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Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF) Grant

Grants to USA Tribal Governments and
Nonprofits to Benefit Native Youth

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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First Nations Development Institute

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Deadline Date:

08/19/21 5:00 PM MT


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Grants of up to $25,000 to USA and Territories Tribal governments and Native-controlled nonprofit and community organizations for programs that use tradition and culture to connect with Native youth. Funding is intended to strengthen, preserve, and renew indigenous traditional and cultural practices among youth. Applicants should be focused on providing youth opportunities that support the perpetuation of traditional ecological knowledge, spirituality and the intergenerational transfer of knowledge systems, resulting in compassion, respect, dignity, reverence for nature, and care for each other and the Earth.

Specifically, NYCF is seeking programs 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 ecological knowledge systems, practices and/or beliefs.
  • 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 seeks proposals that:

  • Are solid matches to one or more of the NYCF priorities.
  • Demonstrate the ability, and/or experience necessary to accomplish the project.
  • Have a clear plan that describes how the funds will be used to support native youth.
  • Are feasible, cost-effective and sustainable.
  • Form partnerships and/or engage broad community participation and support.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169236

Number of Grants:

First Nations expects to award approximately 30 grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period for this funding opportunity will commence October 1, 2021, and end September 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All entities that apply must be located in the United States or U.S. Territories and must be Native-controlled nonprofit organizations or Native-controlled community organizations. First Nations considers “Native-controlled” to mean that the majority (more than 50%) of the organization’s Board of Directors is tribally affiliated.

Native community organizations may submit applications through a sponsoring organization if the sponsor has 501(c)(3) status, and can provide written authorization confirming its willingness to act as the fiscal sponsor. Urban groups that serve only off-reservation tribal members are unlikely to be funded, as this program is primarily for rural and reservation-based communities.

Examples of eligible applicants include, but are not limited to:
- Federal- and State-Recognized Tribal Governments.
- Native-Controlled 501(c)(3) Nonprofits.
- Native-Controlled Community Organizations with fiscal sponsorship.
- Native § 7871 Organizations.

Grants under this project will not be made to public schools.

Religious or faith-based organizations may apply, provided the organization meets the eligibility and grant program requirements.

Pre-proposal Conference:

First Nations will host one optional Question & Answer (Q&A) webinar for interested applicants prior to the application deadline. The Q&A webinar will provide an opportunity for applicants to ask general questions about the Native Youth and Culture Fund, the grant application, selection criteria, guidelines or other related questions. Participation in the webinar is NOT mandatory, a copy of the recorded webinar will be available on the website in July 2021.

Application Q&A session will be held on:
- Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at 1 pm Mountain Time (1 hour)
- Registration URL:

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are due no later than Thursday, August 19, 2021, at 5 pm Mountain Time.

Applicants will be notified on or before Friday, October 1, 2021 of award status.

Please allow yourself enough time to submit a complete application before the deadline, as the system will shut down automatically at 5 pm Mountain Time on Thursday, August 19, 2021, and no data may be entered thereafter. Partial, faxed, emailed or mailed applications that are not received on time due to user error will not be considered.

First Nations recognizes that some of the 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.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Should you have any additional questions about the RFP or this specific funding opportunity, please contact
Abi Whiteing by email at

Direct questions to:
(303) 774-7836

First Nations Development Institute
2432 Main Street, 2nd Floor
Longmont, CO 80501
Fax 303-774-7841

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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