Capacity-Building Programs

Building Sustainability Pathways


The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation works to empower communities to become self-sufficient in ways that are able to be sustained over time. In that mission, the American Indian College Fund has partnered with them to develop the Building Sustainability Pathways Program (BSP). The Building Sustainability Pathways Program is currently funding Tribal Colleges and University’s (TCUs) in the areas of: Faculty Professional Development Grants, Curriculum Enhancement and New Curriculum Development Grants, in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin and TCU Student Internship Grants in in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Montana.

Building Sustainability Pathways program is growing and experiencing success.  With anticipated growth and success emerges an opportunity to generate an identity for the College Fund’s environmental sustainability work.  Our work is best described as the intentional support of Tribal Colleges and Universities to be self-sufficient, self-sustaining and develop programs for impact in the fields of environmental sciences and sustainability. This work encompasses developing Native scholars, researchers and stewards in the field. Moving forward Building Sustainability Pathways is harnessing those characteristics to establish an identity and will be referred to as Scholarly Emergence for Environmental Design and Stewardship (SEEDS).seeds-logo-full-aicf-brand-colors-horiz-v1

Tribal College and University Grants

This grant opportunity is for Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) to strengthen and expand their existing Environmental Sustainability programs, and to create Environmental Sustainability programs where none currently exist. The goal of this funding is to provide resources for TCUs to develop new and expand existing programs in Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources, Wildlife Biology, Fisheries, Environmental Engineering, Hydrology, Food Systems and other sustainability fields.
With this funding, TCUs have the unique opportunity to promote environmental sustainability in tribal communities using traditional knowledge to build culturally relevant curriculum embedded in Native concepts, values, and life ways. The maximum award for TCUs proposing to expand existing programming is $25,000. The maximum for TCUs creating new degree programming is $75,000. Please see attached sheet for more information.
Applications are closed.

TCU Student Internship Grants

The internship program is designed to create paid, place-based internship opportunities to enhance the student’s academic success and career development. Additionally, it is a further goal to support tribal colleges and universities in building capacity within the fields of the sciences, environmental science, natural resources, wildlife resources, wildlife management, sustainability, and food systems through experiential programming. Included with the funding, the College Fund will provide support in identifying, developing, and implementing internship opportunities.

Selected institutions will receive an award amount of $2,000 per intern and $1,000 per faculty advisor for a given 8-week internship project. Each internship project can have up to 2 interns. Each institution can have up to three internship projects. Please attached sheet for more information.
Applications are closed.

Faculty Professional Development

The American Indian College Fund is providing a one-time professional development grant to assist faculty members at Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. TCU Faculty or adjunct instructors must be working in the field of environmental sustainability (with an emphasis on place-based knowledge). Grants are awarded directly to faculty members and can be used in a variety of ways (please see attached flyer). Maximum amount awarded is $2,000.
Applications are closed.

If you have any questions about any of the grants or fellowships, contact Kendra Teague at or 303.426.9929.

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