74 Grantmaking Program

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.

If you would like to be notified of our grant opportunities as they become available, please sign up to receive our Announcements.

Founded in 1980, First Nations began its national grantmaking program in 1993. Through year-end 2017, we have successfully managed 1,412 grants totaling more than $29.8 million to Native American projects and organizations in 39 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Territory American Samoa.

Grantseeker Resources

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. 

Current Grant Opportunities

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 (see current RFP for Native Language Immersion Initiative), 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.

Recent Grant or Scholarship Opportunities

  • Native Arts Initiative (NAI) Grants - Closed October 19, 2017
  • NAFSI College Scholarships - Closed September 28, 2017
  • Nourishing Native Children: Feeding Our Future Grants - Closed May 5, 2017 
  • Native Arts Initiative (NAI) Grants - Closed March 9, 2017
  • Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF) - Closed March 8, 2017
  • NAFSI Program Grants (WKKF/Agua) - Closed February 24, 2017
  • Food Sovereignty Assessment Grants (WKKF) - Closed February 24, 2017
  • NAFSI College Scholarships - Closed October 5, 2016
  • FDPIR Nutrition Education (Walmart Foundation) - Closed August 23, 2016
  • Food Sovereignty Assessment Grants (NoVo) - Closed August 10, 2016
  • Food Sovereignty Assessment Grants (WKKF) - Closed March 15, 2016
  • Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF) - Closed March 9, 2016
  • Seeds of Native Health (SONH) - Closed February 11, 2016
  • Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative (NAFSI) - Closed January 25, 2016
  • Native Arts Capacity Building Initiative (NACBI) - Closed January 15, 2016

First Nations is now accepting proposals for the Native Language Immersion Initiative grant program.

Current Grantees

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