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California Food Sovereignty and Local Control of Food Systems Grant

First Nations Development Institute

Closed May 31, 2023

First Nations expects to award 10 to 12 grants averaging $40,000 to California-based tribes or tribally-controlled non-profit organizations as they work toward building a statewide movement that will fulfill a vision of California Native communities and food systems that are self-directed, well-resourced, and supported by community policies and systems.

This grant is made possible through the generous support of the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, the Elizabeth R & William J Patterson Foundation, the Sierra Health Foundation, and the Walter and Elise Haas Fund.


Organizations eligible to apply include California located, Native American-controlled, nonprofit 501(c)(3), tribal organizations, and Native §7871 organizations. First Nations considers “Native controlled” to mean that the majority (more than 50%) of the organization’s Board of Directors is tribally affiliated. Types of eligible applicants include, but are not limited to:

  • California based Federal and State Recognized Tribal Governments

  • Native-controlled 501(c)(3) nonprofits

  • Native-controlled community organizations with fiscal sponsorship

  • Native §7871 Organizations

  • Native-controlled community organizations with fiscal sponsorship

Application Instructions

All applicants must complete the First Nations online grant application, including submission of necessary attachments.


Release Date

May 1, 2023


May 31, 2023

Financial Instrument


Maximum Award Amount


Updated May 13, 2023

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