Native Cultures Fund

Supporting California Indian culture bearers, artists, lifeways, and knowledge transmission.

Initiated and lead by Native peoples, the Native Cultures Fund is a partnership between Native Nations, the Humboldt Area Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and other donors. The program supports the transmission of knowledge between generations through the renaissance of California Native art culture, sacred sites, and language development.


Founded by California Indian leaders and Native led, the Native Cultures Fund has practiced community grantmaking and program development at Humboldt Area Foundation since 2002. Read more...


The Native Cultures Fund has two granting rounds per year, in spring and fall. Upcoming deadlines are October 15, 2018 and April 1, 2019. NCF grants are between $1000 and $10,000, with most grants falling between $1000 — $5000. Read more...


The Native Cultures Fund gratefully accepts donations of all sizes to be used to support Native cultural and community health in California. The funds go directly to Native led grants and program. Read more...


The Jack Montoya Memorial Scholarship Fund supports Native American students across California who show a genuine interest in promoting cultural revitalization to attend four year universities or graduate school. Read more...

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


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