74 Grantmaking Program

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is an American Indian institute that helps strengthen and revitalize the economies of Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities. Our grantmaking program provides both financial and technical resources to tribes and Native nonprofit organizations to support asset-based development efforts.

First Nations offers grant support through the Eagle Staff Fund, as well as other donor-advised and donor-designated funds.

If you would like to be notified of our grant opportunities as they become available, please sign up to receive our Announcements.

Founded in 1980, First Nations began its national grantmaking program in 1993. Through mid-2016, we have successfully managed 1,162 grants totaling more than $25.95 million to Native American projects and organizations in 39 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Territory American Samoa.

Grantseeker Resources

First Nations has prepared numerous resources to help you in preparing your grant applications. Go here for a list of those resources plus a link to each one. (NOTE: These resources are being finalized and will be posted soon, but they can be found here after they are posted.)

Previous Grant Opportunities

  • NAFSI College Scholarships - Closed October 5, 2016
  • FDPIR Nutrition Education (Walmart Foundation) - Closed August 23, 2016
  • Food Sovereignty Assessment Grants (NoVo) - Closed August 10, 2016
  • Food Sovereignty Assessment Grants (WKKF) - Closed March 15, 2016
  • Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF) - Closed March 9, 2016
  • Seeds of Native Health (SONH) - Closed February 11, 2016
  • Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative (NAFSI) - Closed January 25, 2016
  • Native Arts Capacity Building Initiative (NACBI) - Closed January 15, 2016
  • Urban Native Project - Closed June 11, 2015
  • Seeds of Native Health (SONH) - Closed May 22, 2015
  • Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF) - Closed March 12, 2015

First Nations is now accepting proposals for the 2017 Native Agriculture & Food Systems Initiative.

First Nations is now accepting proposals for the Food Sovereignty Assessment grant program.

Current Grantees

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