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First Nations Development Institute: Native Youth and Culture Fund

Deadline: August 19, 2021

The Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF) was launched in 2002 to allow First Nations to partner with tribes, Native nonprofit organizations and Native community groups working in rural and reservation-based communities and seeking ways to preserve, strengthen and/or renew Native cultures and traditions among youth. In 2021, the Fund will support Native-led nonprofits and organizations that are 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, funding is targeting 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.

This funding is available as general operating support and can be used to build organizational/programmatic capacity, increase sustainability, or for specific youth project-focused activities.

Amount: Up to 30 grants ranging between $5,000 and $25,000 for one year will be awarded.

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 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.
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

Note: 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.

Link: https://www.firstnations.org/rfps/native-youth-and-culture-fund-grant-opportunity/

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