Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF)
First Nations launched the NYCF in 2002 with generous support from Kalliopeia Foundation and other foundations and tribal, corporate and individual supporters. The NYCF is designed to enhance culture and language awareness, and promote youth empowerment, leadership and community building. This year’s funding is provided by Kalliopeia Foundation and an anonymous donor. Including awards made in 2018, First Nations has awarded more than 370 grants to Native youth programs throughout the U.S., totaling $6.3 million.
In 2018, First Nations awarded 21 grants totaling $400,000. In 2017, First Nations awarded grants to 22 Native organizations across the U.S. totaling $410,000. In 2016, grants were awarded to 24 programs totaling $432,000, and, in 2015, 26 grants were made to American Indian and Native Hawaiian organizations.
Thousands of tribal youth have been and are being served through those innovative efforts, which ranged from culture camps and language nests, to business classes and financial education workshops, to agriculture and other food-based activities.
In 2018 First Nations awarded $400,000 to 21 organizations.