The American Indian College Fund’s Scholarly Emergence for Environmental Design and Stewardship (SEEDS) Program is offering four one-year, $50,000 integrated grants to support building the capacity of environmental, natural science and sustainability programs at tribal colleges and universities located in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the grasslands region of Montana.

The SEEDS program will support TCUs located in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the grasslands region of Montana (click to enlarge map)

Upper-Midwest Tribal Colleges and Universities (click map to enlarge)

The SEEDS Program builds program, faculty, and institutional capacity at tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) to strengthen and expand the curriculum, faculty development, degree programs, and student success in environmental sciences and related fields.

The SEEDS Program will integrate and exchange place-based and inter-generational knowledge. Program objectives are to:

  • increase TCU capacity for strategic program planning, design, coordinated implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of best practices;
  • increase TCU faculty, student, and tribal knowledge of critical environmental factors and changes necessary to advocate and steward natural resources more effectively;
  • strengthen degree programming, curriculum, and research to inform land, water, and natural resource preservation and development policies on the local, tribal, regional and national levels;
  • support TCUs, students, and faculty leadership development in the environment and sustainability fields;
  • increase the TCU’s role in strategic stewardship of resources and knowledge and workforce education in the environmental sciences and related fields;
  • build intertribal and institutional strategic partnerships with the TCUs;

Create program and curriculum innovations and contributions to the field, generating systemic TCU change.

TCUs must also apply for two additional components.

Supported program components include:

  • Curriculum and program enhancement*
  • New curriculum or program development*
  • Faculty fellowships (supports faculty pursuing a master’s or Ph.D. and participating in a research opportunity)
  • Faculty professional development opportunities
  • Student fellowships**
  • Student internships

*All TCUs are required to apply for either the curriculum/program enhancement or new curriculum/program development.
**TCUs with four-year degree programs in environmental sustainability is required to support a student fellowship. TCUs with a two-year degree program in environmental sustainability or related fields can support a student transferring to a four-year institution. The student will be required to participate in a place-based research project prior to transfer.

Grant Application Timeline:

September 24, 2018– Participate in SEEDS grant application informational webinar 10:00 a.m. MST.

November 05, 2018 – Completed SEEDS application and all supporting documents must be received through electronic submissions by 5:00 P.M. MST to the SEEDS Program Administrator.

November 05, 2018 – December 03, 2018 – Review and analysis of applications. College Fund to provide feedback and technical assistance towards successful grant submissions.

December 20, 2018 – SEEDS final application and all supporting documents must be received through electronic submissions by 5:00 P.M. MST to the SEEDS Program Officer.

January 13, 2019 – SEEDS awards will be announced. Terms and Agreement sent to TCU President and Project Director, to be signed and returned by January 18, 2018. In addition, awarded TCUs will be required to submit an official photo and statement from the president to be used for the College Funds press release.

January 21, 2019– Award letters and grant funding mailed to TCUs

To apply:

Contact the SEEDS Program Officer at to receive information on your Shared Dropbox Portal. Your designated link will be provided to you in our response.

We will send the SEEDS application and financial template via your Dropbox Folder. As part of your application, your TCU must upload a budget narrative (narrative should include a timeline for spending out of project funds) and supplemental documentation (examples of current degree program, syllabi, etc.)

Upload ALL required documents to the designated folder on the Scholarly Emergence for Environmental Design and Stewardship (SEEDS) Shared Dropbox Portal.

Ensure that the SEEDS Application and all supporting documents are submitted through electronic submissions before or by: December 20, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time.