Native Cultures Fund Grants


The Native Cultures Fund convenes a committee to make granting decisions twice a year, in spring and fall. Current deadlines for consideration are
April 1 and October 15. 

NCF grant funding is between $1,000 and $10,000, with most grants falling between $1,000 - $5,000.

Grants can be made to individuals, non-profits, community partnerships, or Tribal Nations. They are made to projects that reflect the transmission of knowledge across generations, based in 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 Chumash territory in the south, and to the Paiute Nations in  the east.

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

Download: The Native Cultures Fund application (.pdf)
Please ensure you download the file before you begin to complete it.
f you have trouble with the PDF version of the application, please contact the NCF team to assist you.

The application can be returned via email, in PDF formatting, to

or, via postal mail to Native Cultures Fund, postmarked by due date to:
Native Cultures Fund
363 Indianola Rd
Bayside, CA  95524

Inquiries about the grantmaking process or for assistance, please reach out to our team at or 707.267.9906

Questions about projects and ideas are welcome, email or call us any time.


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 California Native culture and interest in strengthening every California Native community, please email us at


Some of our recent grantees

Nuumu Beaded Collar Class led by Cheyenne Stone

A Food Sovereignty project led by the Clear Lake Pomo Cultural Preservation

Mewuk Basketry Class led by Jennifer Bates

Noqsi - The Paxiiwovem Canoe Family Guiding "Star" led by L Frank

Advocacy and Water Protection led by Save California Salmon

Wilton Rancheria Restoration Documentation

Maidu Independent Theater led by Alan Wallace

Karuk Elk Film Project led by Emilio Tripp

Gluts project led by Cho-kik Builders

Sheltering Inspiration led by Heyday Institute

Mutsun Language Project led by Quirina Geary

Kai Pomo Jahnoo, a project on language, led by Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo Indians

Nisenan Language led by Wanda Enos Batchelor

Southern Sierra Miwuk Ceremonial Cycle 

Roundhouse Maintenance Project

Arrahi Pa'Pah; returning the Dugout Canoe to the Upriver People led by the Nature Rights Council

kontadung yiduk, a language project rooted in nature, led by Native Health in Native Hands

Mak Noono Tiirinikma: Our Language Wakes Up, Chochenyo language project led by the Sogorea Te Land Trust

The Native Mural Project led by the Eureka Street Art Festival

The Basics of Dentalium Cape Making led by Marlette Grant Jackson

Pugwihuu Gathering

Wintu Village Project led by the NorRel Muk Wintu Nation

Presentations of Menil and Her Heart and Douk led by Playhouse Arts and Native Women's Collective

Cyclical Herbs, a project focused on traditional medicines, led by Ruby Tuttle

The Yurok Boys and Girls Club led by the Yurok Tribe

"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

Nii~-lii~-chvn-dvn Sheslh-'i~ (sweathouse at the dance grounds) led by the Tolowa Nee-dash Society

Quartz Valley Indian Reservation Basketry Project

 "Young Lady Dancers" Cultural Class led by Kaleena Stone

Native language learning flashcards led by Lyn Risling with Heyday Books

Salinan dictionary led by David ShaulSüsüadüümü Tanagadü

Construction of the Yurok Blue Creek Ah Pah Village led by Willard Carlson

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

Resighini Rancheria men's traditional sweathouse

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

“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 grantees are doing work that is ceremonial, and therefore private nature.
We respect their traditions and do not ask for photos or share information publicly about their important work.

 Ka’m-t'em Photography Project

This project was supported by the Jack Montoya Fund and involved cultural mentorship between generations by creating an opportunity for youth to work with an elder, a photographer, a book chapter author, and the book editors. The mentor photographer and authors guided youth in the process of capturing Indigenous knowledge through photography. 


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