First Quarter Grants 2023

During the first quarter of 2023, the Northwest Area Foundation approved 20 grants worth $2,633,230.

Our grantmaking supports organizations building social, racial, and economic justice—helping communities within our region of eight states and 76 Native nations thrive on their own terms. They’re advancing long-overdue change in deep connection with the land they inhabit and communities they serve—Native Americans, communities of color, immigrants, refugees, and people in rural areas.

We include grants of $10,000 or more in the list below. For information on grants of less than $10,000, please visit our grants database.

Descriptions of highlighted grants appear in our quarterly grants blog — Q1 Grantmaking Spotlight: Grantees Fuel Justice in AAPI and Latino Communities


Centro Latino of Iowa of Council Bluffs, IA, received $75,000 to support its citizenship, legal, and human services programming for the Latinx community.
Grant term: Feb. 1, 2023 – Jan. 31, 2024

Lower Phalen Creek Project of St. Paul, MN, will receive $300,000 over two years to support its internal operations as it continues to grow and prepare for management of the Wakan Tipi Center.
Grant term: Jan. 1, 2023 – Dec. 31, 2025

Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) of Portland, OR, will receive $1,050,000 over three years to support continued efforts to expand programming, complete community projects, and maintain momentum in making a cultural corridor on its Cully neighborhood campus.
Grant term: March 1, 2023 – Feb. 28, 2026

New Venture Fund of Washington, DC, as fiscal sponsor for AAPI Civic Engagement Fund of New York City, will receive $750,000 over three years to support cultural reclamation, organizing, and advocacy in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.
Grant term: March 1, 2023 – Feb. 28, 2026

Plenty Doors Community Development Corporation of Crow Agency, MT, will receive $450,000 over three years to support staff salaries for positions or work outside the scope of its federal awards. Grant funds may also support strengthening internal operations through accounting and budgeting support from a local CPA firm, and annual audits.
Grant term: April 1, 2023 – March 31, 2026