Deadline just two weeks away for First Nations Native Youth & Culture Fund grants

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Application deadline March 12, 2019

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First Nations Development Institute

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is accepting proposals for its Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF) 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 in Native communities. First Nations expects to award approximately 20 grants of between $5,000 and $19,500 each for projects of no longer than one year in length.

First Nations began the Native Youth & Culture Fund in 2002 with the belief that Native youth represent the future of Native communities, and that their health and well-being determine the future overall health and well-being of a community. By investing in its 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. The Native Youth & Culture Fund grant program is made possible through generous funding from Kalliopeia Foundation and other entities.

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First Nations Development Institute is accepting proposals for its Native Youth and Culture Fund for projects that focus on youth and incorporate culture and tradition to address social issues.(Image: First Nations Development Institute)

Specifically, First Nations is 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 receive about 200 proposals in Stage I of this process. From these submissions, approximately 40 will be invited to submit full proposals in Stage II. From those applicants asked to submit full proposals, First Nations will award approximately 20 grants. Some of the projects selected may have received previous Native Youth & Culture Fund funding and are seeking additional support to expand the original project, with a view toward sustainability. First Nations will fund projects no longer than one year in length, and with budgets between $5,000 and $19,500. 

All applicants must fully complete the First Nations online grant application. Eligible entities include but are not limited to federal- and state-recognized tribal governments, tribally-run programs, tribal colleges, and Native American-controlled 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. This program does not fund individuals or public schools.

Organizations that are not a tribal government, 501(c)(3), or a Section 7871 must have a fiscal sponsor that is a qualifying entity. All entities that apply must be located in a tribal community or have very close ties to one or more tribal communities. 

Please read the official request before you decide to submit a proposal. More information and the online grant application can be found here: 

(To view a recording or see the PowerPoint from the informational Q&A webinar about this grant opportunity, go to

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