First Nations Development Institute: Western COVID-19 Response Grant

The Western COVID-19 Response Grant will provide funding for Native nonprofits and Tribal programs working toward long-term COVID-19 recovery and immediate COVID-19 relief to Native communities. The grant will focus on general support for Native-led programs assisting with virtual operations and PPE to keep staff and constituents safe, and helping Native youth and elders cope with the mental health effects of COVID-19. Applicants must be located in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, or Wyoming. First Nations seeks projects that demonstrate:

  • That they can help strengthen Native American, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian communities
  • A clear focus within projects and programs connected to the organization’s stated mission
  • Proper alignment with stated funding priorities and eligibility guidelines
  • A new or innovative idea or an ongoing effort that substantially builds upon past success
  • The ability and/or experience necessary to successfully accomplish the proposed project
  • Strong leadership that reflects the community served
  • A clear plan of action with specific, measurable, and realistic goals and objectives
  • Logical and sequential development of project or program-implementation timelines
  • Accurate, reasonable, and consistent project or program budget
  • Periodic assessment, documentation, and dissemination of progress and final results
  • Feasibility, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability of proposed projects or programs
  • Sufficient organizational capacity to successfully implement the proposed project or programs
  • Strategic plans for collaborating and forming partnerships
  • Direct engagement of target audiences within the planning, implementation, and evaluation process

Priority populations include:

  • Elders
  • Military veterans
  • Individuals with a disability who are transitioning to live independently
  • Children in foster care

Examples of allowable activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Distributing PPE to foster care homes in the community
  • Creating a community-based program to address COVID-19’s effects on youth mental health
  • Connecting youth and elders through cultural programs designed to combat isolation due to COVID-19 and build intergenerational knowledge in the time of COVID-19
  • Providing staff salaries for a veterans’ service organization to remain open and create long-term recovery plans for their operations
  • Distributing food baskets to elders in the community over six months and designing a survey to see how their mental health has improved with regular contact from deliveries

Note: Interested parties may attend an Application Q&A Session on June 15, 2021 at 10:00am MDT.

Amount: Fourteen awards ranging between $23,000 and $28,000 will be made, for a project period of one year.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants in the Western U.S. include, but are not limited to:

  • Federal and state recognized tribal governments
  • Tribal government programs, such as tribal arts programs, heritage departments, and economic development entities
  • Native-controlled 501(c)(3) nonprofits
  • Native-controlled community organizations with fiscal sponsorship
  • Native 7871 organizations

Deadline: June 24, 2021

Resource Information
Funder First Nations Development Institute
Eligibility Tribal Government, Tribal Organization
Resource URL:
Sector COVID-19 Emergency Response, Mental Health, Military/Veteran, Native American, Social Services, Older Adults
Grant Amount Between $23,000 and $28,000.
Deadline Closed