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Native Youth and Culture Fund Grant

Grants to USA Tribal Governments and Nonprofits
to Engage Native Youth in Culture and Tradition

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First Nations Development Institute - Native Youth and Culture Fund

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Deadline Date:

05/01/18 5:00 PM MT


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 to USA and territories Tribal governments, as well as Native-controlled nonprofits and community organizations for youth-serving programs. Initial proposals are due March 8. Funding will support youth programs that incorporate tradition and culture to address social issues affecting Native youth.

Grant Overview:

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.
First Nations is 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, First Nations seeks 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 seeks projects that: 
-Are solid matches between the project purpose and one or more of the NYCF priorities;
-Demonstrate innovative and comprehensive activities;
-Have a clear focus on building healthier communities through preserving, strengthening or renewing Native culture and cultural traditions among youth;
-Demonstrate the ability, and/or experience necessary to accomplish the project;
-Have a clear plan of action, specific goals and objectives, and a process to periodically assess, document and disseminate progress and lessons learned;
-Are feasible, cost-effective and sustainable;
-Form partnerships and/or engage broad community participation and support; and
-Have potential for application and replication in other Native communities

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169236

Number of Grants:

First Nations expects to award approximately 20 grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

First Nations expects to award approximately grants of between $5,000 and $20,000.

Total requests for project budgets within this funding opportunity should not exceed $20,000.

Each applicant must set aside a minimum of $1,000 of their proposed requested funding for travel and attendance at the 2018 L.E.A.D. Institute event, and this amount must be included in all applicant budgets and within the specified grant ceiling of $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects may be no longer than one year in length.

The grant period for this funding opportunity will commence June 1, 2018, and end May 31, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Type of Eligible Entities:

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 we work primarily with 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; and/or
-Native § 7871 Organizations.
Grants under this project will not be made to public schools.

Pre-Application Information:

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 PM 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 PM Mountain Time.

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 to the Grantmaking Department. You may also call the office and ask to speak ith a member of the Grantmaking Department.

Selected grantees must participate in a mandatory Grantee Orientation Webinar, which will be held on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at 1:00 PM Mountain Time or Thursday, June 14, 2018, at 11:00 AM Mountain Time. First Nations will email selected grantees with registration information for this webinar on or after June 1, 2018. During this webinar, First Nations will provide grantees with an overview of grant requirements, and deadlines.

Selected organizations must send one team member to attend the 2018 L.E.A.D. Institute, a national technical assistance, training and networking event hosted by First Nations to be held in September 2018 (exact date and place TBD). Each applicant must set aside a minimum of $1,000 of their proposed requested funding for travel and attendance at this event, and this amount must be included in all applicant budgets and within the specified grant ceiling of $20,000.

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Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Abi Whiteing

Kendall Tallmadge

Grantmaking Department:
(303) 774-7836

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