Grantmaking

Grantmaking

Founded in 1980, First Nations began its national grantmaking program in 1993. Through year-end 2018, we have successfully managed 1,547 grants totaling more than $32.2 million to Native American projects and organizations in 39 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

  • Fertile Ground Advocacy Campaign – Closing 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
  • NAFSI College Scholarships – Closed October 5, 2016
  • FDPIR Nutrition Education (Walmart Foundation) – Closed August 23, 2016
  • Food Sovereignty Assessment Grants (NoVo) – Closed August 10, 2016
  • Food Sovereignty Assessment Grants (WKKF) – Closed March 15, 2016
  • Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF) – Closed March 9, 2016
  • Seeds of Native Health (SONH) – Closed February 11, 2016
  • Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative (NAFSI) – Closed January 25, 2016
  • Native Arts Capacity Building Initiative (NACBI) – Closed January 15, 2016
Current grant opportunities

Providing Grants Across the Nation

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Current Grant Opportunities

Fertile Ground Advocacy Campaign Grants

First Nations is now accepting grant proposals under a new effort known as the “Fertile Ground Advocacy Campaign.” First Nations will award up to five grants of $75,000 to $100,000 each to support Native American-led efforts aimed at advancing new policies and innovative policymaking approaches that benefit Native American nutrition and health.

Fertile Ground RFP

Our Grantmaking Impact

First Nations, founded in 1980, began its national grantmaking program in 1993. Through year-end 2018, we have successfully managed 1,547 grants totaling more than $32.2 million to Native American projects and organizations in 39 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Territory American Samoa.

1,547 Grants

awarded to Native projects

$32.2 Million

in total grants awarded

39

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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