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Native American Agriculture Fund

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Predicted deadline: Jun 1, 2021 9:59pm PDT

Grant amount: Up to US $2,000,000

Fields of work: Agricultural Education Indigenous Sovereignty & Rights Farms & Farming Livestock & Ranching

Applicant type: Indigenous Group, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Capital Project, Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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About the Native American Agricultural 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.

To read the trust agreement, click here.

RFA Funding Areas 2020

RFA Targeted and Special Emphasis Funding Areas

There are two types of funding: targeted and special emphasis:

  • Targeted Funding
    • Applications may be submitted by any of the four (4) eligible entity types to provide assistance or services to Native farmers and ranchers in the following mission areas as described within the RFA and the NAAF Trust Agreement: business assistance, agriculture education, technical support, and advocacy services. 2020 RFA Process - General 3
    • The four (4) eligible entities for NAAF funding, as identified in the NAAF Trust Agreement are: nonprofit organizations, educational organizations, CDFIs and Tribal governments.
  • Special Emphasis Funding 
    • Applications for the following special emphasis projects are also sought. The categories of special emphasis are: Traditional Foods and Food Sovereignty, Advocacy, and Agriculture Extension

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


  • Per Trust Agreement Section 8, eligible grant recipients are:
    • 501(c)(3) organizations and nonprofit organizations with a Fiscal Sponsor
    • Educational organizations
    • Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and Native CDFIs
    • Tribal governments (state and federally recognized) and their instrumentalities
  • Organizations applying for 501(c)(3) status, but who have not yet received that designation, may apply using a Fiscal Sponsor (see Trust Agreement Section 8(c)).
  • Instrumentalities of a Tribal government may mean any number of things including Tribal departments of agriculture, food authorities, or food processing/marketing entities. Tribal governments have the latitude to determine which entities are instrumentalities of their governments; NAAF only needs proper documentation as to that status.


  • The following applicants/uses of funds are NOT eligible under this 2020 Request for Applications:
    • Entities that do not provide business assistance, agriculture education, technical support, or advocacy services to Native farmers and ranchers
    • Work based outside the United States or its territories
    • Projects that do not provide assistance and/or resources designed to impact and further assist in the success of Native farmers and ranchers
    • Projects that seek funding predominately to provide outreach on USDA programs and services (resources for those types of activities are already provided by USDA, therefore use of NAAF funds to provide redundant activity support is unallowable)
    • Projects that assist individual Native farmers and ranchers, but the services are not agriculture-related
    • Use of funds that are not restricted exclusively to charitable and educational purposes described in IRS Section 170(c)(2)(B)
    • Use of funds for litigation; however, offering of legal services important to Native farmers and ranchers is allowable (this can include, but is not limited to: estate planning, land purchase agreements, understanding of legal rights, contract negotiation, assistance with administrative appeals, and other typical services important to those engaged in agriculture)
    • Use of funds for lobbying, political activity or influencing legislation as defined by the IRS (other forms of advocacy may be eligible activities)


This page was last reviewed October 18, 2020 and last updated June 03, 2020