For nearly 39 years, First Nations Development Institute (First Nations), a Native-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 2018, we have successfully managed 1,547 grants totaling more than $32.2 million to tribal and community institutions across Indian Country. For more information, visit www.firstnations.org.
Because Native cultures and languages are, collectively, key assets for all Native communities, First Nations has long included a concentration on supporting their preservation and proliferation. Since 2002, First Nations has supported tribes and Native communities working to maintain and strengthen cultural connections, identities and practices maintained through language, land/place, food, traditional art mediums and other forms of cultural expression.
Through generous funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (#ZZ-258560), Kalliopeia Foundation, Lannan Foundation and NoVo Foundation, First Nations is able to support the perpetuation of Native American languages through language-immersion education grants, technical assistance and training.
First Nations launched its Native Language Immersion Initiative (NLII) in 2017, with the first of three funding cycles awarded in 2018. We are pleased to announce this request for proposals (RFP) for the third cycle of funding.
During this funding cycle, First Nations will distribute approximately 12 grants of up to $90,000 each to build the capacity of and directly support Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal government programs actively supporting Native language-immersion programs.
The NLII seeks to build a dialogue and community of practice, through the grantee cohorts, around Native language immersion programs, and momentum for supporting Native language programs.
Program Requirements and Guidelines
Eligible programs must fit the following definition of a Native language immersion:
- Have an existing language-immersion program (one-year minimum).
- Provide at least 20 hours per week for an entire school year of Native American language instruction.
- Serve a minimum of 10 students within the target age of 3 to 22 years old.
Programs should be actively growing new speakers and have assessment and evaluation plans in order to identify progression in student Native language acquisition. Priority will be given to programs with long-term, community-based language plans.
Funding will support capacity-building activities designed to improve and enhance the language immersion program’s ability to achieve its mission. This may include curriculum development, technology access, instructional courses and materials, mentorships, teacher training and other kinds of organizational infrastructure.
The grant period for this funding opportunity will commence July 15, 2019, and end July 14, 2020.
Grant Award Ceilings
Total requests for project budgets within this funding opportunity should not exceed $90,000.
Applications must be submitted by THURSDAY, May 30, 2019, no later than 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time.