Strengthening Native American Communities & Economies

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First Nations Development Institute improves economic conditions for Native Americans through direct financial grants, technical assistance & training, and advocacy & policy.

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Our Impact

In our first 39 years, First Nations has had a tremendous impact across Indian Country through our work in many program areas. These year-end 2019 numbers are just part of the story.

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1703 Grants

awarded to Native projects

$36.7 Million

in total grants awarded


States, D.C. & American Samoa in our grant scope so far


As the long-term ramifications of the pandemic become clearer, First Nations continues to support Native cultures, economies, infrastructures, and food systems, the way we have for almost 40 years. Our work in the recovery stages of COVID-19 is more important than ever. Learn more.


First Nations is redoubling efforts to help Native communities respond to COVID 19. This includes strengthening Native food systems.

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First Nations Shares the GATHER Story

In a continuing push for access and protection of Native food systems, First Nations is proud to introduce this feature-length documentary film on the growing Native American food sovereignty movement. Learn more.

View Our Current Grant Opportunities

Each year First Nations offers several grant opportunities. Click here or visit our Grantmaking page for current projects.

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Explore our publications

We provide publications on a range of topics. Explore our publications related to the Native nonprofit sector, economic development strategies, financial education, and other topics.

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