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

  • 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

Click on the map to view our Grantee Directory

Current Grant Opportunities

Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship

The Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship program encourages more Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian college students to enter agriculture and food systems fields so that they can better assist their communities with their food systems efforts. First Nations will award 20 to 25 $1,000 to $1,500 scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic school year to Native college students majoring in agriculture and agriculture-related fields.

Apply by Sept. 30, 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

Grantseeker Resources

Explore our many resources for grantseekers

Explore Resources

Current Grantees

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

Log In Here