The Tiwahe Foundation is a resource for giving and strengthens American Indian communities by building capacity through leadership, culture, values, and vision.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant must be 18 years of age. Adults cannot apply on a minor’s behalf.
  • Applicant must be a member of a federally or state-recognized tribe, and must provide proof of tribal lineage – this includes a copy of tribal identification, enrollment or lineage documentation.
  • Applicant using a parent’s enrollment documentation must submit documentation verifying relationship between parent & applicant.
  • Applicant must reside in the seven-county metropolitan area of Minnesota: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Scott, Ramsey, and Washington Counties.
  • Past grant recipients are eligible to apply for funding 18 months after completion  of their American Indian Family Empowerment Program grant period.
  • Applicants applying under the Education Impact area must include a Financial Needs Statement.
  • Budget items should include supporting documents showing purchase estimates.

AIFEP does NOT fund:

  • Disaster relief

Grantee Commitment:

  • Attend Grantee Honoring Event to celebrate accomplishments of program recipients and supporters.
  • Submit a final report of accomplishments and expenses within one year from grant award or 60 days of completion of grant purpose.
  • Agree to share stories, photographs and/or videos.

Impact Area (examples of past awarded grants):

  • Learning Native languages (speaking and understanding) 
  • Developing kinship ties (learning from family, elders and community members) 
  • Learning traditional and cultural practices 


  • Expenses related to college degrees, certificates, vocational training, GED, and/or college entrance exams

Economic Independence

  • Employment, business, entrepreneurial opportunities and home-ownership.

Health and Wellness

  • Expenses related to improving physical and mental health initiatives 
  • Asset-based learning or business model development related to building a healthy community 
  • Work in promoting healthy food systems 
  • Work in promoting traditional tobacco vs.
    commercial tobacco
  • Work in (trauma) healing

Selection & Notification
All applicants will receive an email of notification of grant award or declination.
Application deadline submission and notification date:

Postmarked by:  March 15th — Notified by April 16th

If you have any questions about how to apply or eligibility please feel free to contact Anthony Drews at

Tiwahe Foundation