Our Programs

Strengthening Tribal & Community Institutions

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Program Overview

Through grant support, technical assistance and training, First Nations provides tribes and Native communities with the tools and resources necessary to create new community-based nonprofit organizations and to strengthen the capacity of existing nonprofits and tribal agencies or departments. For more than 35 years, First Nations has supported hundreds of model projects that help revitalize Native communities, while integrating social empowerment and economic strategies. First Nations believes that by bolstering tribal and community institutions, we are helping to build economically stronger and healthier Native communities for the long term.

Current Projects

Native Arts Initiative

First Nations works to build healthy economies in Indian Country based on strategies that emphasize Native communities' control of their…

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Urban Native Project

Urban Native Project First Nations Development Institute and the National Urban Indian Family Coalition (NUIFC) partnered in…

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Nurturing Native Givers and Giving

Nurturing Native Givers and Giving In 2014 First Nations launched a project called Nurturing Native…

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Technical Assistance Capacity Building

HUD OneCPD and ONAP Technical Assistance Capacity Building The purpose of this grant is to increase the ability of the…

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Supporting Tribal Domestic Violence Coalitions

Delivering Capacity Building Services to Tribal Domestic Violence Coalitions First Nations Development Institute supports a national tribal domestic violence and…

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Reclaiming Native Truth: A Project to Dispel America’s Myths and Misconceptions

Reclaiming Native Truth is a national effort to foster cultural, social and policy change by empowering Native Americans to counter…

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Charting a Path Forward

The Native Nonprofit Sector and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Charting a Path Forward In June 2020, First Nations Development Institute launched…

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Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship

Featured artwork by 2020 Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellow Hanna Sholl  (Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak, Alaska)

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Native Fundraisers Community of Practice

At the back end of every organization is the development component -- the internal system of fundraising, donor engagement, and…

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Passing Down Art and History at the Tulalip Tribes

Generations ago, art was everywhere in the Tulalip culture, represented in its tools, clothing, food and ceremony. After years of outside stressors chipping away at the tribes’ artistic soul, the Hibulb Cultural Center is working to bring art back. Since 2011, the center has invested in culturally-significant educational programming. And now with funding from First Nations’ Native Arts Initiative, it is bolstering its classes, reaching more people and fostering even more pride in the craftsmanship and elegance of Tulalip art.

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New: California Tribal Fund

As part of First Nations’ overall mission to invest in and create innovative institutions and models that strengthen asset control for American Indian people and communities, the newly launched California Tribal Fund addresses both the unique circumstances of California Native communities and the lack of philanthropic support for California Native causes. The California Tribal Fund supports California-based, California-Native-led nonprofits and tribal programs in controlling and protecting their food systems, water, languages, traditional ecological knowledge, and land. Learn more.

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