Native Youth and Culture Funding Opportunity
Application Deadline: THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2018, at 5 p.m. Mountain Time
About First Nations Development Institute
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 year-end 2017, First Nations has successfully managed 1,412 grants totaling more than $29.8 million to Native American projects and organizations across the Indian Country. For more information, visit www.firstnations.org.
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 seeking ways to preserve, strengthen and/or renew Native culture and tradition 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 2018 Request for Proposals (RFP) for projects that focus on youth and incorporate culture and tradition to address social issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, mental health or other social issues. Specifically, we are seeking projects 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 knowledge, practices and/or beliefs, where culturally appropriate.
- 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.
First Nations expects to award approximately 20 grants of between $5,000 and $20,000 for projects of no longer than one year in length. We may consider projects that have previously received funding. through NYCF and are seeking additional support to expand the original project, with a view toward sustainability. Only in very exceptional cases will we consider projects that do not fit these guidelines.
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 $20,000.
Grant Submission Deadline
The proposal-selection process is a two-stage competitive process.
All applicants must complete the First Nations online grant application, including submission of necessary attachments.
Stage I proposals are due no later than Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time.
Those proposals that score the highest in Stage I will be invited to submit a Stage II proposal.
Stage II proposals will be due Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time.
First Nations recognizes that some of our most rural and remote applicants may have limited access to high-speed 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.
Download instructions for First Nations’ Online Application System here. Access First Nations’ Online Application system here.
You can access a PDF of this RFP at this link.