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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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A Year of Resilience, Relationships, and Adaptability

First Nations' 2020 Annual Report is out! Download it here for inspiration and celebration.…

Access to Ancestral Lands Grant

California-based tribes: Get funding to strengthen land stewardship and protect ancestral lands. Apply by January 31! …

Empowering Native Americans

Learn how this initiative is changing the narrative toward greater respect, inclusion, and social justice.…

News and Events from Indian Country

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December 2021 Newsletter is Out!

Read about Land Back successes, the new Money Smarts curriculum, and a look back at how the Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship began.…

Native Lessons Key to COVID-19 Response

First Nations' Raymond Foxworth and co-authors highlight reasons for the high rates of vaccination rates in Native communities in this New England Journal of Medicine "Perspective."…

First Installment Starting Soon

Join us Wednesday, February 9, to learn about protein processing and protein supply chains in Indian Country. Learn more here!…

Learning, Career Growth, and Fun

First Nations is now hiring a Program Officer of our Nourishing Native Foods & Health program, as well as multiple Program Associates. Learn more! …

Best Practices for Native Language Immersion Programs

New First Nations report details findings from 32 community partners, showcasing the value of language immersion for producing a new generation of proficient speakers.…

Our Impact

Over the last 41 years, First Nations has had a tremendous impact across Indian Country through our work in many program areas. These year-end 2021 numbers are just part of the story.

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2611 Grants

awarded to Native projects

$51.6 Million

in total grants awarded


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


Help Native communities respond and recover!

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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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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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