Kellogg Foundation Has $30 Million in Open Grants in Indian Country

Mark Fogarty

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is funding more than 40 projects active in Indian country, for a total of more than $30 million. According to the non-profit’s website, the foundation has funded 380 Native American projects since 2008.

The largest amount of the funding has gone to the National Congress of American Indians. NCAI has current grants of nearly $10 million for supporting Native youth health ($3,600,000, active through June 30, 2019), and general operating support (two grants totaling $6,000,000, active through August 31, 2017).

Other groups receiving grants of more than $1 million include First Nations Development Institute, with $2.5 million to help visibility and fight racism against Native Americans in four states—Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and Colorado. FNDI has three other grants totaling $3.4 million, all centered around food systems.

The American Indian College Fund received $1.5 million to help with Native American early childhood education as well as a smaller, $40,000 grant.

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum currently has a $1 million grant open through December 31 of next year to help Asians, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in five continental states.

The smallest open grant seems to be with a group called Conscious Alliance. The $20,000 the group received is for after school programs for Native American boys in Colorado and South Dakota.

Other groups with more than one grant currently running include the Native American Rights Foundation and Native Americans in Philanthropy.

New Mexico’s pueblos and other groups in the Land of Enchantment have multiple current Kellogg grants among them. They include the Regents of the University of New Mexico, who received $720,000 to benefit children at the Zuni Pueblo, and $180,000 for Native language immersion.

Another two language-related grants went for a dual Tiwa-English learning program for young children at the Pueblo of Isleta ($75,000 and $73,000), New Mexico Community Capital, which was granted $510,000 to help Indian adults develop business models, and $112,000 to the To’hajiilee Community School Board of Education to help Navajo schoolchildren learn the Dine language.

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque received $220,000 to help Pueblo children. And $100,000 went to Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute.

None of the current grants seem to have gone to groups based in Alaska or Hawaii. However, several of the groups funded have targeted Alaska Natives for assistance as well as Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders who are now in the continental United States.

In 2013, Indian Country Today Media Network reported that W.K. Kellogg, which is based in Battle Creek, Michigan and named for the developer of Kellogg’s cereal, granted the third-most money for American Indian projects for the funding year 2009, behind the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

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