First Nations Development Institute (FNDI) has awarded over $1 million through its Emergency Response Fund. Having long worked with Indigenous leaders and communities in solving their own problems, FNDI has directed its efforts and philanthropic relationships toward providing grants and essential supplies to people across Indian Country who have been hit hard by COVID-19.
“Our job is just to be a vehicle to get funds quickly to people on the ground fighting the good fight.”
As part of an ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic and the long-term impact it will have throughout Indian Country, First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) today announced its fourth round of Emergency Response Fund grants. This round brings the total amount of grants awarded to $1,083,000 to 71 organizations (including in Alaska and Hawaii) to help them respond to the needs of their communities, provide emergency supplies, and sustain operations. 100% of funds raised through the fund are being directed to Native organizations, without withholding administrative fees or overhead.
In addition, First Nations has coordinated the donation of over 21,000 gallons of water and over 14,000 pounds of USDA-certified meat, along with PPE, directly to Indian communities. Funding and donations have gone to Native nations and organizations hit hard by COVID-19, including to the Cherokee Nation, Navajo Nation, and Hopi Tribe.