LONGMONT, COLORADO/SEATTLE — First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) and the National Urban Indian Family Coalition (NUIFC) Wednesday announced they have selected four organizations as second-year grantees under their joint urban initiative for Native Americans. Under the project, First Nations and NUIFC, as partners, are working to build the capacity and effectiveness of American Indian and/or Alaska Native nonprofit organizations over a three-year period by providing project funding, training and technical assistance.
The project is made possible through a grant made to First Nations by The Kresge Foundation. It aims to help organizations that work with some of the estimated 78 percent of American Indians and Alaska Natives who live off reservations or away from tribal villages, and who reflect some of the most disproportionately low social and economic standards in the urban areas in which they reside. Urban Indian organizations are an important support to Native families and individuals, providing cultural linkages as well as a hub for accessing essential human services.
The four projects selected for the 2014-2015 period are:
Chief Seattle Club, Seattle, Washington: $40,000 for the “Asset-Building for Homeless/Low-Income Urban Indians” project.
Little Earth of United Tribes, Minneapolis, Minnesota: $20,000 for the “Focusing on the Future: Leadership Development & Organizational Structure” plan.
Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties, Inc., New York: $40,000 for the “Sustaining Programs, Achieving Results through Capacity – SPARC Project.”
Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), Portland, Oregon: $20,000 for the “NAYA Volunteer Coordinator” position.
“We’re proud to announce these second-year grantees, and we look forward to supporting the exceptional projects they have planned that will greatly benefit the urban American Indians and Alaska Natives they serve,” said Montoya Whiteman of First Nations and Janeen Comenote of NUIFC, who manage the program. “We had many worthy applicants – including tremendously strong proposals from urban Indian centers inOakland, California; Chicago, Illinois; and San Antonio, Texas – but were unable to fund all of them, unfortunately.”