Grant size: $1,000-$5,000
Deadlines: November 1, 2016 and
April 1, 2017 EXTENDED! May 15, 2017 (Notification of results within 10 weeks)
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
Email to: SaraD@hafoundation.org
Mail to: Humboldt Area Foundation
Native Cultures Fund
363 Indianola Road
Bayside, CA 95524
For questions or application assistance, please contact Sara Dronkers at Humboldt Area Foundation:
SaraD@hafoundation.org or (707) 442-2993
Initiated and led by Native Peoples, NCF supports Native arts, cultural revitalization and cultural transmission between generations. Grants and regional gatherings focus on methods of building greater cultural participation in communities and learning from elders who create the cultural context for our work. Since 2000, the Native Cultures Fund has made over one million dollars in grants to over 280 community projects in rural Native communities of northern and central California.
A Native California Steering Committee provides regional cultural leadership for the program. Building upon the vision of the community leaders who designed the pilot year program in 2000, committee members define regional values, long-term goals and review grant proposals.
NCF is a program of Humboldt Area Foundation in partnership with the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Jack Montoya Memorial Fund for the Preservation of Native American Culture, individual donors, and other funders.
Humboldt Area Foundation promotes and encourages generosity, leadership and inclusion to strengthen our communities. Founded in 1972, HAF primarily serves residents of Humboldt, Trinity, Del Norte and Curry Counties, with a broader service area for certain programs such as Native Cultures Fund.
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.
Any project ideas or questions concerning Native Cultures Fund may be directed to Sara Dronkers at (707) 442-2993 or at SaraD@hafoundation.org.