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 mid-year 2019 numbers are just part of the story.

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1648 Grants

awarded to Native projects

$34.9 Million

in total grants awarded


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

2019 Matching Gift Challenge

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has provided a generous matching grant to support even more Native Language Immersion Initiatives in 2020. Your gift of $20 will become $40, $50 will become $100, and so on. Any amount will be doubled!

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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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