LONGMONT, Colorado (April 15, 2019) – First Nations Development Institute (First
Nations) today launched a Request
for Proposals (RFP) process for its Native
Language Immersion Initiative (NLII). First Nations will award about 12
grants of up to $90,000 each to build the capacity of and directly support
Native language-immersion programs. The application deadline is May 30,
This RFP is for the third year of this three-year initiative. The first-year RFP was launched early in 2018, the second in October 2018, and now this one for the third year. The grant period for this new RFP will run from July 15, 2019, to July 14, 2020.
Under NLII, First Nations is seeking to build a dialogue and community of practice, through the grantee cohorts, around Native language immersion programs, and momentum for supporting Native language programs. The effort is made possible through funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Lannan Foundation, Kalliopeia Foundation and NoVo Foundation. The initiative includes American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian language programs.
The full RFP can be found here: https://www.firstnations.org/rfps/nlii2019-2020/. It contains information on eligibility, the application process, grant requirements, selection criteria, allowable activities and more. Eligibility is limited to U.S.-based tribal government programs, tribal 7871 entities, Native-controlled nonprofit organizations, and Native-controlled community organizations with a fiscal sponsor.
Further, there will be two free Q&A webinars for applicants to learn more about the RFP process and eligibility. Participation in these webinars is not mandatory, but applicants are strongly urged to register for and attend one or both of them.
- Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at 1 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9217980429912907266
- Tuesday May 14, 2019, at 12 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3866004227620277250
There are currently about 150 Native languages
spoken in the U.S., many of them spoken only by a small number of elders.
Without intervention, many of these languages are expected to become extinct
within the next 50 to 100 years, which means a significant loss of cultural
heritage. These grants can support activities such as curriculum development,
language and culture summer and after-school camps, professional development,
mentorships, internships, leadership succession planning, and the strengthening
of technological and informational systems. Language retention and
revitalization programs have been recognized as providing key benefits to
Native American communities by boosting educational achievement and student
retention rates. They also support community identity, Native systems of
kinship, and management of community, cultural and natural resources.
Through this initiative, First Nations seeks to stem the loss of Indigenous languages and cultures by supporting new generations of Native American language speakers, and establishing infrastructure and models for Native language-immersion programs that may be replicated in other communities. To learn more about the history and current grantees of this initiative, go here.
About First Nations Development Institute
For nearly 39 years, using a three-pronged strategy of educating grassroots practitioners, advocating for systemic change, and capitalizing Indian communities, First Nations has been working to restore Native American control and culturally-compatible stewardship of the assets they own – be they land, human potential, cultural heritage or natural resources – and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native American communities. First Nations serves Native American communities throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.firstnations.org.
Marsha Whiting, First Nations Associate Director of Programs
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Randy Blauvelt, First Nations Senior Communications Officer
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