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Grant Overview

Currently, 45 percent of Native American children ages 6-11 are either overweight or obese. In some Native communities, childhood obesity rates are over 60 percent with some children as young as four years of age diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, the amount of funding resources and support, both  public and private, for Native communities to effectively and adequately address this issue is miniscule. Native communities have the inherent knowledge, assets and values to address this health issue within their communities. Promising Program Grants of up to $40,0000 each will assist Native communities in the implementation of culturally appropriate childhood obesity prevention programming by providing resources and technical assistance.

The purpose of the Promising Program Grant is to:

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  1. Strengthen existing programs focused on childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes prevention through healthy nutrition and/or physical activity*
  2. Assist communities and organizations in building their capacity to evaluate their programming and;
  3. Assist communities and organizations in building their capacity to implement policy change.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Organizations eligible to apply include U.S. based Native American-controlled nonprofits 501(c)(3), federally or state recognized tribal governments or programs, or Native American community-based groups with a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor. Schools are not eligible to apply unless they have 501(c)(3) status.

*Some grant cycles (depending on funding) may have a more specific or broad focus on issue or region/state.


Contact Michelle Gutierrez, Program Officer at or call 505-867-0775 ext. 269.



To apply for other funding opportunities, please see our Community Action Grants and Capacity Building Grants pages.