American Indian Family Empowerment Fund Grantees Report Back

The AIFEP fund is celebrating 20 years of direct micro grants to American Indians this year! The fund has awarded nearly 800 grants in the areas of preserving and renewing Native cultural connections, educational achievement and economic self-sufficiency. This month, Tiwahe Foundation is sharing three stories of grants made under Goal 3: Economic Self-Sufficiency.


John Boyd received funding under Goal 3: Economic Self-Sufficiency.

His grant helped support his internship teaching in Red Lake in 2015. John writes, “The financial support was helpful during this experience in Red Lake and I was able to obtain teaching tools for my future classroom. I am so thankful for this grant to help me reach my dreams of becoming an educator.”


Daryl Alkire received funding under Goal 3: Economic Self-Sufficiency.

He received a grant to purchase art supplies, raw materials and fees for the Spring and Fall St. Paul Art Crawls. Daryl writes, “As a result of this grant I was able to maximize exposure of my art to a larger audience and make sales, which I have never done before.”


John Other Medicine, Jr. received funding under Goal 3: Economic Self-Sufficiency.

His grant supported his need for computer equipment, software and marketing in 2012. As a result of the grant, John writes, “It has brought me closer to economic self-sufficiency.” An accomplished photographer, John writes, “In my photography I have started photographing Native American culture.”

Please Help us with our AIFEP GRANTS IMPACT STUDY

Tiwahe Foundation is embarking on an evaluation/impact study of the American Indian Family Empowerment Program! Over the next year, we’ll be working with a great team to study the grant-making program. We are looking to connect with grantees to collect stories of how the grant impacted their lives.

If you, or someone you know, was a grantee of the fund during the last 20 years, click this link to update us with your contact information.