The Indigenous Animals Grant (IAG) supports traditional harvesting methods, and community animal protein processing operations. IAG will support projects that construct or improve facilities, purchase and install equipment, address food insecurity or commercial market gaps, and otherwise support tribal food harvesting and value- added infrastructure for animal protein processing activities including through indigenous informed design principles. The goal is to enhance or expand animal protein processing capacity in Indian Country. Eligible activities will demonstrate the ability to improve harvesting, processing, and packaging to create more resilient, diverse, and secure indigenous food systems.
Indigenous species such as bison, reindeer, game meat, or seafood are eligible. Applicants also can propose activities relating to meat, poultry, or fish regulated by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Additional information is available in Section 1.6 of the RFA at https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/iag-rfa.pdf#page=9.
Activities must demonstrate the ability to improve harvesting, processing, and packaging to create more diverse, resilient, and secure indigenous food systems. Applications can include activities such as manufacturing, storage, transportation, wholesaling, community accessibility, or animal protein distribution. Examples of fundable activities include:
Section 1.8 of the RFA offers additional examples of eligible activities. See https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/iag-rfa.pdf#page=9.
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