First Nations Sets Record in 2015 with More Than $2M in Grants to Indian Communities
For the First Nations Development Institute (First Nations), 2015 was a banner year.
During those 12 months, First Nations granted its largest annual dollar amount ever to Native American organizations and tribes. It also awarded the largest number of grants ever in a one-year period. The funding went toward projects aimed at grassroots economic development and Native community betterment, and covered areas ranging from agriculture and food systems, to Native arts-related efforts, to urban Indian centers, to Native youth and culture programs.
During 2015, First Nations awarded a record 103 grants totaling $2,174,494. The grants ranged from $90 up to copy20,000, and went to Native organizations or tribes in numerous states, including Alaska and Hawaii. Previously, the annual record for First Nations in its 35-year history was 95 grants totaling copy,867,560 in 2012.