First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) announced the selection of 24 American Indian organizations and tribes to receive grants through its Native Youth and Culture Fund (NYCF) for the 2016-17 funding cycle. The grants total $432,000.
First Nations launched the NYCF in 2002 with generous support from Kalliopeia Foundation and other foundations and tribal, corporate and individual supporters. The NYCF is designed to enhance culture and language awareness, and promote youth empowerment, leadership and community building. To date under this fund, First Nations has awarded 328 grants to Native youth programs throughout the U.S., totaling $5.55 million.