Building Resilience: Where to get the Funding?

Here are a couple ways we could move forward on building resilient villages in our Alaska Native and American Indian communities today.

Honor the Earth is dispersing grants from $1,000 to $5,000 to fund projects that create energy and food security. Sustainable energy, renewable energy, home weatherization, food production, you name it! The deadline is coming up quick: October 17th. Community gardens, greenhouses, windmills, and solar energy should all be on our list of ways to build our sovereignty and independence.

From Honor the Earth

Resilience Theory is a discussion about how communities and societies will adapt to climate change. We understand that we must mitigate climate change and adapt, or we will be in a very difficult place as Indigenous peoples. Honor the Earth’s Building Resilience in Indigenous Communities Initiative will grant to organizations working to increase Indigenous communities’ capacity to prevent and adapt to climate change in ways that preserve and restore Indigenous cultures.

Honor will grant funds to organizations and projects working in two areas:
1. Implementing renewable energy and energy efficiency/weatherization improvements to advance community dignity and energy sovereignty and

2. Creating food security utilizing Indigenous varieties and organic production.

The other way to fund our projects is through Kickstarter. which allows for projects to be crowd sourced from multiple small donors. You dream up a project, write a proposal, set a funding goal, create a video explaining why you think you should be funded, and get started. The great thing about Kickstarter is that it is not restricted like a grant. We might use it to fund language nests to save our endangered languages. Or build a new cultural center, or a tribal house. Here’s an example of an Alaska Native movie that is being funded through Kickstarter: On the Ice.

From Kickstarter

Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects.

We believe that:

• A good idea, communicated well, can spread fast and wide.

• A large group of people can be a tremendous source of money and encouragement.

Kickstarter is powered by a unique all-or-nothing funding method where projects must be fully-funded or no money changes hands.

With these funding sources, there’s all sorts of projects we can get started on…. today! I’ll be proposing a biomass energy project and a passive mushroom cultivation project to my tribe.

About Vince

I am a Tlingit, born and raised in Tlingit Country, and a proud member of the Tlingit Nation.
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