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.

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-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:

  • Urban Native Project - Due June 11, 2015
    All applicants will be notified by email on whether they will be invited to submit a phase 2 application
  • Seeds of Native Health - Due May 22, 2015
    All applicants will be notified by email on the status of their application
Our grantmaking program provides financial and technical resources to tribes and Native nonprofits.

First Nations is now accepting proposals for the 2016 Native Arts Capacity Building Initiative.

Current Grantees

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