WATER FIRST! - The Notah Begay III Foundation



Grant Overview


This funding opportunity, made possible by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) and their “Seeds of Native Health” campaign, will expand NB3F’s support of Native American communities working to improve the health of young children in Minnesota and Washington. Applications will be accepted from tribes and Native-led organizations across the country that specifically focus on the reduction of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and increase the consumption of healthy beverage alternatives (such as water, breastfeeding, indigenous teas, etc.) for young children.

Minnesota and Washington tribes and Native-led organizations working to significantly reduce sugary drinks and to increase the consumption of healthy beverage alternatives (such as water, breastfeeding, indigenous teas, etc.) may apply for a $15,000 grant. Considering communities are at various stages of addressing SSB consumption, applicants may use the funding to focus on either of the two following areas:

Community Health Assessments or Implementation (based off previously conducted assessments/plans)

Additionally, grant recipients will be required to participate in TWO NB3 Foundation’s Healthy Beverage Summits: Minneapolis, Fall 2018 and Seattle Spring 2019. Grant recipients must allocate $1,000 of their grant budget to participate in their local summit. NB3F will provide a stipend to cover costs related to participation in the out of state summit.


Please read the full Request for Applications before applying for the grant.

How To Apply


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Required Attachments

-Letters of Community Support
Letter(s) of  Support from either tribal agency, partnering organizations, community members, etc demonstrating support for this application.

Project Budget and Workplan
Budget should include max. 15% IDC and $1,000 travel allocation for local summit. Workplan should outline objectives and activities, staff responsible, month by month for the grant period.

-Native-Led Nonprofit confirmation
List of Board of Directors identifying tribal affiliation. Board must be at least 51% Native American (Not required for Tribes).

-Implementation Focus ONLY
Previous planning or assessment document.

Application and required attachments must be submitted no later than Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 5:00pm MST.

Incomplete applications will not be accepted.


NB3 Foundation hosted a webinar for prospective applicants on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 to answer questions about the program as well as discuss the application and selection process.

To access the webinar recording, click here. To access the slides, click here.


For questions on grant submissions,
please contact Michelle Gutierrez at