General Support Grants

Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples

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Grant amount: US $500 - US $50,000

Next deadline: Jun 7, 2019

Later deadlines: Oct 11, 2019, Mar 1, 2020

Applicant type: Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program, General Operating Expense

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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Seventh Generation Fund is an Indigenous identity-based organization dedicated to the self-determination of Native Peoples and the sovereignty of our distinct Nations that mobilizes financial, technical, and informational resources directly to Native communities to empower action.

General Support Grants

  • Assist with establishing an emerging, grassroots Native organization or community
  • Cover general operating costs of an existing Native organization
  • Help a Native community-based organization accomplish its work
  • Facilitate project-specific training, pay for experts/consultants, or provide for other organizational capacity building needs
  • Support group participation in regional workshops, national forums and special conferences to help build new skills to benefit the community

Seventh Generation Fund supports Native communities whose goals and objectives closely match one of our funding Initiatives.

Land Defenders and Water Protectors

  • Up to $10,000

Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples’ Land Defenders and Water Protectors supports Native led actions against incursions, unwanted development, and extractive industries as well as threats to sacred sites in Indigenous communities, lands and territories. Land Defenders and Water Protectors grants will be available for Indigenous Peoples’ community based organizations doing frontline advocacy and peaceful direct actions responding to the desecration of Mother Earth. 

Thriving Women

  • United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands
    • $1,000 to $30,000 
  • Alaska
    • $10,000 - 50,000

Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples requests proposals for Thriving Women: projects that nurture and support the safety, health and vitality of Indigenous women, girls and families. Applications should include work related to any or all of the following areas:

Birthkeeping, Motherhood, and Kinship

Projects centralize traditional birthing systems, motherhood, and kinship-building, such as midwifery, prenatal community education, and sisterhood convenings/groups.

Cultural Continuity

Projects support Native Identity development and cultural education of women and girls, such as on ancestral languages, traditional foods and lands, coming-of-age ceremonies, Indigenous concepts of gender and community roles, and other cultural activities.

A World Without Violence Against Women

Projects include leadership development, emergency shelter and crisis support services, issue advocacy, educational workshops, and traditional approaches to healing and protection.

Community Empowerment and Cultural Vitality

  • Up to $10,000

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Seventh Generation Fund supports Indigenous-initiated and led community-based organizations. As threshold requirements, for the purposes of consideration for support from Seventh Generation Fund, an eligible organization is defined as one that:
    • Is a Native American / Indigenous Peoples’ initiative or project that accomplishes its work within the community it serves (reservation, reserve, rancheria, 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;
    • Has an annual operating budget of less than $200,000.
  • Further, this seven-point Selection Criteria provides a minimum standard which Seventh Generation Fund applies to assess grant applications, as follows:
    • That the Project,
      • Emerges from within a Native community. Its purpose, design and implementation strategy originates from the Indigenous Peoples it serves.
      • Engenders leadership authority and decision-making activities that are vested directly in the people in whose community the project is centered and who are impacted by the initiative.
      • Promotes and enhances the Native language, culture, traditions, values and lifeways of the community constituents.
      • Demonstrates the intent to become self-reliant and a commitment to the development of training and technical assistance strategies to increase the group’s capacity for self-reliance.
      • Shows a capacity and willingness to carry out its mission in a manner that impacts the largest number of people and broadest segments of their society.
      • Strives to incorporate internal capacity building processes within its structure and planning in order to increase the number of skilled people within the community.
      • Honors and upholds diversity. Does not promote or perpetuate racism, sexism, oppression nor exploitation of other humans nor of the Natural World.


  • Seventh Generation Fund Does Not Fund: 
    • Individuals
    • Non-Indigenous organizations
    • Organizations without 501c3 determination or those without a fiscal manager/sponsor
    • Political campaigns or direct lobbying
    • Scholarships or fellowships
    • Fundraising events
    • Religious organizations, missionary or proselytizing activities
    • Capital improvements