The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and the American Heart Association together are launching a $1.6 million grant fund to support Native American nutrition and health advocacy, according to a news release from the community.
There will be two national solicitations for grant proposals, with the first this month. Grants will range from $75,000 to $100,000 and awarded through a competitive process. There will be consultations, training, onsite visits and more for grantees.
The First Nations Development Institute and the American Indian Cancer Foundation will also be a partner on the project in order to administer grants and provide technical assistance.
"Native Americans are experiencing extreme health disparities, making them twice as likely as the rest of the U.S. population to have nutrition-related health problems," American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown said in the release. "We are proud to deepen our partnership with the SMSC to address this health crisis."
The American Heart Association and the community first partnered in 2015 to improve Native American health.
The fund will support grants for nutrition and health policies as well as leadership development technical assistant, activities and more regarding nutrition and health in Indian Country, according to the release.
"Until now there have been scarce funds available for Native-focused advocacy efforts addressing nutrition and health policy and community change, yet such efforts are crucial for improving the health of Native communities," Community Chairman Charles R. Vig said in the release.
The community is providing money from its Seeds of Native Health campaign. The $10 million campaign is an effort to improve nutrition and food access in Indian Country, according to the release.