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Community Seed Grants

 

Who is eligible  

Community Seed Grants (CSG) are available for communities who are regionally and culturally connected to our seeds. They are offered to organizations working toward collective food security, seed sovereignty, traditional knowledge, education, and other efforts of community wellness and arid land stewardship. Priority is given to projects and organizations that clearly support food access and resilience for systematically marginalized communities.   

Our region of focus is the Southwest United States and Northwest Mexico, which generally includes: Arizona, New Mexico, southern Utah, southern Colorado, west Oklahoma, west Texas, southern California, southern Nevada, and northwest Mexico. Native communities in arid places outside of this region may also apply.

We strive to support projects in Mexico, though due to mailing restrictions it is best if you have someone in the US who can receive and bring the seeds to Mexico.   

Seed libraries are eligible to receive one pre-selected variety each year. More information about seed library grants can be found here

 

How to select seeds  

Native-serving organizations may select seeds from the Native Access page here.

All organizations may select seeds from the Buy Seeds page here  

  • Choose no more than 30 packets and no more than 3 packets of a single variety.    
  • Include the code, variety name, and quantity. For example, "PT079 - Blue Speckled Tepary - 2" will be considered and just “Tepary” will not.
  • Applications without the code, variety, and quantity will not be considered.  
  • As our primary focus is on food access, seed request lists must include mostly food plant seeds rather than wildflowers, which can be found here. Only wildflowers with codes beginning in WF are included. 

Take a look at our low desert planting guide for information on what to plant and when.

Note: Most organizations only need  5 to 20 packets. Please reflect on the size of your growing space and your ability to tend to and harvest these crops. On average, one packet is appropriate for 50-100 square feet of growing space. We encourage applying each year over requesting more seeds than you have capacity to grow.  

 

How to apply  

Apply online here.  

Download PDF, print and mail in here 

Download Spanish version PDF, print and mail in here.

Applicants will receive notice whether they are accepted or not within 4 weeks of applying. 

 

What we ask of you  

  • In return for the Community Seed Grant, we ask that you provide a brief report here with photos at the end of your growing season and before you apply for another grant. Excerpts from these reports may be used in NS/S media to show the impact of our (and your) efforts to grow regionally and culturally significant seeds.  
  • Seeds you receive will not be sold or utilized for commercial breeding purposes.
  • Please save seeds whenever possible to support the seedstock of your community. We are happy to answer questions!    

 

 

 

Questions about applying? Email getseeds@nativeseeds.org or call (520) 622-0830 x100.

See a list of 2021 grant recipients here.