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Support for Native American Youth Projects
First Nations Development Institute: Native Youth and Culture Fund
First Nations Development Institute invests in innovative institutions that strengthen asset control and support economic development for American Indian people and their communities. The First Nations’ Native Youth and Culture Fund provides grants of $5,000 to $20,000 for projects that focus on youth and incorporate Native culture and tradition to address issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, mental health, and other social issues. Funded projects should address one or more of the following priority areas: preserving cultural and/or spiritual practices, beliefs, and values; engaging both youth and elders in activities that demonstrate methods for documenting traditional knowledge, practices, and/or beliefs; increasing youth's capacity to lead through integrated educational or mentoring programs; and increasing access to cultural customs and beliefs through the use of appropriate technologies as a means of preserving tribal language, arts, history, etc. Online proposals must be submitted by March 20, 2014. Visit the First Nations’ website to review the funding guidelines.