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NEW! A recording of the May 6th informational webinar is now available! Click here to watch! 

May 3, 2016-



The American Indian Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (AIC) is now accepting proposals for projects to increase healthy eating and active living in NC American Indian communities through the Healthy Native North Carolinians Network (HNNC).

With generous support from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, the AIC will work directly with tribes and urban Indian organizations providing culturally relevant technical assistance, capacity building workshops, and gatherings to promote intertribal sharing of knowledge around health and wellness. There will be seven (7) organizations selected to receive Community Awards of $18,000 for the two-year grant period, plus a student intern each summer to support their HNNC activities. Proposals will be evaluated based on two key components of HNNC: 1) community plans to support tribally self-determined healthy eating and active living activities; and 2) a student internship program.


  • New programs or improvements to previous healthy eating and active living projects
  • Innovative work
  • Student internship programs
  • Programs that evaluate and measure outcomes
  • Improvements to tribal facilities and/or open green spaces that promote physical activity and play
  • Strategies and policies to increasing access to healthy local foods (i.e., community gardens, farmer’s markets, healthy vending options, and partnerships with schools, faith-based organizations, or park systems)
  • Capacity-building equipment and supplies (i.e., technological equipment such as computers for staff or interns, supplies for staff or interns to achieve tasks, gardening supplies and equipment, physical activity equipment, etc.)
  • Staff time for supervision of interns


  • Carbon copies of previous programs
  • One-time events without a sustainability plan


The AIC will offer seven six-week paid summer internships to American Indian students living in the tribal communities receiving HNNC Community Awards. Each community will host one high school or recent graduate intern per summer for six weeks. Interns have the opportunity to assist tribal community partner staff in implementing projects that align with HNNC activities. Student interns are required to attend three professional development trainings at UNC Chapel Hill during the summer. This will build human capital in tribal communities as students grow personally and professionally.

Intern Gatherings Topic Dates
1 Financial Literacy and the Four R’s June 20
2 Carolina Horizons June 29-July 2
3 Health Career Exploration & Internship Certificate Ceremony July 29
  • Community Partners will select their own interns (student cannot be a direct relative [child or grandchild] of the tribal leadership or of the Mentor Task Supervisor)
  • Students must be high school rising juniors, seniors, recent high school graduates, or current college students
  • Student interns will receive a $2,000 stipend for their six-week summer service (funds shall cover time and travel to community work sites and Chapel Hill trainings)
  • Intern tasks must be project-based, able to be completed within the summer, and directly connected to the Community Partner’s HNNC goals
  • The six-week internship program will start June 20, 2016 and end July 29, 2016
  • To apply, students will submit an application along with a one-page essay to the AIC, which will then be sent to the Community Partners for selecting their interns. Essay Prompt: Why do you want to be a Healthy Native North Carolinians intern? What lessons do you hope to learn?
  • Community Partners must identify someone to serve as the Mentor Task Supervisor in the community for the intern (cannot be a direct relative [parent/guardian or grandparent] of the intern)
  • The six-week internship program will allow students to serve in the community and includes three visits to UNC Chapel Hill over the course of the summer for professional development training.
  • Communities must provide a safe working environment for students, with adequate space, supplies and equipment necessary to complete their project objectives. Awards have been increased to enable tribes/organizations to provide necessary supplies and equipment to support student interns and their project objectives, as well as to cover staff time for supervision of interns.


Tribal Nations and Urban Indian Organizations recognized by the state of North Carolina are eligible to apply.


Proposals will be accepted through a competitive application process, whereby they will be scored by a selection committee. All applicants must fully complete the Online Grant Application, including the submission of all necessary attachments. Required attachments include an estimated project Budget, Budget Narrative, Project Timeline, and a completed W9 Form. Templates of forms are available below:

HNNC Budget Template

HNNC Budget Narrative Template

HNNC Project Timeline Template

W9 Form

2016 HNNC Budget Guidelines

Click here to start your Community Award Application. 

Preview- Community Award Application

Students Only: Click here to start your HNNC Student Internship Application.

 Preview- Student Internship Application

By submitting an internship application, students give permission for their application to be shared with the tribes/organizations for internship selection.


The AIC will offer an informational webinar for interested applicants to learn more about applying. Applicants will have an opportunity to ask questions about the application, proposal criteria or other proposal-related questions before the application deadline. Participation in the webinar is not mandatory, but applicants are encouraged to participate. The webinar will be offered on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 1:00pm EDT. More information will be forthcoming.

UPDATE! A recording of the May 6th informational webinar is now available! Click here to watch! 

A PDF of the webinar slides can also be downloaded here for printing.



Community Award Application opens: May 3, 2016

Community Award Application closes: May 31, 2016, 11:59pm EDT

Student Intern Application opens: May 3, 2016

Student Intern Application closes: May 31, 2016, 11:59pm EDT

Informational Webinar: May 6, 2016, 1:00pm EDT

Notification of Community Awards: June 10, 2016

Grant period: June 10, 2016-January 31, 2018



Randi R. Byrd

HNNC Community Engagement Coordinator

UNC American Indian Center



Amy Locklear Hertel, MSW, JD, PhD


UNC American Indian Center




American Indian Center

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

113A Abernethy Hall

Campus Box 3457

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

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