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New Jersey Commission on American Indian Affairs

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary
New Jersey Commission on American Indian Affairs

Funding Opportunities

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USDA Forest Service Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program Announces Funding Opportunity for 2020

Deadline: January 6, 2020

The Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (Community Forest Program) of the U.S. Forest Service offers a unique opportunity to establish community forests by protecting forest land from conversion to non-forest uses and to provide community benefits such as sustainable forest management; environmental benefits including clean air, water and wildlife habitat; benefits from forest-based educational programs; benefits from serving as models of effective forest stewardship; and recreational benefits secured with public access.

Two Tribes have successfully competed for these funds:

  • The Eastern Band of Cherokee secured a culturally and historically significant 108-acre Hall Mountain tract, incorporating a scenic hiking trail system that will exhibit uses of natural resources traditionally used by the Cherokee.
  • The Kalispel Tribe of Indians will procure forest lands located in northeastern Washington, adjacent to Colville National Forest. The Indian Creek Community Forest is designated as a critical habitat for the threatened species of bull trout, woodland caribou and grizzly bear, and offers a wide variety of recreation opportunities including mountain biking, hiking, horseback riding, fishing and hunting.

For More Information
Email questions or comments to or contact Scott Stewart, Forest Legacy Program Manager & Community Forest Program Manager, (202) 205-1618 or

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Institute of Museum and Library Services Grants for Museums

Deadline November 15, 2019

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) gives museums across the United States several opportunities to apply for grants from the nation’s primary source of federal museum funding. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting applications for several grant programs:

  • Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services: to provide opportunities to sustain heritage, culture and knowledge through strengthened activities in areas such as exhibitions, educational services and programming, professional development and collections stewardship.
  • Inspire! Grants for Small Museums: to help small museums implement projects that address priorities identified in their strategic plans.
  • Museums for America: to support projects that strengthen the ability of an individual museum to serve its public.
  • Museums Empowered: to provide professional development opportunities for museum staff; a special initiative supports staff capacity building projects that use professional development to generate systemic change within a museum.
  • National Leadership Grants for Museums: support projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession so that museums can improve services for the American public.

Webinars are being held for each program. For a list of dates and times, visit:

For More Information:
For more information on IMLS funding opportunities and eligibility criteria for each grant program, please visit For information about Native American services, contact Sandra Narva, Senior Program Officer at or 202-653-4634

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First Nations Native Agriculture & Food Systems College Scholarships Applications Available

Deadline: September 30, 2019

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is accepting applications for the sixth year of its First Nations Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship Program. The program aims to encourage more Native American college students to enter agriculture and agriculture-related fields so they can better assist their communities with these efforts.

First Nations will award 20 to 25 scholarships of $1,000 to $1,500 each for the 2019-2020 academic school year to Native American college students majoring in agriculture and agriculture-related fields, including but not limited to agribusiness management, agriscience technologies, agronomy, animal husbandry, aquaponics, environmental studies, fisheries and wildlife, food production and safety, food-related policy and legislation, food science and technology, horticulture, irrigation science and sustainable agriculture or food systems.

For More Information:
More information and a link to the online application can be found at

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Local Foods, Local Places Invites Applicants for Technical Assistance

Deadline: September 30, 2019

Local Foods, Local Places offers opportunities for communities to engage and partner around a local foods project, which often springboards into additional collaborative efforts.

Local Foods, Local Places is a federal initiative providing direct technical support to build strong local food systems as part of a community's emerging economic action plans. Under this effort, selected communities receive access to technical experts who will work with them to hold a two-day convening that brings together stakeholders in the community to develop an action plan for creating more vibrant downtowns and neighborhoods by promoting local foods. The program does not provide any funds directly to communities.

Local Foods, Local Places is a partnership between USDA, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Transportation, the Appalachian Regional Commission and the Delta Regional Authority. Participation from these federal and state agencies and other potential funding partners is encouraged, so communities can learn about applying for additional resources, but funds are not guaranteed.

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Report on 2019 National Endowment for the Humanities Grants to Tribes

The National Endowment for the Humanities has several programs that support communities. Here are some funded this year that relate to cultural heritage.

  • Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, Coos Bay, Oregon ($40,000), Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections grant: Planning for sustainable lighting, improvements in the storage environment and architectural design for a new Tribal Museum and Cultural Center being developed on one of the oldest Native American settlements on the southern Oregon coast, known as “the Hollering Place.” The tribe manages 100 distinct collections, including baskets, archival materials, manuscripts and recordings of indigenous languages.
  • Little Wound School District, Kyle, South Dakota ($200,000), Media Projects Production grant: Production of The Heart of All That Is, a seven-episode podcast series about the history of the Oglala Lakota Sioux.
  • United Keetowah Band of Cherokee Indians, Tahlequah, Oklahoma ($10,000), Preservation Assistance grant: Guarding Oklahoma Native American Heritage Project. The work of two preservation specialists to update the tribes museum disaster plan and offer workshops to museum staff, first responders and staff of nearby tribal institutions. The workshops would include hands-on training for risk assessment, disaster preparedness and response, and working with first responders. The project will result in the establishment of a communication network and collaborations with partner cultural heritage institutions.
  • Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Cortez, Colorado ($169,984) Landmarks of American History grant: Mesa Verde National Park and Pueblo Indian history. Two one-week workshops for 72 K-12 educators to study Pueblo history and culture through the archaeology of Mesa Verde.
  • Bend High Desert Museum, Bend, Oregon ($8,653), Preservation Assistance grant: A preservation assessment of approximately 7,000 objects, which document many of the indigenous groups of the Columbia River Plateau, including the Colville, Yakama, Klamath, Nez Perce and Umatilla Tribes, over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The collection includes beaded bags, cedar root baskets, clothing and textiles, cradleboards, tools, horse trappings and jewelry.
  • Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah ($169,445), Landmarks of American History: Voices of the Ancients archaeology and oral tradition in the American Southwest. Two one-week workshops for 72 K-12 educators about the ancient Fremont culture of the American Southwest.

For More Information:
If you have questions, visit NEH frequently posts about new grant opportunities and NEH grantee achievements on its social media platforms (the handle is always @NEHgov). There are also a number of email newsletters to which you can subscribe.

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