Fertile Ground Grant Program Awards Five Grants to Native American Organizations

Published March 13, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS – Five Native American organizations have received $35,000 grants, thanks to a partnership between the American Indian Cancer Foundation (AICAF), the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC), and Voices for Healthy Kids, an initiative of the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The grant awards, totaling $175,000, will support innovative nutrition- and health-focused advocacy efforts under the partnership’s new, competitive Fertile Ground Grant Program.
The grant program provides support for Native-led convenings to identify community health priorities; advocacy and policy strategies that address improving health outcomes; access to healthy food; and food sovereignty work rooted in tradition, culture, and Indigenous knowledge.
The five grant recipients include:
  • College of Menominee Nation (Wisconsin)
  • Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment (New Mexico)
  • Feed Seven Generations (Washington)
  • 4-Directions Development (Minnesota)
  • Na’ah Illahe Fund (Washington)
The Fertile Ground Grant Program represents a funding collaboration where both the SMSC and Voices for Healthy Kids have contributed $100,000 to improve Native American nutrition. AICAF serves as the Fertile Ground grant-making intermediary, administering the program and providing technical assistance to grant recipients.

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