Nike is focused on getting youth in Native American and Indigenous communities in North America moving through the N7 Fund — so they can lead healthier, happier and more successful lives.
Since its creation in 2009, the Nike N7 Fund has awarded more than $8 million in grants, administered by the Charities Aid Foundation of America, to more than 270 communities and organizations.
These grant recipients deliver programs and services that increase physical activity, support education and career development and provide essential healthcare needs, since Native Americans have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19:
- BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (British Columbia) works with Friendship Centres, partner organizations and government institutions to develop and improve resources that support the health, wellness and prosperity of urban Indigenous people and communities.
- Cheyenne River Youth Project (Wyoming) serves the community on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation through innovative youth programming, vital family services and educational public events and activities.
- Inter Tribal Sports (California) unifies tribal youth and communities through structured athletic programs, while providing necessary resources and developing a strong foundation in culture, leadership and wellness.
- Muscogee (Creek) Nation (Oklahoma) provides essential human services and educational opportunities to its community as a self-governed Native American tribe.
- Pine Ridge Girls’ School (San Diego, CA) aims to empower young women in the Lakota community by fostering self-respect, a love of learning and leadership qualities that will help them serve and shape their world.
- Running Strong for American Indian Youth (Virginia) helps Native American and Indigenous communities become stronger, healthier and more self-sufficient through a variety of programs — it was co-founded by Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills.
- Special Olympics Arizona (Arizona) offers training and competition opportunities in Olympic-type sports, advocacy resources, health screenings and so much more for athletes (8+ years) with intellectual disabilities.
- Wings of America (The Earth Circle Foundation, Inc.) (New Mexico) strengthens, empowers and inspires Native youth and their families through running initiatives.
- Zuni Youth Enrichment Project (New Mexico) gives youth in the Zuni community confidence, life skills, pride in their culture and positive role models through a variety of engaging activities.
- American Indian College Fund (Denver, CO) strives to increase the number of American Indians who hold college degrees by empowering students to start and stay in school, complete their degrees and launch successful careers.
- Boys & Girls Club of America (Atlanta, GA) enables Native American youth served by clubs on reservations to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.
- Central Oklahoma American Indian Health Council, Inc. (Oklahoma City, OK) provides access to quality health care and wellness services to urban American Indians living in central Oklahoma.
- The Destiny Program Corporation (Riverton, WY) offers a free (or reduced cost) fitness program for at-risk or underserved youth located on or near the Wind River Reservation.
- Ekvnv Yefolecvlke (Weogufka, AL) improves the health and wellbeing of the Maskoke community by re-introducing native plants and animals to the region and revitalizing traditional arts practices, including language revitalization and women’s medicinal practices.
- Inner City Youth Alive (Winnipeg) engages local kids — many of whom experience poverty, abuse and neglect — through quality programs, and provides a safe, active and nurturing environment to help them reach their full potential.
- National Congress of American Indians (Washington, DC) advocates for American Indian and Alaska Native rights, representing the tribes and resisting federal government pressure for assimilation.
- Native Wellness Institute (Portland, OR) provides training based in Native culture to promote the well-being of individuals, families, communities and places of work.
- Standing Rock Community Development Corporation (Fort Yates, ND) works to build a sustainable future that will empower Indigenous people to create change consistent with Lakhota and Dakhota values.
- Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas (Dallas, TX) offers culturally sensitive, community-based services to meet the needs of Native Americans living in Dallas/Fort Worth.
The N7 Fund is part of our ongoing commitment to reflect and support Native American and Indigenous Communities.
N7 began more than 20 years ago, as a business plan to support the Native American community created by Sam McCracken, who grew up on the Fort Peck Assiniboine/Sioux Reservation in Montana and is now General Manager of Nike N7. McCracken’s recognition for the impact of N7 programs includes President Barack Obama’s 2010 appointment to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Advisory Council on Indian Education and a 2020 induction into the Montana Indian Athletic Hall of Fame. His leadership also supports the Nike Native American Network’s ongoing commitment to education, visibility and representation for Nike’s Indigenous community, including a recruitment and retention strategy.
The focus of N7 and the N7 Fund continues to reflect Native American and Indigenous athletes and leaders across North America. Their insights, leadership and voice guide us to celebrate future generations and elevate the power of youth in our communities.
Apply for an N7 Fund Grant
To be eligible to receive an N7 grant, an applicant must meet all of the following requirements:
1. For U.S. applicants, you must be one of the following:
2. For Canadian applicants, you must be a non-profit entity or a registered First Nation.
3. Program must serve the Native American or Indigenous community. (No less than 90%)
4. Have a sport or physical activity focus.
5. Serve youth, ages 18 years of age and under.
Apply Now (open from 8:00 a.m. PST, March 15 — 11:59 p.m. PST, April 30)