NATIVE LANGUAGE IMMERSION INITIATIVE GRANTS
Application Deadline: March 23, 2018, no later than 5 p.m. Mountain Time
For more than 37 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 mid-year 2017, we have successfully managed 1,345 grants totaling more than $28.9 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, Lannan Foundation, Kalliopeia Foundation and the 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 and is pleased to announce this 2018 request for proposals (RFP).
During this funding cycle, First Nations will distribute approximately 12 grant awards 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 and culture-retention programs.
The NLII seeks to build a dialogue and community of practice around Native language immersion programs and consensus on and momentum for Native language programs.
Eligible entities must be Native-controlled intuitions and organizations with an existing language-immersion program providing at least 20 hours per week per school year of Native American language instruction with at least 10 students. The target age is children to college-age students. Programs should be actively growing new speakers and have plans for assessment and evaluation in place to identify progression in student Native language acquisition. Priority will be given to programs with a long-term, community-based immersion plan.
Funding can support curriculum development, technology access, instructional courses and materials, teacher training and other kinds of organizational infrastructure, all aimed toward achieving Native American fluency and academic proficiency.
The grant period for this funding opportunity will commence June 1, 2018, and end May 31, 2019.
Grant Award Ceilings
Total requests for project budgets within this funding opportunity should not exceed $90,000.
To download a PDF version of this RFP, please click here.