$12 Million in Grants Awarded to Organizations Advancing Native American Agriculture

$12 Million in Grants Awarded to Organizations Advancing Native American Agriculture

Sep 19, 2022

The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) announces $12 million in grants to eligible entities serving Native American farmers and ranchers. NAAF is in its fourth year of grantmaking, reaching $55 million since the first funding cycle in 2019 impacting more than 300 distinct projects across Indian Country.

NAAF’s announcement of 49 grant projects impacts more than 160,000 Native American farmers, ranchers, fishers, harvesters, and community producers through education and technical assistance, community-centric and cultural models of economic development, loans and scholarships, and various other projects that increase access to capital. Earlier this year, NAAF announced more than $900,000 for 23 grant projects serving Native youth across 81 Tribal Nations.

The 2022 grantmaking cycle includes:

      • $2,003,453.62 for Nonprofit 501(c)3 Organizations
      • $999,186.21 for Educational Organizations
      • $4,998,635.00 for Community Financial Development Institutions (CDFIs)
      • $924,831.29 for Tribes
      • $598,827.00 for Agriculture Infrastructure
      • $492,491.60 for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers
      • $945,489.14 for Climate Resilience, Conservation and Disaster Assistance
      • $125,000.00 for Communal Land Acquisition
      • $912,086.14 for Native Youth Programming

“The solutions to developing thriving food systems that sustain our tribal communities come from within Indian Country. We are seeing the capacity of Native agriculture grow, and with it NAAF is always adapting to meet the needs of Native farmers and ranchers by increasing access to capital and investing in economic development through the lens of agriculture. The projects led by our grantees also continue to develop, reaching new levels of impact even through challenges such as changing climates and pandemic-related disruptions,” says Toni Stanger-McLaughlin (Colville), CEO of the Native American Agriculture Fund.

To learn more about this investment in Indian Country agriculture, view NAAF’s list of 2022 grantees.

About the Native American Agriculture Fund:

The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) provides grants to eligible organizations for business assistance, agricultural education, technical support, and advocacy services to support Native farmers and ranchers. The charitable trust was created by the settlement of the landmark Keepseagle v. Vilsack class-action lawsuit. NAAF is the largest philanthropic organization devoted solely to serving the Native American farming and ranching community.