Fertile Ground

Fertile Ground provides grants, leadership development, and technical assistance, and supports movement-building activities to promote Native-led health advocacy. The  partnership between the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) first began in 2015.

Through the Fertile Ground Grant Program and Policy Innovation Fund, the campaign funds tribes, Native-led organizations, and projects that improve the health and nutrition of Native communities.

Leadership development
The campaign invests in expanding the leadership abilities and the strageic and tactical knowledge of Native policy advocates by offering the Fertile Ground Leadership Institute.

Technical assistance
To support the success of Native grantees and advocates, the American Indian Cancer Foundation, a Native-governed nonprofit organization, provides technical assistance. This includes regular consultations, trainings, onsite visits, and support for grantee convening and planning activities.

Movement building
Fertile Ground roundtables bring  national philanthropic organizations, Native organizers, advocates, tribal leaders, and Fertile Ground grantees together to identity opportunities to address the health crisis in Indian Country.

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