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Welcome to the online portal for the Healthy Children Healthy Nations Collaborative Fund's Core Operations Improvement grants. Prior to starting your grant application, please ensure your eligibility by carefully reviewing our criteria below. 

The deadline for submitting your application is  Monday, March 25th at 3:00 PM Central Time. Late or incomplete proposals will not be considered. 


Eligible applicants include: 

  • Federally Recognized Tribal Governments;
  • Tribal government programs; 
  • Native-controlled 501(c)(3) nonprofits; 
  • Native-controlled community organizations with fiscal sponsorship

Applicants must:

  • Have governing and staff leadership that is majority Native American;
  • Serve Native American children 0-6 years of age and/or their families in Minnesota;
  • Work in one or more of the three HCHN focus areas below:
  1. Expanding Native early childhood development programs that are rooted in traditional knowledge, provide Native perspectives on childhood development, and celebrate Native language, identities and cultures.
  2. Providing healthful early Native nutrition through breastfeeding education, supporting partnerships among food producers and childcare providers, and expanding access to healthy, traditional food outside of childcare settings.
  3. Building whole, healthy children, families and communities by supporting efforts to address historical trauma, adverse childhood experiences, social determinants of health, and substance abuse that create cycles of abuse, neglect and disparity.

The Fund supports Native-led urban, rural and reservation programs and organizations in Minnesota. Grants awarded by the fund must be used exclusively for the benefit of Native children and communities in Minnesota. Applicants located in urban areas must demonstrate a close tie to one or more tribal communities. 


The HCHN Collaborative Fund offers two types of grants: core operations improvement and planning grants. You may apply to both grant programs but there is a strong likelihood you will only be approved for one type of grant:

Core Operations Improvements Grants (12 month grants, up to $25,000):  Organizations whose existing work clearly aligns with the goals of the initiative and need additional support to help advance or catalyze a specific element of their promising work. These one-year grants provide flexible funding and capacity building to help boost Native organizations beyond a project-by-project focus.  

Planning Grants (6 months, up to $25,000):  Organizations or tribal programs whose work clearly aligns with the goals of the initiative and would like to: 1) develop or expand one or more of the HCHN focus areas within their work, and/or; 2) explore new collaborations, partnerships and other strategies to increase the impact of their work. These six-month grants will provide resources to think strategically, convene stakeholders and produce a plan for a new project or program. 

To apply for a Core Operations Improvement Grant, please proceed with this application. 

To apply for a Planning Grant, please visit https://spmcf.submittable.com/submit.

Please note once you finish your application, you can apply for the second grant program.