Grantmaking

Grantmaking

Founded in 1980, First Nations began its national grantmaking program in 1993. Through year-end 2020, we have successfully managed 2,150 grants totaling $43 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

  • GATHER Food Sovereignty Grant – Closed January 14, 2021
  • California Tribal Fund COVID-19 Response: Recovery & Resilience – Closed November 20, 2020
  • Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship – Closed October 22, 2020
  • NAFSI College Scholarship – Closed October 15, 2020
  • Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF) – Closed March 12, 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
Current grant opportunities

Providing Grants Across the Nation

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Current Grant Opportunities

Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship 2022

First Nations will award 10 fellowships of $75,000 each to 10 outstanding Native knowledge holders and knowledge makers engaged in meaningful work that benefits Indigenous people and communities. The fellowship is a two-year, self-directed enrichment program designed to support the process of growth, development, knowledge and networks of Native leaders and thinkers. The fellowships supports the work of Native knowledge holders and knowledge makers as they significantly advance their work and spark transformative change in their communities.

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Western COVID-19 Response Grant

Through the Western COVID-19 Response Grant, First Nations will award up to 14 grants, ranging from $23,000 to $28,000, to support tribes and organizations that are working to create immediate and long-term COVID-19 relief and recovery to Native communities in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming, and that serve one or more of these focus populations: Elders, military veterans, individuals with a disability who are transitioning to live independently, and/or children in foster care.

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Our Grantmaking Impact

Founded in 1980, First Nations began its national grantmaking program in 1993. Through year-end 2020, we have successfully managed 2,150 grants totaling $43 million to Native American projects and organizations in 40 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Territory American Samoa.

2150 Grants

awarded to Native projects

$43 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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