Oweesta Newsletter: Funding Opportunities, Events, and More – 06/29/21

What’s New in the Native Financial Sovereignty Movement

Oweesta is proud to present a weekly round-up of events, trainings, and other opportunities geared towards the advancement of Native communities. Events and trainings are hosted by Oweesta or by partners who share our goal of transforming the economic landscape of our communities, building assets, and promoting our voices and advocacy efforts on behalf of Native communities and persistent poverty areas. All event times are shown based on Mountain time zone.

Contribute your upcoming events and opportunities to the newsletter by emailing comms@oweesta.org.


Transformative 25 Funds – BIPOC-led Funds

Host: Integrated Capital Investing
Time: July 7, 12pm MT

Join fund managers Laina Greene of Angels of Impact, Ojan Mobedshahi of East Bay Permanent Real Estate Cooperative, Paul LaCerte of Raven Indigenous Capital Partners, Chrystel Cornelius of Oweesta Corporation, and Ed Whitfield of Seed Commons in a lively discussion about BIPOC-led funds and integrated capital strategies. Moderated by Sharlene Brown, Senior Fellow at Croatan Institute and director of the Institute’s Racial Equity, Economics, Finance, and Sustainability (REEFS) initiative.

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Employment Opportunities

Developer of Color and Small Landlord Capacity Building Program Manager 
Greater Minnesota Housing Fund

The Developers of Color and Small Landlord Capacity Building Program Manager is responsible for planning, implementing, and coordinating GMHF’s emerging developer and small landlord capacity building program activities. Program activities will include providing 1) planning and technical support, 2) access to strategic partnership relationships, and 3) financing, for small landlords, emerging developers of color, and related housing organizations.

Resource Development Coordinator
First Nations Development Institute
The Resource Development Coordinator is responsible for a wide range of administrative duties supporting the resource development team and fundraising activities of the organization. This may include communicating with First Nations supporters to respond to requests for information, tracking donor communications, conducting prospect research and assisting in donor outreach activities.

Communications Manager 
First Nations Development Institute
The Communications Manager is responsible for implementing First Nations’ social media plan, as well as helping write and edit a wide range of overall communications vehicles in line with the organization’s vision, strategy and values. The Communications Manager works closely with the Senior Communications Officer and is responsible for end-to-end communications for key projects and specific program initiatives.

Director of Finance 
Oweesta Corporation
The Director of Finance will manage the day to day operations of the accounting department and assist the Chief Financial Officer.

Coordinated Environmental Review
Host: Native Learning Center
Time: June 28, 12pm MTThe National Environmental Policy Act calls for a comprehensive planning process to take place prior to the expenditure of federal funds, even if the federal share is only a small part of the overall enterprise. The webinar will outline NEPA and how it has worked since 1970, go over the CEQ initiative on coordinated environmental reviews, and spend time in small breakout rooms with facilitated discussions answering questions and listening to concerns.
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Ensuring and Expanding Access to Alternative Tax Preparation Services Fireside Chats
Host: Prosperity Now
Time: June 28, 2pm MTOver the past year, VITA sites across the country have experienced curveball after curveball, from shutting down mid-season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to moving nearly the entire program online, to multiple delayed Tax Days. With all this in mind, Prosperity Now will be hosting a series of three fireside chats with our Ensuring and Expanding Access to Tax Preparation Services in Underserved Communities cohort, with generous support from the Rockefeller Foundation.Engaging Partners in a Coalition to Advance your Cause
Register Here>Achieve and Maintain Compliance with SDWA in Washington Series 1 of 3
Host: RCAC
Time: June 29, 11am MTWhat is resilience? Resilience when applied to community water systems is the ability to adapt and withstand emergencies, malevolent acts and natural hazards. The goal is to maintain a system’s function and mission and be able to rapidly return to normal conditions. A water system emergency is any situation that could potentially cause a water outage, contamination, or threat to public health. Congress passed the America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) in 2018. AWIA takes an all-hazards approach. It addresses threats ranging from malevolent attacks to natural hazards, technological hazards, and other human caused emergencies.
Register Here>Tribal Business Startup Series Part 4: Finale – Shark Tank
Host: Native Learning Center
Time: June 29, 12pm MTBusiness Acumen & Financials. During this session, we will identify critical business knowledge and skills that small business owners need.Training Objectives:

  • Read financial statements
  • Prepare financial statements
  • Analyze business operations

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Camp Prosperity 2021: Advocacy Summer Camp Series
Host: Prosperity NowWelcome to Camp Prosperity 2021! Just as the summer camps of our youth were an opportunity to develop new skills, Camp Prosperity is an opportunity to elevate your readiness as an advocate of your community. If you camped with us last year, you know that Camp Prosperity is a 3-part virtual learning session aimed at local advocates, service providers, and practitioners interested in engaging in advocacy to strengthen financial security for the communities they serve. Camp participants will have the opportunity to learn from advocacy experts and share successes and challenges with a community of other advocates.

Mapping Influence: Understanding Who and How to Engage for Change
June 29, 12pm MT

Successful Allyship in Grassroots Advocacy
July 13, 12pm MT

Advocating for Equity-Centered Policies
July 27, 12pm MT
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Building Equitable Resilience
Host: Opportunity Finance Network
Time: June 30The global pandemic, combined with the climate crisis, the increasing spotlight on racial injustice, and the widening wealth gap, have confirmed that we are far from realizing holistic, equitable resilience in finance. How can we, community development practitioners, work together for a world in which communities are socially, economically, and environmentally safe and healthy and where all people−especially communities of color, Native Nations, and those that are under-resourced−are able to reach their full potential, supported by equal access to responsible capital?
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How TRP’s & TDHE’s Can Work Together
Host: Native Learning Center
Time: July 1, 12pm MTThere is a tendency for tunnel vision in organizations; for staff to focus on their program and not realize that other tribal arms can help them better accomplish program objectives. The webinar will outline the purpose and functioning of TRP’s and TDHE’s, report on case studies of successful collaboration, and suggest ways to get started.
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Manufactured Homes
Host: Freddie Mac
Time: July 8, 11am MTLearn about what is a manufactured home and the requirements for mortgages secured by a manufactured home. We will cover the property, appraisal, and title requirements for manufactured homes. Discover how to recognize the value used to determine the LTV/TLTV/HTLTV ratios for different transaction types.
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Mapping Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK)
Host: Native Learning Center
Time: July 9, 9am MTTribes have a unique role in safeguarding natural resources. Dr. Cyntia Annett, a Research Associate Professor at Kansas State University and member of the Google Earth Outreach Trainer Network will lead this full day (3 hrs in AM & PM) workshop where participants learn how to use Google My Maps in the morning to map basic elements of their traditional ecological knowledge and then Google Earth in the afternoon to take the mapping further. Both platforms allow for private, confidential use of this data. We will also discuss how many federal agencies now have TEK policies and how tribes can use TEK to influence agency decision-making. Most of the workshop will take place in small breakout rooms where participants will work on mapping their TEK.
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The Federal Policy Landscape for Community Development
Host: LISC
Time: July 13, 12pm MTWhile the country is on a path back to recovery from the health and economic impacts of COVID-19, many questions remain about how to tackle the twin issues of poverty and inequality – issues that have persisted for decades, but have been magnified in the wake of the pandemic and a heightened national call for social justice. Join us as we discuss current federal programs and new proposed initiatives that are critical to addressing the health and economic well-being of low income families and communities.
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Admissions and Occupancy Virtual Training
Host: Native Learning Center
Time: July 26-29This course will cover admissions and occupancy program management with topics to include the application and selection process, eligibility for housing assistance, calculating annual income, determining monthly rental or homeownership payments, occupancy standards, collections practices and compliance, effective communication techniques with residents, lease agreement compliance, and collections.
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Cooperating to Enhance Native American Food Economies
Host: Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF)This multi-day event will begin with an overview of Reimagining Native Food Economies: A Vision for Native Food and Agriculture Infrastructure Rebuilding and Recovery. Published by NAAF, this report provides an infrastructure framework to harness Indian Country’s economic and nutritional potential to recover from COVID-19 and propel sustainable rural economic development.

Welcome to the Conversation; Introduction and Frame Setting
August 2, 10am MT

Cooperative Development in Creating Thriving Food Economies
August 3, 10am MT

Cooperatives in Indian Country: Opportunities and Challenges
August 4, 10am MT

Imagining a Cooperative Native Food System
August 5, 10am MTRegister Here>

Food Sovereignty Symposium & Festival
Host: National Science Foundation
Time: September 17-19The inaugural Food Sovereignty Symposium & Festival was held March 10-12, 2017 on the University of Wisconsin campus and surrounding sites in Madison, Wisconsin.  The symposium component of event is focusing on Indigenous and broader topics of food sovereignty that impact how communities and individuals control and manage their food systems, and the festival component is a celebration of Indigenous, local, and regional foods.
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Finance & Tribal Economies Conference
Time: September 27-28NAFOA is excited to welcome everyone back to gather safely in person. Their conference brings together tribal, state, federal and industry partners in one educational forum to discuss important economic issues facing Indian Country. Register today to take advantage of great networking (remember those days?) and the informative educational sessions.
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Grant Opportunities

Rural Business Development Grants – Transportation Systems 
U.S. Department of Agriculture 

USDA Rural Development is making grants available to improve rural transportation systems. Application Deadline: June 30, 2021

Social and Economic Development Strategies Program 
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 
Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Native Americans Grants for tribal community-based organizations, tribes and village governments for social and economic infrastructure development. Application Deadline: June 30, 2021

Community Navigator Pilot Program
U.S. Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration has launched the Community Navigator Pilot Program, a $100 million grant program enacted through the American Rescue Plan Act, which will provide counseling, networking and the assistance needed during this time of economic recovery to the nation’s smallest businesses. The program will target small businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, as well as women and veterans. Application Deadline: July 23, 2021

2022 Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship 
First Nations Development Institute 

The fellowship is a two-year, self-directed enrichment program designed to support the growth, development, knowledge and networks of Indigenous knowledge holders and knowledge makers. Application Deadline: July 13, 2021

Choice Neighborhood Planning Grants 
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 

HUD offers funding to develop comprehensive neighborhood revitalization strategies for the revitalization of public or assisted housing and surrounding neighborhoods. Application Deadline: July 13, 2021

Housing Preservation Grants 
U.S. Department of Agriculture 

USDA Rural Development is seeking applications for grants to make housing repairs for low- and very-low-income rural residents. Application Deadline: July 19, 2021

Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) Program 
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 
This program accelerates investment in critical water infrastructure through innovative and flexible financing that can support a wide range of projects in both large and small communities. Letter of Interest Deadline: July 23, 2021

Veterans Housing Rehabilitation and Modification Pilot Program 
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
HUD’s Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, offers grant funding to qualified agencies to modify or rehabilitate the primary residences for eligible veterans. Application Deadline: July 30, 2021

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