Grantmaking

Grantmaking

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.

Recent Grant or Scholarship Opportunities

  • Native Youth and Culture Fund Grant Opportunity 2020 – Closes March 12, 2020
  • GATHER Food Sovereignty Grant – Closes 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
  • Native Arts Initiative (NAI) Grants – Closed October 19, 2017
    NAFSI College Scholarships – Closed September 28, 2017
  • Nourishing Native Children: Feeding Our Future Grants – Closed May 5, 2017
  • Native Arts Initiative (NAI) Grants – Closed March 9, 2017
  • Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF) – Closed March 8, 2017
  • NAFSI Program Grants (WKKF/Agua) – Closed February 24, 2017
  • Food Sovereignty Assessment Grants (WKKF) – Closed February 24, 2017
Current grant opportunities

Providing Grants Across the Nation

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Current Grant Opportunities

Native Youth and Culture Fund Grant Opportunity 2020

First Nations began investing in Native youth by launching the Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF) in 2002 to partner with tribes, Native nonprofit organizations and Native community groups working in rural and reservation-based communities and seeking ways to preserve, strengthen and/or renew Native cultures and traditions among youth.

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GATHER Food Sovereignty Grant

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.

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Our Grantmaking Impact

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.

1,648 Grants

awarded to Native projects

$34.9 Million

in total grants awarded

40

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

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Current Grantees

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