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Investing in Native Youth: Grantmaking Trends from the Native Youth and Culture Fund 2015-2017


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This report updates grantmaking trends under First Nations’ Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF) for the years 2015 through 2017. The NYCF provides financial support, technical assistance and training to tribes and Native American organizations dedicated to youth empowerment and culture and language awareness. The NYCF is one of First Nations’ most popular grant opportunities. Since 2002, First Nations has awarded 378 grants through the NYCF, totaling $6.33 million (including 2018 grants). As a result of this partnership with Kalliopeia Foundation and other supporters, First Nations has become one of the largest grantmakers in Indian Country to support community-based efforts that connect Native youth with programs that promote youth leadership and advance Native culture, language and spirituality. (Also see previous report from 2010 through 2014 at this link.)