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to Support Indigenous Language Programs

Native Language Immersion Initiative Grant

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First Nations Development Institute (First Nations)

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Deadline Date:

11/10/21 5:00 PM Mountain Time


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Grants of up to $75,000 to USA and territories tribes and nonprofit organizations for programs to support indigenous language programs. Funding is intended for capacity-building activities to assist existing language programs. Programs must provide at least 20 hours of instruction per week for at least 10 students aged 3 to 22 years old.

The Native Language Immersion Initiative (NLII) program is designed specifically to build the capacity of and support Native language immersion education programs in tribal communities. In addition to direct financial resources, this initiative seeks to build a dialogue and community of practice among Native language immersion grantees and momentum for supporting Native language programs.

Funding under this grant will support capacity-building activities designed to improve and enhance the language immersion program’s ability to achieve its mission. This may include curriculum development, technology access, instructional courses and materials, mentorships, teacher training and other kinds of organizational infrastructure.

Eligible programs must fit the following definition of Native language immersion: 

  1. Have an existing language-immersion program (one-year minimum).
  2. Provide at least 20 hours per week for an entire school year of Native American language instruction.
  3. Serve a minimum of 10 students within the target age of 3 to 22 years old.
  4. Have a community vision for the future of their language.

Programs should be actively growing new speakers and have assessment and evaluation plans to identify progression in student Native language acquisition. Priority will be given to programs with long-term, community-based language plans. 

Examples of allowable activities under this funding opportunity include, but are not limited to:

  • Curriculum development
  • Language and culture summer and after-school camps
  • Professional development 
  • Mentorships
  • Internships
  • Leadership succession planning
  • Strengthening technological and informational systems
  • Conducting audits

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 198697

Number of Grants:

5 to 8 grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

Total requests for project budgets within this funding opportunity should not exceed $75,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period for this funding opportunity is January 1, 2022, to December 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Type of Eligible Entities:
Tribes, Native-controlled nonprofits, and Native-controlled community organizations with active Native language immersion programs located in the United States or U.S. territories are eligible to apply. First Nations considers “Native-controlled” to mean that the majority (more than 50%) of the organization’s Board of Directors is tribally-affiliated.

Types of eligible applicants include, but are not limited to:
- Federal- and State-Recognized Tribal Governments and Departments
- Native-controlled 501(c)(3) nonprofits
- Native-controlled community organizations with fiscal sponsorship
- Native §7871 Organizations

Examples of unallowable activities under this funding opportunity include:
- Construction
- Facilities purchase
- Land purchase

Pre-proposal Conference:

Application Q&A Webinars
First Nations will host two informational Question & Answer (Q&A) webinars for applicants prior to the application deadline. These Q&A webinars will provide an opportunity for applicants to ask questions about the application, selection criteria, guidelines, or other related questions. Participation in these webinars is NOT mandatory; however, applicants are strongly encouraged to register for and attend one or both of the webinars.

Application Q&A Sessions Will Be Held on:
- Thursday, October 28, 2021, at 1 pm Mountain Daylight Time. Register at:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due Wednesday, November 10, 2021, no later than 5 pm Mountain Time.

Applicants will be notified in mid to late December 2021 regarding the status of proposals. Notifications will be e-mailed to the project contact listed in the application.

First Nations recognizes that some of the most rural and remote applicants may have limited access to high-speed internet. Any exceptions to use of the online system must be made at least two weeks in advance of the application deadline by submitting a request via email.

Unfortunately, First Nations cannot make any emergency exceptions to application deadlines. Partial applications, incomplete applications due to user error, or faxed/emailed/mailed applications will not be considered unless they have received prior approval.

Capacity-Building and Networking Sessions: One to two team members from each selected grantee organization will be required to attend a series of half-day online capacity-building and networking sessions designed to strengthen grantee organizations and build a community of practice among grantee cohort members. These sessions are anticipated to be held once quarterly during the grant period.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Direct questions to If you do not have access to email you can call the office at (303) 774-7836 and ask to speak with a member of the Grantmaking Department.

Should you have any additional questions about the RFP or this specific funding opportunity, please contact Kendall Tallmadge by email at or by phone at (303) 774-7836.

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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