Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples

Seventh Generation Fund is an Indigenous identity-based organization dedicated to the self determination of Native Peoples . Seventh Generation Fund supports projects engaged in community empowerment and organizing endeavors, issue advocacy, cultural revitalization, strengthening Indigenous knowledge and practices, and Native leadership development, in the following program areas.

Program Areas

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  1. Arts & Cultural Expression: Promoting traditional, contemporary, and media art forms that express creativity, enhance tribal identity and cultural vitality, strengthen intergenerational cultural transmission, and recover tribal languages.
  2. Environmental Health & Justice: Supporting frontline grassroots actions and advocacy for protecting and restoring ecosystems and reinforcing traditional stewardship relationships and practices with the land. This includes community-based efforts to revitalize traditional spiritual practices and life ways and to protect and preserve traditional sacred sites and religious freedom.
  3. Sustainable Communities: Advancing community development and cohesion through food security/sovereignty methods, alternative and renewable energy, grassroots organizing, cultural healing and strategies for well-being that preserve, nurture and restore tribal life ways that advance Native Earth-based knowledge, cultural sustainability, and traditional practices.
  4. Human Rights: Empowering Indigenous Peoples within local, national, and international arenas by building their knowledge base of human rights instruments, gaining experiential skills, and participating in negotiation, advocacy, and international diplomacy.
  5. Intergenerational Leadership Initiative: Promoting and strengthening culturally-relevant, community-based training in leadership that strengthen, uphold, and honor Indigenous (tribal) identities, protocols, learning, sharing and core values, among diverse generations.
  6. Women’s Leadership: Promoting and honoring the leadership role of Indigenous women by supporting female-initiated and led projects that advance the concerns and perspectives, and empower and build the capacity of Indigenous women and girls of all ages, in all arenas.

Types of Grants

Grant awards range from $600 to $5,000 per year. An organization may apply for one grant per fiscal year for Native initiated and led community based projects for the following purposes:

  1. General Support
    1. General operating costs
    2. Seed funds to assist with establishing an emerging community based organization
  2. Capacity building: Traveling Song Initiative (TSI) – In amounts of $500 or $1,500 or $2,500 for Indigenous Peoples’ participation in regional, national, and international meetings, advocacy and skills building opportunities.
  3. Mini-grants – From $50 to $500 per year

Eligibility Criteria

Seventh Generation Fund supports Indigenous-initiated and Indigenous-led community-based organizations and projects aligned with priority areas. An eligible organization is defined as one that fulfills all of the following requirements:

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  • Is a Native American / Indigenous Peoples’ initiative or project that accomplishes its work within the community it serves (reservation, rancheria, reserve, rural, urban, etc);
  • Is Indigenous / Native led – at a minimum 80% of its board of directors / leadership (policy and decision-makers) are Indigenous Peoples;
  • Has a majority Indigenous/Native American individuals on staff who are engaged at all levels of the organization / project, not solely as administrative or support staff, and,
  • Has an annual operating budget of less than $150,000
  • Seventh Generation Fund does not grant to individuals or missionary/proselytizing endeavors.

How to Apply

Applicants must send a complete grant application package including the following:

  1. Cover Sheet
  2. Proposal Narrative (no more than 6 pages)
  3. 501c3 – IRS non-profit tax determination letter or management letter from fiscal sponsor
  4. Financial Information: Operating Budget for current fiscal year
  5. List of other sources of funding – Indicate whether Pending or Approved and amounts
  6. Leadership information, i.e. list of Board of Directors, indicating Indigenous affiliations
  7. Staff and volunteer listing, indicating (where appropriate) Indigenous affiliations
  8. Letters of support

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