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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Building a Movement for Native Justice

First Nations is identifying prevailing themes of Native justice to help guide communication and advocacy efforts toward a new narrative for a more just and fairer world.…

"Invisible No More" Available Now

New book articulates Native action, visions, and aspirations taking place in Native communities. …

Native Farm to School Grants

Grants available for Consulting Project Partners to receive technical assistance and training that will expand farm to school programming, enhance education curriculum, and engage new supply chain partners. …

Apply Now for Funding Through New Climate Initiative

First Nations will distribute six grants of up to $200,000 each to support approaches that are based on community, culture, and nature. …

Apply Now for Co-Management, Co-Stewardship Support

First Nations will award 5 grants up to $75,000 to build capacity to negotiate, implement, and monitor co-management and co-stewardship agreements with a federal agency.…

Apply Now for 2025 Cohort

First Nations will award 10 fellowships of $75,000 each to outstanding Native knowledge holders and knowledge makers engaged in meaningful work.…

March 2024 Indian Giver Newsletter Out

Read about Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and Soul of Nations Foundation, plus how our California Tribal Fund is bringing people together to advocate for the protection of ancestral lands.…

2023 Impact Report!

Read how your support has helped First Nations continue to protect, preserve, and prevail. Download our latest Impact Report here.…

Our Impact

Over the last 43 years, First Nations has had a tremendous impact across Indian Country through our work in many program areas. These year-end 2023 numbers are just part of the story.

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3385 Grants

awarded to Native projects

$79.9 Million

in total grants awarded


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

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