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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Educational Organizations, and Tribal Governments for Projects to Benefit Native Farmers and Ranchers

Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) General Grant and Youth Grant


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Native American Agriculture Fund
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Important Dates
Deadline: 06/01/23 11:59 PM CT Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, educational organizations, tribal governments, and community development financial institutions for projects that benefit the Native American farming and ranching industries. Project types include youth programming, agricultural education, business assistance, advocacy services, and technical support.

Applicants for targeted funding may apply for one or more areas listed below:

  • General Focus: Business Assistance, Agricultural Education, Technical Support and Advocacy
  • General Focus: Loan Capital, Re-granting Capital & Technical Assistance/Business Assistance (CDFIs only)
  • Special Focus: Agriculture Infrastructure (Tribes only)
  • Special Focus: Beginning Farmer and Rancher
  • Special Focus: Climate Resilience and Conservation
  • Special Focus: Communal Land Acquisition (TCUs, Tribes, and CDFIs only)

Youth Programming (Eligible Entities: All types of eligible entities may apply): NAAF also believes Native youth (broadly defined as early childhood to 18 years old) are critical to the continued growth of Native food systems and to that end seeks projects that focus on support of the next generation. Youth engagement in agriculture can occur in many ways: K12 classroom activities, community youth gardens, community youth ag policy councils, FFA or 4-H, youth food summits or mobilizing Native youth to take on more roles in food systems and food production development activities.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
As required by the Trust Agreement, eligible applicants include:

• Nonprofit organizations with IRS Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, or if such status has not yet been achieved, such organizations may apply for funding through a Fiscal Sponsor that has received such 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status;
• Educational organizations described in Section 170(b)(1)(A)(ii) of the Internal Revenue Code;
• Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), including Certified Native CDFIs and Emerging Native CDFIs, provided however that such CDFI is a tax-exempt organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; and
• An instrumentality of a state or federally recognized Tribe, including a non-profit organization chartered under the Tribal law of a state or federally recognized Tribe, that furnishes assistance designed to further Native American farming or ranching activities, provided, however that 1) the use of any grant funds by such grant recipient shall be restricted exclusively to charitable and educational purposes; 2) the grant recipient shall annually provide NAAF with audited financial statements and reports as required by NAAF; 3) if the grant recipient is a governmental entity, it shall agree to a limited waiver of sovereign immunity with respect to NAAF’s right to enforce the terms of the grant (i.e. the amount of funding awarded); and 4) if the grant recipient agrees to comply with all expenditure responsibility requirements designed by NAAF.

In addition, organizations must:
- have provided and plan to provide business assistance, agricultural education, technical support, or advocacy services to Native farmers and ranchers
- base their work in the United States
- propose projects that will provide assistance designed to further Native farming and ranching activities that will directly benefit Native farmers and ranchers
- use any award made exclusively for charitable and educational purposes described in Section 170(c)(2)(B) of the IRS Code

NAAF encourages start-up nonprofit organizations that have applied for 501(c)(3) status from the IRS but not yet received a favorable determination to apply through a Fiscal Sponsor who can also provide important technical support for proposed project activities.

For a list of unallowable uses of funds, see:

Note: Only Tribal governments may apply for industrial hemp project funding.

Pre-Proposal Conference
NAAF will host 2023 RFA Webinars on the following five (5) dates. Each webinar will start with a one-hour overview of the application process and then transition to a question-and-answer period. Webinars will offer technical assistance to applicants and provide clarification concerning applicant eligibility or focus areas for applications during this grant cycle. All webinar recordings will be posted and archived on the NAAF website. Registration is required to participate.

Register for the webinars by clicking below
General Webinar:
Youth Webinar:
Thursday, April 13 at 2 – 4 pm CT
Thursday, April 20 at 2 – 4 pm CT (Youth Programming Only)
Thursday, April 27 at 2 – 4 pm CT
Thursday, May 11 at 2 – 4 pm CT
Thursday, May 25 at 2 – 4 pm CT

Pre-Application Information
Key Dates:
- April 1, 2023: The 2023 RFA General and 2023 RFA Youth will open.
- June 1, 2023: The 2023 RFA General will close at 11:59 p.m. CT. The 2023 RFA Youth will close at 11:59 p.m. CT.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
For 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organizations:
Available Pool: $2,000,000
Minimum Request Per Focus: $150,000
Maximum Request Per Focus: $200,000

For Educational Organizations:
Available Pool: $2,000,000
Minimum Request Per Focus: $150,000
Maximum Request Per Focus: $200,000

For CDFIs:
Available Pool: $4,000,000
Minimum Request Per Focus: N/A
Maximum Request Per Focus: N/A; applicants may not request the full available pool.

For Tribal Governments and Instrumentalities:
Available Pool: $2,000,000
Minimum Request Per Focus: $150,000
Maximum Request Per Focus: $200,000

Special Focus: Agriculture Infrastructure
Minimum Request Per Focus: $50,000
Maximum Request Per Focus: $100,000

Special Focus: Market Access
Minimum Request Per Focus: $50,000
Maximum Request Per Focus: $100,000

Special Focus: Tribal Departments of Agriculture
Minimum Request Per Focus: $50,000
Maximum Request Per Focus: $100,000

Youth Programming
Available Pool: $1,000,000
Minimum Request: $20,000
Maximum Request: $200,000

Term of Contract
Funds may be used for projects that are up to 24 months (2 years) in duration. NAAF prefers projects that are 12, 18 or 24 months in duration, but for unique projects NAAF will consider time periods below 12 months.

Contact Information
Apply online:

Native American Agriculture Fund, Attn: Grants
P.O. Box 1427
Fayetteville, AR, 72702
479-445-6226, then dial 101 to reach Grants Information

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