2019 Natwani Coalition Grant Program
Natwani Coalition Grant Program Funder
Native American Agricultural Fund
Keepseagle V. Vilsack
In 1999, the Keepseagle V. Vilsack class-action suit was filed by Marilyn and George Keepseagle from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, alleging that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) had engaged in illegal discrimination against Native American farmers and ranchers in the Farm Loan Program and servicing of loans dating back to 1981.
In 2010, after more than a decade of litigation, the federal government and the parties agreed to a settlement. The original settlement resulted in the creation of a $680 million compensation fund, another $80 million in debt relief, and tax relief in addition to other forms of programmatic relief to be instituted by USDA. A six-month claims process resulted in approved claims for more than 3,600 Native farmers and ranchers.
As a part of the settlement agreement, a cy pres fund was created. After a significant period of further negotiation, a second compensation payment and additional tax relief to successful claimants was approved and an additional $38 million in “fast track” grants to nonprofit and other eligible organizations that support Native farmers and ranchers was also authorized.
In 2018, the court directed that the remaining funds be distributed through a newly created Native American Agriculture Fund. Having received final approval to begin its work in 2018, the Native American Agriculture Fund must distribute its funds within a period of 20 years. The Native American Agriculture Fund will provide grants to eligible entities for business assistance, agricultural education, technical support, and advocacy services to support Native farmers and ranchers . Eligible entities include 501(c)3 organizations, educational organizations, CDFIs and Native CDFIs, and tribal governments.
Information taken from the Native American Agricultural Fund website
2019 Local Food producers, farmers, growers & ranchers community grant program
The Natwani Coalition offered the 2019 Local Food Producers, Farmers, Growers & Ranchers Community Grant Program to the Hopi/Tewa community that begun in Februray 2019 until September 30, 2019. A total of $37,500.00 was available for this grant. Each grant award varied between $500.00 - $2,000.00. The grant is open in three cycles depending on the grantees readiness to apply. The Natwani Coalition accepted proposals that provide projects and activities that support the mission, vision and goals of the Natwani Coalition.
We are happy to announce we have granted 34 community members of the Hopi and Tewa community!
2019 Partnership Capacity Building Grant
The Natwani Coalition offered the 2019 Partnership Capacity Building Grant to Hopi/Tewa community-based organization. The grant cycle began as of February 2019 until September 30, 2019. A total of $150,000.00 was available for this grant. Each grant award varied between $10,00.00 - $25,000.00. The grant was open in two cycles depending on the grantees readiness to apply. The Natwani Coalition accepted proposals that provide projects and activities that support the mission, vision and goals of the Natwani Coalition.
We are happy to announce we have granted 6 Hopi/Tewa community-based organizations!