American Indian Family Empowerment Program Fund (AIFEP)
The American Indian Family Empowerment Program Fund (AIFEP) is a grant-making project of the Tiwahe Foundation, which awards grants to individuals working to be of service to their community, connected to their culture, and to have their potential realized.
Throughout its history, AIFEP has invested in human capital — in the skills, resources, and cultural strengths that American Indian families and individuals possess that allow them to contribute to the cultural and social wellbeing of their community. Since its inception, the AIFEP Fund has made nearly 800 grants totaling more than $1.4 million to grantees.
What AIFEP Funds
AIFEP supports an individual or family in pursuit of professional, educational, or cultural opportunities. Grants range from $500 to $2,500.
AIFEP Focus Areas
Goal 1 — Connecting to Our Culture
To preserve and renew Native cultural connections through learning traditional and cultural practices. (Native Language, connecting to ceremonies, learning and teachings from elders, beading, regalia, drum making, etc.)
Goal 2 — Educational Attainment
Support to attain college degrees, certificates, vocational training, GED, college entrance exams, learning of trades and related expenses
Goal 3 — Economic Sufficiency and Development
Support for Employment, business, entrepreneurial opportunities and related expenses. (Small micro business support, equipment needs for school or business, support for trainings and tools, asset building goals)
AIFEP Fund Grant Review Process
Step 1 — Eligibility
The Tiwahe Foundation staff review and process all AIFEP grant applications checking to ensure that individuals meet our funding requirements and applications are complete.
Step 2 — Correspondence
The Tiwahe Foundation staff will follow up with applicants to confirm the receipt of the application.
Step 3 — Review & Final Selection
The Tiwahe Foundation AIFEP Fund Grant Committee will review each application and make funding recommendations. These recommendations are presented to the Board of Directors for final approval.
Step 4 — Board Approval and Grant Awards
The Tiwahe Board of Directors will approve final grants at the Winter, Spring, and Fall board meetings. A grant agreement will be sent and must be sent back to Tiwahe for grant disbursement.
The grant process from application due date to board approval can be from 4-6 weeks.