The Native Cultures Fund has two grant rounds per year, in spring and fall, with current deadlines April 1 and October 15. NCF grant funding is between $1000 and $10,000, with most grants falling between $1000 — $5000.
Grants can be made to individuals, non-profits, Tribes, or community partnerships. They are made to projects that reflect California Indian culture, art, values, and traditional practices. We define culture in the broadest possible way: As the foodways, languages and cosmologies, ceremony, sacred sites, sports, architecture, arts, teachings and knowledge systems, stories, music, dance, land stewardship, hydrology, maritime traditions and much more that are indigenous to California.
The Native Cultures Fund serves the area from the Tolowa Dee-Ni' nation in the north, to the Paiute Nations to the east and down to Chumash territory in the south.
Grants are not made to support capacity of large organizations, for economic development, or for projects not rooted in California tribal cultures.
How to Apply
The Native Cultures Fund application can be downloaded here.
The application can be returned via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or, via mail to Native Cultures Fund, postmarked by due date to
Native Cultures Fund
c/o Humboldt Area Foundation
363 Indianola Rd
Bayside, CA 95524
Inquiries about the grantmaking process should be directed to email@example.com.
Questions about projects and ideas are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Decision Makers
NCF Grant and scholarship decisions are made by committees of California Indian culture bearers from across the 50-county region of California. Committees change each season so many of the cultures we serve can be represented. Committees are made up of three to five people with a balance of gender, age, geographic representation, and cultural expertise. Having grantmakers come from the traditions that we support is integral to the fabric of the Native Cultures Fund. If you would like to serve on a committee or would like to nominate someone who has deep knowledge of their own culture and interest in strengthening every California Native community, please email us at email@example.com.
Some of our recent grantees
"A K'amt'em Moment" capturing Indigenous knowledge through photography led by Dr. Kishan Lara-Cooper.
Follow the Smoke gathering led by the California Indian Basketweavers Association
Karuk elk film project led by Emilio Tripp
Nii~-lii~-chvn-dvn Sheslh-'i~ (sweathouse at the dance grounds) led by the Yolowa Nee-Dash Society
Quartz Valley Indian Reservation Basketry Project
Süsüadüümü Tanagadü "Young Lady Dancers" Cultural Class led by Kaleena Stone
Native language learning flashcards led by Lyn Risling with Heyday
Salinan dictionary led by David Shaul
Mak Noono Tiirinikma: Our Language Wakes Up, Chochenyo language project led by the Sogorea Te Land Trust
Construction of Blue Creek Yurok Ah Pah Village led by Willard Carlson
Maidu Independent Theater led by Alan Wallace
Family Language Program led by the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival
Research and creation of Chumash woven feather dance belts led by Leah Mata Fragua
Hide Tanning Educational Project led by Warner Mountain Indian Health, Fort Bidwell
Klamath Sentinels Sculpture Project led by Brian D. Tripp with the Mid Klamath Watershed Counil
Resighini Rancheria men's traditional sweathouse led by Resighini Rancheria
“Stories from Our Past” storytelling collection project in Hoopa led by Judith Surber
Transmission of Native Arts, Culture, and Traditional Plants led by the Bishop Paiute Tribe
Many of our other grantees are doing work that is of a ceremonial, and therefore private nature. We respect their traditions and do not ask for photos or share information publicly about their important work.