Funds available through AIFEP for COVID related hardships

Tiwahe Foundation received a grant from the MN Disaster Recovery Fund that allows us to provide funding to the Twin Cities American Indian community to meet critical needs in response to the COVID crisis. With this additional funding, we will double our grantmaking in the Twin Cities American Indian community in 2020. This includes funding grants in our ongoing focus areas (education, economic self-sufficiency, culture, and health and wellness) and also addressing COVID-related basic needs of our community such as food, housing, caregiving costs, etc. For a short time, we are increasing the maximum AIFEP grant amount to $5,000 (it’s usually $2,500). American Indian who live in the Twin Cities (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, and Washington counties) are encouraged to apply.

The Oyate Network Alumni are also invited to apply for grants up to $5,000 to address needs in their American Indian community. Only individuals who participated in a Oyate Network Cohort Training are eligible to apply. Alumni must have a 501c3 nonprofit organization identified as a fiscal sponsor in order to receive the grant.

  • Funds can help students pay their loans and stay in school.
  • Funds can address family issues by reclaiming traditional Tribal values of health and wellness.
  • Fund can help individuals who are suffering income loss.
  • Tiwahe Foundation will increase the amount of grants to $5,000 (from a current level of $2,500)
  • The Family Empowerment Program’s service area is the Twin Cities region of Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Scott, Ramsey, and Washington Counties.
  • The Oyate Leadership Network is open to all American Indians living in Minnesota. It is not limited to individuals who are enrolled in one of the 11 Tribes in the state.