Grantmaking

Grantmaking

Founded in 1980, First Nations began its national grantmaking program in 1993. Through mid-year 2022, we have successfully managed 2,702 grants totaling $54.7 million to Native American projects and organizations in 44 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 Farmer and Rancher Apprenticeship – Closed January 14, 2022
  • Gather Food Sovereignty – Closed January 13, 2022
  • Breastfeeding and First Foods – Closed November 30, 2021
  • Setting the Table for a Healthy Food System in Indian Country – Closed November 12, 2021
  • Native Language Immersion Initiative – Closed November 10, 2021
  • NAFSI College Scholarship – Closed October 7, 2021
  • Tribal Ecological Stewardship in the Northern Great Plains – Closed September 14, 2021
  • Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF) – Closed August 20, 2021
  • Strengthening Native Programs and Feeding Families – Closed August 17, 2021
  • Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship – Closed July 13, 2021
  • Western COVID-19 Response – Closed June 24, 2021
  • Native Youth Business Plan Competition – Closed June 22, 2021
  • GATHER Food Sovereignty Grant – Closed January 14, 2021
Current grant opportunities

Providing Grants Across the Nation

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Current Grant Opportunities

Native Agriculture & Food Systems Scholarship

First Nations will award 20 to 25 $1,000 to $1,500 scholarships for the 2022-2023 academic school year to Native college students majoring in agriculture and agriculture-related fields so that they can better assist their communities with their food systems efforts.

Apply by Oct. 18, 2022

Native Language Immersion Initiative Grant

First Nations will award 6 to 10 grants ranging from $45,000 to $75,000 to build the capacity of and directly support Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal government programs actively supporting Native language immersion programs.

Apply by Nov. 2, 2022

Our Grantmaking Impact

Founded in 1980, First Nations began its national grantmaking program in 1993. Through mid-year 2022, we have successfully managed 2,702 grants totaling $54.7 million to Native American projects and organizations in 44 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territory American Samoa.

2702 Grants

awarded to Native projects

$54.7 Million

in total grants awarded

44

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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