Grant Apllication Procedures and Guidelines

Please read through all the grant-making guidelines listed below.


Honor the Earth awards grants solely to organizations that are led and managed by Native peoples. Priority is given to grassroots, community-based organizations and groups with a lack of access to federal and/or tribal funding resources. Honor the Earth does not grant to individuals. Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000. 

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Honor the Earth only issues grants to Native organizations in Mexico, United States, and Canada.


Honor the Earth awards grants only to organizations with 501(c)(3) status or an equivalent. You will be asked to provide proof of this nonprofit or tax-exempt status when applying for a grant. We acknowledge the challenges that smaller, newer groups have in obtaining 501(c)(3) status. However, Honor the Earth adheres strictly to this requirement in order to facilitate transparency and accountability.  If you wish to apply but do not have 501(c)(3) or similar status, a fiscal agent may be used.


Honor the Earth is currently funding its Building Resilience in Indigenous Communities Initiative. Please read the description below before applying.


Honor the Earth’s current grant-making funds work that builds resilience in Indigenous communities. Please see the description of the resiliency work that will be funded and submit application materials that reflect these guidelines. Note that the cover sheet forms have changed to reflect this resiliency-specific funding; be sure to download a copy of the updated forms and ensure proposals reflect the specific type of work this funding includes.


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 adapt to climate change in ways that preserve and restore Indigenous cultures.

Funding for the Building Resilience in Indigenous Communities Initiative will focus on two goals:
  1. To support and forward the development of culturally-based, Indigenous solutions to climate change based on re-localizing food and energy economies;
  2. To foster restoration of traditional knowledge as a key adaptation and mitigation strategy to ensure a safe and healthy future for our children and the next seven generations.
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.
All projects must include ongoing efforts aimed at restoring Indigenous wisdom and sustainability in Indigenous territories.
  1. Funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

    Along with huge coal, uranium and other energy reserves, it turns out that tribes possess immense renewable resource potential. The winds that sweep the reservations and ranches of the Great Plains, the sun that bakes the Southwest, and the grasses and grains of the prairies -- all of these bioregional resources lend themselves to safe, just, and locally-controlled power production.

    Centralized, polluting power production has served to centralize political power, to disconnect communities from responsibility and control over energy, and to create a vastly wasteful system. Renewable energy has the opposite effect. This transformational movement democratizes power production and seeks energy sovereignty. As the power comes from the Creator, renewable energy is a necessary adaptation tool for building resilience.

    Saving energy is as critical as producing our own power. Reservation communities suffer from the long-term problem of “fuel poverty,” where approximately one-fourth of individual income is spent on fuel. A good portion of this energy income is spent on heating, and families cannot afford the rising cost. With energy efficiency and renewables, utility expenditures could be significantly reduced and the remaining funds could stay in the community.

    Honor the Earth seeks to fund organizations/projects that improve weatherization and efficiency in buildings in Native communities and/or develop renewable energy projects that are contextualized within an ongoing program that restores and/or preserves culture.

    Please indicate on your application if your project is youth-focused.

  2. Funding for Traditional Food Economies

    Our traditional seeds and foods were produced in a pre-fossil fuels world. That means that our traditional foods do not need fertilizer or irrigation systems and do not need to be transported across the country. Our traditional foods need to be restored to feed our people. Re-localizing our traditional food economies will build resilience in Native communities.

    Along with the fact that traditional foods are not addicted to petroleum, research has shown that an indigenous diet of minimally processed, locally produced foods has a positive affect on Native peoples’ health in contrast to the “reservation diet” of white flour, sugar, and processed food.

    Honor the Earth encourages applications from organizations/projects that utilize Indigenous wisdom and traditional methods to identify and implement sustainable local food production systems.

    Please indicate on your application if your project is youth-focused.

Funding Cycle

Honor the Earth is currently accepting applications on an ongoing basis, however our Board of Directors review applications twice a year. Please check back with this site regularly to ensure you have the most up-to-date information including upcoming deadlines for Board of Directors review.



If your proposal is accepted, when you receive your grant award letter you will be required to provide assurances that the grant will be used only for its intended purpose and that any unused funds will be returned to the Honor the Earth.


If you receive a grant, final reports should be submitted within one year of the date your grant was awarded. No new grant request will be considered until final reports from prior awards are received. Grantees must send in a mid-term report in order to be considered for a new grant. If a mid-term report is submitted, a final report is still required at the end of the grant term (one year from the date of the grant award). If you have questions regarding the status of a report, please call (218) 375-3200 ext. 103 or e-mail: [email protected].

Your report package must include:
  • Grant ID number

  • Your complete progress report (see guidelines below; no longer than 2 pages)

  • A financial summary of the budget versus actual revenues/expenses for the project

  • News clippings or other relevant material (just the highlights, please)

Please consider and respond to each of the points below in your progress/final report.

Impact and Assessment
  • Reiterate your original goals and objectives. What progress was made toward those goals? Your response should include both qualitative and quantitative impacts. In other words, how did you move your program? How do/did you build capacity?

  • Who, if anyone, did you collaborate with on the project?

  • What challenges did you confront and how did your organization deal with them? Were there any modifications to your strategy in light of this/these?


Thank you for submitting an application for review to Honor the Earth. We are humbled and excited to work with you and your organization. Should you have questions or comments please contact us.