Grant Management

Grant Management for Tribal Communities

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Program Details and Registration Information

  • Program Details
  • Who should participate
  • How to participate

Summer 2022 - TBA.
Subscribe to our Institute email list to get notified about the 2022 Career Basics dates.

Participants proceed at their own pace during their registered program dates, keeping in mind the closing date and upcoming Leadership Summit deadlines. The average curriculum completion time is 8-12 hours.


The program is free and open to self-identifying Native youth and young professionals ages 18-26 years old.


The program is online. Registrants will be sent login information to the online course.

Career Basics is designed to be most helpful for:

  • Undergraduate students in their Junior and Senior years.
  • Recent college graduates.
  • Early career professionals (0-2 years experience).
  • Individuals looking to pivot careers.

To join Career Basics, participants must:

  • Be a Native American youth/young professional between the age of 18-26 years old.
    (This includes American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, First Nations, and indigenous peoples from Central and South Americas).
  • Reside within the United States.
  • Have access to stable/consistent broadband internet connection.

Interested participants must complete a registration form to join Career Basics. Registration for 2022 will open in the Summer.

  • Your initial registration will grant you access to the online curriculum which can be accessed at
  • You will receive a course invitation from shortly after registration.
  • If you have any access issues, please email

Frequently Asked Questions

Registration and Participation Questions

Interested participants must register online. Subscribe to our email list to keep up to date about current and upcoming program and registration dates.

No. Please do not register anyone other than yourself. 

If you would like to recommend someone else for the program, send us their name and contact information at, and we will extend a personal invitation.

No, participants do not have to be from a NAFOA member tribe to be eligible to participate in Career Basics.

Please contact us at explaining your interest in Career Basics. In some circumstances, we can allow those below 18 years old or over 26 years old to participate in the program. 

However, please note, you will not be able to apply for the Leadership Summit.

You will receive a course invitation from shortly after registration.

Your registration will grant you access to the online curriculum which can be accessed at

Participants may proceed at your own page, keeping in mind program closing dates and any upcoming deadlines for the NAFOA Leadership Summit.

Typically, participants spend 8-10 hours to complete the curriculum.

Yes! We encourage all interested youth ages 18 – 26 to register in Career Basics. You can still register and participate for Career Basics during the program dates even if you are unable to attend the Leadership Summit.

General Questions

Yes. In 2019, we received good feedback from Academy participants and have improved our online youth programming. NAFOA Career Basics addresses the same principles as the Academy in a more streamlined manner.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide course materials outside of our online program platform. If you are interested in having your students participate in  Career Basics, we encourage you to ask your participants to register online and dedicate time during your program to work on the online curriculum.

Note: individuals must register for themselves using their own emails. Please do not register anyone other than yourself.

Please email for any Career Basics questions.

The Grant Management for Tribal Communities  program aims to support a tribal economic governance framework that participants can rely upon to make informed decisions that will grow and sustain tribal economies. It is a necessary and continually relevant program for both the financially successful tribes and those that need support to effectively manage federal and private funding for fundamental services. While grant funding is a large source of revenue for many tribes, there is often limited capacity building initiatives during the lifecycle of a tribal government grant.

This program will directly address capacity building by creating curriculum and resources designed to implement skills required for effective grants management and build confidence in students’ role as economic development leaders. NAFOA is committed to utilizing an integrated approach that combines onsite learning experiences that are supplemented with ongoing and relevant virtual lessons and dialogues. This approach will build knowledgeable cohorts and provide continual learning opportunities.

Intro Training: Grant Reporting Topics

NAFOA is currently offering a free virtual introductory training on grants management for tribal communities. This short-form training focuses on introductory topics to help strengthen grant reporting. The self-guided format includes pre-recorded lectures and brief quick questions to assess comprehension. The culturally competent discussions and learning objectives are designed to support those serving tribal communities.

Participants have 14 days to complete the program after enrolling. Seats are limited to 100 enrollees with an option to join the waitlist.

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