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First Nations Development Institute: Native Youth and Culture Fund

Deadline: March 8, 2017

The Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF) promotes partnerships 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.

In 2017, NYCF is seeking 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. Specific priority areas are:

  • 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

Amount: Approximately 20 grants will be made that range from $5,000 to $20,000.

Eligibility: Applicants 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 are tribally affiliated. Types of eligible entities 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 and 7871 organizations.

Note that grants will not be made to public schools.

Link: http://www.firstnations.org/grantmaking/2017NYCF

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