixes. Dairy operators can bottle milk or make cheese, while livestock producers might sell dried meat or specialty cuts." (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education)

For More Information
Contact the USDA Grants Division, Cooperative Programs, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, MS 3253, Room 4008-South, Washington, DC 20250–3253, or call (202) 690–1374. 
Market Development Cooperator Program Announces Financial Assistance Awards Available

Deadline April 27, 2020
The International Trade Administrations's Market Development Cooperator Program (MDCP) provides financial and technical assistance to support projects that enhance the global competitiveness of U.S. industries. AIANTA received funding in 2016-2019 to train Indian firms on marketing destinations, attractions, landscapes and tours.

An MDCP award establishes a partnership between ITA and non-profit industry groups like trade associations and standards-developing organizations. Such groups are particularly effective in reaching small- and medium-size enterprises. The non-profit groups compete for a limited number of MDCP awards by proposing innovative projects that address trade barriers, enhance industry competitiveness and generate exports that create or sustain U.S. jobs.

All MDCP projects are supposed to be designed so that project activity and benefit to U.S. firms continues long after the MDCP funding is depleted.

For More Information
You can download an MDCP PowerPoint presentation that gives a general overview of how the program works. For more information, contact MDCP Director Brad Hess at Brad.Hess@trade.gov .
Nominations Open for the National Scenic Byways Designation

Opens: February 13, 2020
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has just announced that the application packet for nominations for new National Scenic Byways will be available on their website on February 13, 2020. This is the first time in 12 years, state and tribal scenic byways have had the opportunity to apply for the national status.

A Scenic Byway is recognized by the United States Department of Transportation for one or more of six "intrinsic qualities:" archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic. Good examples of tribal scenic byways are: Cherokee Hills Byway and the Native American Scenic Byway (North and South Dakota).

For More Information
Visit the Scenic Byways website, or contact Danielle Blackshear at d anielle.blackshear@dot.gov or Wesley Blount at wesley.blount@dot.gov.
The Bush Foundation Invites Applications to Ecosystem Grants

Deadline: February 13, 2020
The Bush Foundation works to inspire and support creative problem solving within and across sectors. The foundation's Ecosystem grant program aims to strengthen the programs and organizations that do the most to support the people doing that work. 

The Foundation is committed to advancing racial and economic equity in its service area — Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the twenty-three Native nations that share the same geography. One of the Foundation's focus areas is Nation Building that support tribal governments to exercise sovereignty, others include community creativity and social business ventures.

Ecosystem grants provide operating support to programs and organizations that:

  • Provide critical data and analysis.
  • Spread great ideas and build capacity.
  • Advance public awareness and policy.
  • Build and support leadership networks.

Organizations may apply to receive as much as $300,000 over three years in operating support. The annual grant amount is typically 25% of the organization’s expenses, up to $100,000 per year. 

For More Information
For more information, or to talk with someone about the Ecosystem grant program, call (651) 379-2218 or email Ecosystem@BushFoundation.org.
Vision Maker Media Announces Funding for Public Media Projects

Deadline: March 1, 2020
Vision Maker Media (VMM) works to empowers and engages Native People to share stories. VMM invites proposals for programs intended for public television that represent the experiences, values and cultures of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Projects should be accessible to a broad audience, have the potential for a national broadcast and be used for effective outreach/community engagement activities to reach audiences beyond a Public Television broadcast. 

Vision Maker Media also offers paid multimedia public television internships to undergraduate or graduate students. With major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the purpose of the paid internship is to increase the opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native youth in public broadcasting. Interns can be located throughout the United States at a Public Television station—or at Vision Maker Media in Lincoln, Nebraska!

For More Information:
Visit the the Public Media Fund website for more information or contact Rebekka Schlichting, Assistant Director, at rschlichting@netad.unl.edu.
AIANTA Webinar Series Provides Funding Opportunities that Support Cultural Tourism Development
AIANTA has joined with our partners to provide a webinar series on resource development opportunities and tips for success. Each webinar is designed to introduce and equip organizations with the knowledge needed to find and apply for funding opportunities to support cultural heritage tourism development. To register for a webinar, visit the AIANTA Webinar Series webpage and click the To Register button on the webinar of your choosing.


National Park Service Resources
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Mountain

The National Park Service manages several grant and technical assistance programs available to tribes and tribal communities that support the protection and development of cultural, natural and recreation tourism assets. 

National Endowment for the Arts Opportunities
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Mountain

The National Endowment for the Arts manages a range of grant opportunities and fellowships. They will provide an overview of the programs, examples of successful projects and things to consider when submitting an application or nomination.

For More Information:
Visit the AIANTA website for more information, or contact Glenda Toledo at (505) 433-2120 or gtoledo@aianta.org, or Sherrie Bowman at (505) 209-2479 or sbowman@aianta.org.

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