For more than 40 years, First Nations Development Institute (First Nations), a Native American-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has worked to strengthen American Indian economies to support healthy Native communities by investing in and creating innovative institutions and models that strengthen asset control and support economic development for American Indian people and their communities. First Nations began its national grantmaking program in 1993. Through mid-year 2021, First Nations has successfully managed 2,276 grants totaling more than $46 million to Native American projects and organizations across the Indian Country.
First Nations began investing in Native youth by launching the Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF) in 2002 to partner with tribes, Native nonprofit organizations and Native community groups working in rural and reservation-based communities and seeking ways to preserve, strengthen and/or renew Native cultures and traditions among youth.
First Nations believes that Native youth represent the future of Native communities, and that their health and well-being determine the future health and well-being of a community overall. By investing in youth and giving them a sense of place and tradition in the community, a community ensures that it will have bright and capable future leaders.
We are pleased to announce this 2021 Request for Proposals (RFP) from Native-led nonprofits and organizations that are focused on providing youth opportunities that support the perpetuation of traditional ecological knowledge, spirituality and the intergenerational transfer of knowledge systems, resulting in compassion, respect, dignity, reverence for nature, and care for each other and the Earth.
Specifically, we are seeking programs that focus on one or more of these four priority areas:
- Preserving, strengthening or renewing cultural and/or spiritual practices, beliefs and values.
- Engaging both youth and elders in activities that demonstrate methods for documenting traditional ecological knowledge systems, practices and/or beliefs.
- Increasing youth leadership and their capacity to lead through integrated educational or mentoring programs.
- Increasing access to and sharing of cultural customs and beliefs through the use of appropriate technologies (traditional and/or modern), as a means of reviving or preserving tribal language, arts, history or other culturally relevant topics.
This funding is available as general operating support and can be used to build organizational/programmatic capacity, increase sustainability, or for specific youth project-focused activities. First Nations expects to award approximately 30 grants of between $5,000 and $25,000 for one year of general operating funding.
The grant period for this funding opportunity will commence October 1, 2021, and end September 30, 2022.
Total requests for project budgets within this funding opportunity should not exceed $25,000.
Grant Submission Deadline
All applicants must complete the First Nations online grant application, including submission of necessary attachments.
Proposals are due no later than Thursday, August 19, 2021, at 5 pm Mountain Time.
First Nations recognizes that some of our most rural and remote applicants may have limited access to highspeed Internet. Any exceptions to use of the online system must be made at least two weeks in advance of the application deadline by submitting an email request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, organization, contact information, and the name of the RFP for which you are applying. If you do not have access to email you can call our office at (303) 774-7836 and ask to speak with a member of the Grantmaking Department.