Founded in 1980, First Nations began its national grantmaking program in 1993. Through mid-year 2019, we have successfully managed 1,648 grants totaling more than $34.9 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.
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The Native Youth Business Plan Competition is intended to simulate the real-world process of entrepreneurs seeking start-up funds. The judges will decide which business venture they would most likely fund. Ten semifinalist teams (5 high school division teams and 5 college division teams) will be awarded travel scholarships to attend RES 2020 to pitch their business plans in front of a panel of Native judges and investors. The top three teams from each division will be awarded small prizes to aid in their business ventures. The first-place teams will receive $7,500, second-place will receive $5,000 and third-place will receive $2,500.For More Information
Native Farmer & Rancher Shared Equipment Grant will award 10 grants averaging $10,000 to organizations in Native communities with the same goals, however priority will be given to projects aimed at expanding community access to shared equipment made available to Native farmers, ranchers, and producers who are increasing capacity, revenue and other positive farm outputs that will grow farmer capacity and Native farms and ranch operations.For more information
The Native Farmers & Ranchers Organization Grant will award 18 to 20 grants averaging $30,000 to organizations in Native communities, with the goal of growing and/or expanding direct services that serve or directly collaborate with Native American farmers and ranchers.For more information
A new effort generously supported by the Indigenous Peoples Fund at Tides Foundation, First Nations will award up to 8 grants of approximately $32,0000 each for work contributing to building a national movement that will fulfill a vision of Native communities and food systems that are self-directed, well-resourced and supported by community policies and systems.For more information
First Nations, founded in 1980, began its national grantmaking program in 1993. Through mid-year 2019, we have successfully managed 1,648 grants totaling more than $34.9 million to Native American projects and organizations in 40 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Territory American Samoa.
awarded to Native projects
in total grants awarded
States, D.C. & American Samoa in our grant scope so far