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 fall of 2017. In the meantime, Terry Supahan, a Karuk Tribal member, is serving as the interim Director of NCF. Awards will be decided by an all-Native review committee.