Capacity-Building Programs

Scholarly Emergence for Environmental Design and Stewardship (SEEDS)

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Groundwater pollution. Overgrazing. Hazardous waste. These are just a few of the environmental issues facing American Indian reservation communities that impact health and quality of life.

The American Indian College Fund will address these issues with a three-year, $1.35 million Scholarly Emergence for Environmental Design and Stewardship (SEEDS) program at tribal colleges and universities (TCUs).

The Scholarly Emergence for Environmental Design and Stewardship (SEEDS) program will build program, faculty, and institutional capacity at tribal colleges and universities to strengthen and expand curriculum, faculty development, degree programs, and student success in the field of environmental sciences and related fields. The program will integrate place-based and inter-generational knowledge exchange.

TCUs are higher education centers located in the American Indian nations they serve with the potential to develop tribal environmental leaders in sustainability initiatives by offering academic preparation, research opportunities, and career work experiences. Educated and trained experts will address the environmental issues American Indian communities face through initiatives grounded in research and data.

Coverage map for SEEDS program - Click to enlarge

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

Call for Proposals

The Scholarly Emergence for Environmental Design and Stewardship (SEEDS) project will build program, faculty, and institutional capacity at tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) to strengthen and expand curriculum, faculty development, degree programs, and student success in the field of environmental sciences and related fields. The program will integrate place-based and inter-generational knowledge exchange.

The College Fund is currently offering four one-year, $50,000 integrated grants to support capacity building of environmental, natural science and sustainability programs at TCUs located in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the grasslands region of Montana.

TCUs are required to apply for two components in addition to either the curriculum/program enhancement or new curriculum/program development.

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 OF NEW CURRICULUM/PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT COMPONENT.

*TCUs with four-year degree programs in Environmental Sustainability are 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:

Spring 2019

February 11, 2019 – Initial draft of SEEDS Application: Action Plan and all supporting documents must be received through electronic submissions by 5:00 P.M. MST to the SEEDS Program Officer.

February 18, 2019 – College Fund review responses provided

February 18, 2019 – March 11, 2019 – TCU and College Fund co-visioning and development of application.

March 04, 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.

March 11, 2019 – SEEDS Awards will be announced. Terms and Agreement sent to TCU President and Project Director, to be signed and returned by March 15, 2019. In addition, awarded TCUs will be required to submit an official photo and statement from the president to be used for the College Fund’s press release.

March 18, 2019– Award letters and grant funding mailed to TCUs.

SEEDS Program Objectives:

  • 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.

How to apply:

Please contact the SEEDS Program Officer at Kteague@collegefund.org to receive the following templates and for further instructions on applying:

  • SEEDS Application/Action Plan
  • Financial Template
  • Additionally, your TCU will be responsible for uploading a budget narrative (narrative should include description of how funds will be used and a timeline for spend out)
  • Any supplemental documentation (examples of current degree program, syllabi, etc.).

DEADLINE: 

Ensure that the initial draft of the SEEDS Application and all supporting documents are submitted to Kendra Teague, SEEDS Program Officer, at Kteague@collegefund.org before or by February 11, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

Read more>>American Indian College Fund Announces Three-Year Environmental Design and Stewardship Program to Restore Native Knowledge for Healthy Earth

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