Grantmaking

Grantmaking

Founded in 1980, First Nations began its national grantmaking program in 1993. Through mid-year 2021, we have successfully managed 2,276 grants totaling $46 million to Native American projects and organizations in 42 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

  • 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
  • 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
Current grant opportunities

Providing Grants Across the Nation

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Current Grant Opportunities

Native Language Immersion Initiative Grants

To support the revitalization and perpetuation of Native languages and culture, First Nations is again awarded funding through our Native Language Immersion Initiative with grants ranging from $45,000 to $75,000 to build the capacity of Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal government programs actively supporting Native language immersion programs.

Apply by Nov. 10, 2021

Setting the Table for a Healthy Food System in Indian Country Grant

To support work to build the organizational and program capacity of Native American food pantries and food banks, thus boosting control, cultural responsiveness, and infrastructure of community food systems, First Nations will award 12 grants averaging $35,000 to support Native American-led food pantries and food banks.

Apply by Nov. 12, 2021

Our Grantmaking Impact

Founded in 1980, First Nations began its national grantmaking program in 1993. Through mid-year 2021, we have successfully managed 2,276 grants totaling $46 million to Native American projects and organizations in 42 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

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Current Grantees

First Nations' online grants system allows applicants and grantees to access online reports & applications.

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