Grant Program

Community Partnerships with Native Artists Grant Program

Grant size:            $1,000-$5,000

Eligible Areas:      Urban and rural communities of California from the Tolowa/Dee-ni’ Nation peoples near the Oregon border, inland to the western Nevada border, and south to the Chumash peoples of the Santa Barbara area.

 Deadlines:            November 1, 2016 and April 1, 2017 (Notification of results within 10 weeks)

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 Mail to:                  Humboldt Area Foundation, Native Cultures Fund

363 Indianola Road, Bayside, CA  95524

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Program Background:

Initiated in 2000, the Native Cultures Fund at Humboldt Area Foundation supports the cultural revitalization of Native art, artists, culture, and inter-generational mentorship among Native people throughout much of Native California. Since its inception, more than $1 million in grants has been awarded to over 285 community-led projects in 52 counties. With the support of the Hewlett Foundation, and thanks to the Jack Montoya Memorial Fund for the Preservation of Native Cultures, the Native Cultures Fund is looking at expanding both grantmaking and scholarships to Native students.


At the request of the HAF board, we are currently researching the future role and potential expansion of NCF with the Native community, and anticipate concluding that process and hiring new staff in early 2017.  In the meantime, Terry Supahan, a Karuk Tribal member, is serving as the interim Director of NCF.  Grant applications are due November 1, 2016 and April 1, 2017, and will be decided by an all-Native review committee.   

Grant Criteria:

This is a Fund dedicated to supporting California’s original peoples, their art and revitalization of culture.  Preference will be given for grants involving (1) new art created by Native artists, (2) cultural mentorship between generations, and/or (3) creation of a cultural model that can be shared. Everything from traditional art and culture to contemporary art projects or programs are eligible. Individuals or community partnerships may apply.

Examples of eligible art:

  • Contemporary visual arts  
  • Multi-media productions 
  • Storytelling workshops
  • Radio or video productions
  • Theater productions
  • Sacred sites rehabilitation or construction.

A partnership may consist of members of one cultural group or it may involve an inter-tribal, inter-cultural or urban-rural collaboration. The project must occur within the service area. Partnerships should be based on reciprocal relationships, consensus building and cultural models of ownership. Oral histories and language materials cannot be owned by the professional artists in community partnerships.

The following are not considered for funding: overhead costs for Tribes or large organizations, scholarships, college tuition and artists working in degree programs, capacity building, and economic development.


Notifications of grant awards will be given no later than 60 days after the deadline date. Emailed or faxed applications are not accepted.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and there are no extensions of the proposal deadline.    




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