How To Find Grants for Native Americans

There are many grants available for groups or individuals for education, businesses, housing, environment and many more. Native Americans have specific grants that address their need to build homes, attend schools or start up as well as maintain businesses. To know more about the different grants available for Native Americans continue reading below.

Educational Grants

The American Indian College Fund offers scholarships to Native American students as well as other forms of support. There are many Tribal colleges near or on reservations that offer worthy Native American students with the opportunity to take post-secondary education.

Education is at the forefront of the mission and vision of the American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC). By providing scholarships to Native Americans, they hope to encourage self-sufficiency as well as self-determination for their people. You can find a list of educational scholarships provided by AIGC for both undergraduate and graduate students including the requirements for these grants. A list of scholarships provided by other institutions is also listed in this site. has a comprehensive list of resources for Native American students looking for financial assistance. Apart from enumerating the sources of aid, you can also find the eligibility requirements for scholarships in this website.

Housing Grants

Under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is the Office of Native American Programs (ONAP). Through this office, the U.S government provides affordable safe and decent housing to Native Americans. ONAP also serves to assist Tribes in formulating plans and strategies for the Indian community's development. There are two specific housing grant programs: Indian Community Development Block Grant Program (ICDBG) and Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) Program. Visit the ONAP site for requirements and eligibility rules.

Other sources of grants

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) provides assistant to Tribal governments by issuing grant money ranging from $10,000 to $700,000. The BIA helps Native American governments to function more efficiently. You can also find grants zeroing in on fire protection offered by the BIA. is your portal for federal government grants. Search for grants specifically for Native Americans and check their application requirements.

As a free resource, Federal Grants Wire provides a list of federal grants as well as government grants and loans. Visit where you can find 382 Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Organizations Federal Grants. Click on the title of the federal grant to find out more about the program including the eligibility requirements.

Visit the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance website to find federal programs targeting Native American communities. The CFDA contains a record of several grants available for Native Americans like:

  • Tribal Work Grants
  • Improving the Capability of Indian Tribal Governments to Regulate Environmental Quality
  • Native American Programs
  • Family Violence Prevention and Services/Grants for Battered Women's Shelters_Grants to States and Indian Tribes connects the different federal agencies in order to provide individuals information regarding various government assistance programs. Begin your search by typing "Native American grants" in the search box. Click on the titles of interest to you and evaluate whether it is a grant worth applying for.

There are many different types of grants for minority groups such as the Native Americans. There are educational, housing and business related grants offered by various government agencies and private institutions. If you cannot find the right grants in the resources above, contact your Tribal leaders for more information.


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