Strengthening Native American Communities & Economies
First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is an American Indian institute that helps strengthen and revitalize the economies of Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities. Our grantmaking program provides both financial and technical resources to tribes and Native nonprofit organizations to support asset-based development efforts.
First Nations offers grant support through the Eagle Staff Fund, as well as other donor-advised and donor-designated funds.
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Founded in 1980, First Nations began its national grantmaking program in 1993. Through year-end 2016, we have successfully managed 1,238 grants totaling more than $27 million to Native American projects and organizations in 39 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Territory American Samoa.
First Nations has prepared numerous resources to help you in preparing your grant applications. Go here for a list of those resources plus a link to each one.
Our grant opportunities and timelines vary from year to year. Current grant opportunities are promoted on our website, on the top-right side of this Grantmaking page, and on our various social-media channels. However, the best way to keep informed of grant opportunities is by subscribing to our email list here.