Strengthening Native American Communities & Economies
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.
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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.
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.)