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First Nations Development Institute Offers Grants to Support Nutrition Education for Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) Recipients

/ -- LONGMONT, CO--(Marketwired - July 26, 2016) - First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) today launched the "Nutrition Education for Native American Communities" project that will provide grants to Native American communities interested in starting or expanding nutrition education programing for Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) recipients. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

With the generous support of the Walmart Foundation, First Nations plans to award up to 30 grants totaling $10,000 each to FDPIR programs that expand access to nutrition education programs in Native communities and measure the effectiveness of education interventions.

FDPIR is an important local food-access program that helps the most vulnerable individuals and families in Native communities. Due to a variety of issues including inadequate funding, many FDPIR programs do not have the opportunity to provide nutrition education to their constituents. This grant opportunity is intended to expand these opportunities for local programs and will support FDPIR programs that are looking to provide or expand nutrition workshops, cooking classes/food demonstrations, healthy recipe development, development and dissemination of educational materials and more. The grant period commences Sept. 1, 2016, and ends June 1, 2017.

FDPIR programs looking to initiate or expand culturally- and community-based nutrition education projects that will encourage Native individuals and families to improve their nutrition and healthy habits are encouraged to apply. Organizations eligible to apply for this opportunity will be Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs), other programs that are NAFDPIR members, FDPIR programs and tribal programs or nonprofit organizations working with FDPIR programs. State agencies that run FDPIR programs are not eligible to apply. Proposals must come from communities themselves. Given the small dollar amount of grants, applicants can collaborate to expand nutrition education programing, though each partner must be explicit about their individual contributions to the collaboration and distribute costs adequately.

For full information on this grant opportunity or to begin an application, please visit

About First Nations Development Institute
For 36 years, using a three-pronged strategy of educating grassroots practitioners, advocating for systemic change, and capitalizing Indian communities, First Nations has been working to restore Native American control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own -- be they land, human potential, cultural heritage or natural resources -- and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native American communities. First Nations serves Native American communities throughout the United States. For more information about First Nations, visit

Raymond Foxworth
First Nations Vice President of Grantmaking, Development & Communications
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Randy Blauvelt
First Nations Senior Communications Officer
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