Native Cultures Fund

The Native Cultures Fund (NCF) supports Native arts, cultural revitalization, and knowledge transmission between generations with interest in healing historic trauma. The program serves a 50-county region in California and has awarded over $1.7 million in direct grants to over 305 community-led projects.

The NCF makes grant awards between $1,000 and $10,000 to 3-10 projects in each of two annual grant cycles each year. Deadlines for these grants are May 1 and October 1. Grants are made to individuals, community partnerships, and to nonprofit organizations. These grants are made possible in partnership with the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Jack Montoya Memorial Fund.


The counties within the granting region are:

Northwest: Del Norte, Siskiyou, Trinity and Humboldt

Northeast: Modoc, Lassen, and Plumas

Central Coast: Mendocino, Lake, Sonoma. Napa, Marin, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Alameda, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, San Benito, and Monterey

Central Valley: Shasta, Tehama, Glenn, Butte, Sutter, Yuba, Yolo, Sacramento, El Dorado, Solano, Amador, San Joaquin, Calaveras, Stanilsaus, Tuolumne, Merced, Mariposa, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Kern, and Tulare

Eastern Sierra: Sierra, Nevada, Placer, Alpine, Mono, and Inyo


To apply for an NCF grant, see our list of available grants

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