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California Tribal Fund - COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliency Grant

Grants to California Tribes and Nonprofits
to Support Operations During COVID-19

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Foundation / Corporation

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First Nations Development Institute (First Nations)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

11/20/20 5:00 PM Pacific Time


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Grants of up to $10,000 to California Tribes and nonprofit organizations to support operations during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. The purpose of this program is to help support efforts for recovery and resilience in tribal communities. Funding is intended to support projects in California-based Native communities with priority being given to organizations and projects that currently work to support Indigenous control over food, water, languages, traditional ecological knowledge, and land within their respective tribal communities.

Organizations are encouraged to utilize this unrestricted, general operations funding as they see fit to address recovery and resiliency efforts in the tribal communities they serve. General operations grants can support grantees in a number of ways. Grantees may utilize grant funding to cover day-to-day activities or ongoing expenses such as administrative salaries, utilities, office supplies, technology maintenance, technology purchases, and professional development.

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

  • Support for rent and utilities
  • Support for employee and Board training related to hosting of virtual webinars and meetings
  • Support for new software systems and technological training to support virtual meetings and webinars
  • Support for capacity building including creation or revision of policies and procedures, strategic planes, etc.
  • Support for program related cultural bearers’ honorariums or stipends
  • Purchase of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for staff and participants

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 192892

Number of Grants:

First Nations expects to award 8 to 10 general operating support grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Total requests for project budgets within this funding opportunity should not exceed $10,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period for this funding opportunity will commence January 1, 2021 and end December 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations eligible to apply include California-based, Native American-controlled, nonprofit 501(c)(3), tribal organizations, and Native §7871 organizations.

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

Examples of unallowable activities under this funding opportunity include:
- Capital construction projects (which includes the construction, purchase, renovation, and/or furnishing of facilities)
- Scholarships or tuition assistance
- Films, television and/or radio programs
- Endowments
- Development campaigns
- Funding for individuals
- Purchase of Real Estate
- Support of lobbying activities or drafting legislation
- Support of litigation

Pre-proposal Conference:

First Nations Development Institute will hold two informational webinars to discuss the RFP process and address any questions on the following dates:

Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 1 to 2 pm Pacific Time
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Monday, November 9, 2020, 3 to 4 pm Pacific Time
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These Q&A sessions will provide an opportunity for applicants to ask questions about the application, selection criteria, guidelines, or other related questions. Participation is NOT mandatory; however, applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in one or both of the calls.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals will be due Friday, November 20, 2020, no later than 5 pm Pacific Time.

First Nations has compiled a number of free resources related to the grant writing process. Whether you are a small organization new to grants or an organization with extensive experience, these resources will help with development of your application to First Nations. Please see to access First Nations’ free grant-writing resources.

Contact Information:

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


Should you have any additional questions about the call for applications or this specific funding opportunity, please contact Rebecca Tortes by email at or by phone at 303-774-7836.

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 requested at least two weeks in advance of the application deadline by submitting an email request to Please include your name, organization, contact information and the name of the funding opportunity for which you are applying. 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.

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