Grantmaking

Grantmaking

Founded in 1980, First Nations began its national grantmaking program in 1993. Through mid-year 2020, we have successfully managed 1,928 grants totaling $40.2 million to Native American projects and organizations in 40 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Territory American Samoa.

Our grantmaking program provides both financial and technical resources to tribes and Native nonprofit organizations to support asset-based development efforts.

Recent Grant, Scholarship & Fellowship Opportunities

  • Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF) – Closed March 12, 2020
  • GATHER Food Sovereignty Grant – Closed February 27, 2020
  • Native Youth Business Plan Competition – Closed January 15, 2020
  • NAFSI Keepseagle Native Farmer & Rancher Shared Equipment Grant – Closed December 16, 2019
  • NAFSI Keepseagle Native Farmers & Ranchers Organization Grant – Closed December 16, 2019
  • Fertile Ground Advocacy Campaign Grant – Closed November 14, 2019
  • NAFSI College Scholarships – Closed September 30, 2019
  • Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship – Closed September 13, 2019
  • Native Language Immersion Initiative (NLII) – Closed May 30, 2019
  • Fertile Ground Advocacy Campaign – Closed April 9, 2019
  • Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF) – Closed March 12, 2019
  • Native Language Immersion Initiative (NLII) – Closed December 18, 2018
  • Keepseagle Fast-Track Grants to Support Native Farmers & Ranchers – Closed October 5, 2018
  • NAFSI College Scholarships – Closed October 4, 2018
  • Native Arts Initiative (NAI) Grants – Closed August 30, 2018
  • Native Language Immersion Initiative (NLII) – Closed March 23, 2018
  • Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF) – Closed March 8, 2018
Current grant opportunities

Providing Grants Across the Nation

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Current Grant Opportunities

Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarships

Applications are now being accepted for the NAFSI Scholarship Program, which aims to advance Native food sovereignty and improve overall health. First Nations will award 20 to 25 scholarships of $1,000 to $1,500 each for the 2020-2021 academic school year to Native college students majoring in agriculture and agriculture-related fields.

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Our Grantmaking Impact

Founded in 1980, First Nations began its national grantmaking program in 1993. Through mid-year 2020, we have successfully managed 1,928 grants totaling $40.2 million to Native American projects and organizations in 40 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Territory American Samoa.

1928 Grants

awarded to Native projects

$40.2 Million

in total grants awarded

40

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

Grantseeker Resources

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Current Grantees

First Nations' online grants system allows applicants and grantees to access online reports & applications.

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