74 Grantmaking Program

First Nations Development Institute 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.

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Founded in 1980, First Nations began its national grantmaking program in 1993. Through mid-2015, we have successfully managed 1,039 grants totaling $23.7 million to Native American projects and organizations in 37 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Territory American Samoa.

Previous Grant Opportunities:

  • 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 - Closed May 22, 2015
Our grantmaking program provides financial and technical resources to tribes and Native nonprofits.

 First Nations is now accepting proposals for our Native Youth and Culture Fund grant program

First Nations is now accepting proposals for our “Seeds of Native Health” grant program.

Current Grantees

First Nations' online grants system allows applicants and grantees to access online reports & applications.  
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