For nearly forty years, the First Nations Development Institute, a Native-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has worked to strengthen American Indian economies and to support healthy Native communities by investing in and creating innovative institutions and models that strengthen asset control and support economic development for American Indian people and their communities.
To that end, First Nations is currently accepting applications for its Native Language Immersion Initiative (NLII). First launched in 2017, the initiative seeks to build a dialogue and community of practice, through grantee cohorts, around Native language immersion programs as well as momentum for supporting Native language programs.
Through the initiative, twelve grants of up to $90,000 each will be awarded.
Programs supported through the initiative should be actively growing new speakers and have assessment and evaluation plans in place to identify progression in student Native language acquisition. Priority will be given to programs with long-term, community-based plans. Funding will support capacity-building activities designed to improve and enhance the program’s ability to achieve its mission, which may include curriculum development, technology access, instructional courses and materials, mentorships, teacher training, and other kinds of organizational infrastructure
To be eligible, programs must have an existing language-immersion program (one-year minimum), provide at least twenty hours per week for an entire school year of Native American language instruction, and serve a minimum of ten students between the ages of 3 and 22.
See the First Nations website for program requirements and guidelines and a link to the application portal.