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Submit Proposals for Native Youth and Culture Fund 2019

Deadline: 12 March 2019

The First Nations Development Institute is accepting proposals for its program entitled “Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF)” 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 Development Institute is pleased to announce this 2019 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.

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.

Funding Information

First Nations expects to award approximately 20 grants of between $5,000 and $19,500 for projects of no longer than one year in length.

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 they 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.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via given website.

Eligible Country: United States

For more information, please First Nations Development Institute.