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2016/2017 Humboldt Area Foundation Native Cultures Fund Grant Cycle Now Open for Applications

The 2016/2017 Humboldt Area Foundation Native Cultures Fund grant cycle is now open for applications. This grant features community partnerships with cultural practitioners and Native artists." Grant sizes are 1,000-$5,000. The 2016 deadline is November 1 and the 2017 deadline is April 1.

Native Cultures Fund is 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:

o   Contemporary visual arts  

o   Multi-media productions 

o   Storytelling workshops

o   Radio or video productions

o   Theater productions

o   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.



To apply and learn more about the Fund’s eligibility requirements please visit or call Humboldt Area Foundation, (707) 442-2993.



About Native Cultures Fund:

Initiated and led by Native Peoples, Native Cultures Fund 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. 



About Humboldt Area Foundation:

Vera Vietor established the Humboldt Area Foundation in 1972. Since then, more than $70 million in grants and scholarships have been awarded in Humboldt, Del Norte, Curry and Trinity Counties. Humboldt Area Foundation promotes and encourages generosity, leadership and inclusion to strengthen our communities.


For more information on services provided by the Foundation please visit the Humboldt Area Foundation website at or call (707) 442-2993.


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