Grantmaking

Grantmaking

Founded in 1980, First Nations began its national grantmaking program in 1993. Through year-end 2023, we have successfully managed 3,385 grants totaling $79.9 million to Native American projects and organizations in 45 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.

Eligible applicants include:

  • Federal- and State-Recognized Tribal Governments (Tribal Government Programs, such as Tribal Arts Programs, Heritage Departments, Economic Development Entities, etc.)
  • Native-controlled 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations
  • Native 7871 Organizations
  • Fiscally-sponsored Native community organizations

There are also occasional individual support opportunities available through fellowships and scholarships.

Recent Grant, Scholarship & Fellowship Opportunities

 

  • Strengthening Native Programs & Feeding Families – Closed October 6, 2023
  • Native Agriculture and Food Systems College Scholarship – Closed August 24, 2023
  • Food Sovereignty and Local Control of Food Systems – Closed May 31, 2023
  • Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship – Closed May 17, 2023
  • Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program – Closed March 31, 2023
  • Gather Food Sovereignty – Closed February 28, 2023
  • Native Youth and Culture Fund – Closed November 14, 2022
  • Native Language Immersion Initiative – Closed November 2, 2022
  • Native Agriculture and Food Systems College Scholarship – Closed October 18, 2022
  • Climate Resiliency in Indian Country – Closed June 1, 2022
  • Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship – Closed May 26, 2022
  • Protecting Bering Sea Marine Resources – Closed May 31, 2022
  • Green Jobs in Indian Country – Closed April 20, 2022
  • Strengthening Native Programs & Feeding Families – Closed March 31, 2022
  • Access to Ancestral Lands – Closed January 31, 2022
  • 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

Advancing Tribal Nature-Based Solutions

First Nations is now accepting applications under our Stewarding Native Lands program for projects that aim to grow tribal capacity and programming to employ and monitor community-, culture-, and nature-based approaches. First Nations expects to award 6 grants up to $200,000 each to eligible tribes and organizations.

Apply by May 22, 2024

Native Youth and Culture Fund

Through the Native Youth and Culture Fund, First Nations will award multiple two-year grants ranging from $20,000 to $60,000 to Native youth programs and projects that focus on increasing youth leadership and providing opportunities for intergenerational transfer of knowledge. Grants will be targeted to three specific funding groups.

Apply by June 5, 2024

Our Grantmaking Impact

Founded in 1980, First Nations began its national grantmaking program in 1993. Through year-end 2023, we have successfully managed 3,385 grants totaling $79.9 million to Native American projects and organizations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. Territory American Samoa.

3385 Grants

awarded to Native projects

$79.9 Million

in total grants awarded

45

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

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Current Grantees

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