The Land and Water Conservation Fund is a funding source to help local, state, and tribal governments buy land and/or construct improvements on land for conservation and recreation. In Maine it is administered by the Bureau of Parks and Lands in the Maine Department of Agriculture, specifically by Doug Beck (doug.beck@maine.gov). To date, Maine’s tribal communities have only been funded by the LWCF twice back in the 70s, but their applications are encouraged for the next funding cycle beginning September 1, 2020. You can read more about the fund on this website. You can also view Doug Beck’s powerpoint made specifically to answer questions from tribal members here.

The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) seeks grant applications from state and federally recognized Tribes, 501(c)(3) organizations, educational organizations, and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). Toni Stanger-Mclaughlin (Colville), NAAF Director of Programs, said of the fund: “The promise of self-determination through our food systems is within our grasp and we look forward to funding projects that uplift all of Indian Country, especially our Native farmers and ranchers, with this funding cycle.”

The fund RAISE or “Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity” is an option for municipal, county, state or tribal agencies to build alternative transit trails. Rural locales may be eligible for more than 80% project costs.

The Northeastern States Research Cooperative: Indigenous Forest Knowledge FundNSRC recognizes and respects the deep, primary knowledge of Tribal Nations in the Northern Forest region and announces the NSRC Indigenous Forest Knowledge Fund to support: The education, mentorship, and training of Indigenous youth in applied forest research and/or Traditional Ecological Knowledge about forest systems; New applied forest research that advances Tribal Priorities; and The synthesis and translation of forest research and/or Traditional Ecological Knowledge to advance communications, outreach, and economic programs for Tribal Nations and Indigenous communities. Contact: Anthea Lavallee (alavallee@hubbardbrookfoundation.org) or the Maine NSRC state manager Meg Fergusson (margaret.fergusson@maine.edu). 

National Parks Service: Underrepresented Community Grant Program.
The National Park Service is offering grants between $15,000-$50,000 as part of their Underrepresented Community Grant Program through the Historic Preservation Fund. The purpose of these grants is “to diversify the nominations submitted to the National Register of Historic Places to include communities that are currently underrepresented.”  Possible projects they would fund include surveys and inventories of historic properties associated with communities underrepresented in the National Register, as well as the development or amendment of nominations to the National Register. The primary “applicant” must be either a state historic preservation office, tribal historic preservation office, tribal government, or certified local government. Read their official write up here

The Conservation for All grant program invests in organizations and projects that build strong connections between people in Maine and our land and water. The Maine outdoors is a uniquely special place, and we believe it is for everyone. Groups that may apply include Indian tribal governments (or political subdivisions) recognized by the Department of the Interior.

NDN Collective is an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to building Indigenous power. Through organizing, activism, philanthropy, grantmaking, capacity-building and narrative change, they are creating sustainable solutions on Indigenous terms. On August 2nd 2021 they launched what is called the Community Self Determination grant, through which grants of up to $100,000 per year, with commitments up to two years, are available to Indigenous-led organizations and Tribes working in the defense, development, and/or decolonization of Indigenous Peoples and the planet. 

The Best Resources for Indigenous American Entrepreneurs. Organizations on this list provide valuable support for Indigenous entrepreneurs. Networking, financing options, and business skill development opportunities expand Indigenous small business platforms. Financial aid and scholarships can also offer support for Indigenous entrepreneurs seeking business degrees and ongoing education.