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Grants to Alaska Nonprofits, Tribal Organizations, and Educational
Institutions to Improve Education in Eligible Regions

Education Project Grants

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The Cook Inlet Region (CIRI) Foundation (TCF)

Deadline Date:

11/01/21 - Received by date.


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Grants to Alaska nonprofit organizations, tribal organizations, and governmental educational institutions to improve education in eligible regions. Priority areas include increasing the quality of education, identifying issues, and creating enrichment programs. Grantee programs must directly impact or involve Cook Inlet Region, Inc. original enrollees and/or their lineal descendants. Priority will be given to grant applications submitted by organizations located within the geographic boundaries of the Cook Inlet region of Alaska.

In 1989 and again in 2001, The CIRI Foundation Board of Directors broadened its scope of interest in education beyond the promotion of post-secondary education and career development to include concerns for education from the early years through adult learning. Education Project Grant funding is available to support projects that affect and/or involve Alaska Native beneficiaries of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. and further the following education goals of TCF:

  • Promote quality of learning and educational experiences for Alaska Natives from the early learning years through adulthood, recognizing the importance of lifelong learning.
  • Examine educational issues and opportunities and to identify possible solutions to eliminate those factors that hinder successful achievement by Alaska Natives in their educational pursuits.
  • Foster educational enrichment programs that improve the quality of life for Alaska Natives.

For further application guidelines, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 128374

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Foundation usually considers grant amounts up to $6,000, but the award amount may be more if funding is available.

Term of Contract:

- Grant awards are effective for the approved project period.
- Requests for changes to the Project timeline, budget, or scope must be submitted in writing to The CIRI Foundation for consideration. If the requested change is approved, The CIRI Foundation will send a written response making note of this change within thirty days of receipt of the request.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Education Project Grant applications may be submitted to The CIRI Foundation by:
1. Nonprofit organizations that have received an IRS determination of Section 501(c)(3) status and classification as public charity, including but not limited to cultural centers and museums, but not including any non-functionally integrated Type III supporting organization;
2. Tribal organizations that appear in the current Federal Register list of Native entities within the State of Alaska that are federally recognized and eligible to receive services from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs, with preference given to organizations located within the Cook Inlet region;
3. Qualified nonprofit or tribal organizations as described above as sponsors of individuals who are selected solely by the applicant organization using objective and nondiscriminatory criteria, and who are original enrollees to Cook Inlet Region, Inc. and/or their lineal descendants;
4. Governmental educational institutions such as public schools, including state institutions of higher learning

Individuals are not eligible to apply for or receive grants, but an eligible organization may apply as a sponsor for an individual (as described under Eligibility) where the organization is solely responsible for the financial administration of the grant and for the selection and oversight of the individual.

The CIRI Foundation Does Not Fund the Following:
- The Foundation does not provide grants for endowments, buildings, or equipment, nor does it give loans.
- Funding shall not be considered for projects that have been completed prior to action on the proposal by The Foundation Board of Directors.
- Foundation grants are not to be treated as conduits for re-granting of funds (example: travel or scholarships).
- Grants cannot be made to other private foundations.
- Funds may not be used for lobbying or propaganda efforts to influence legislation of any type.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines: March 1, June 1, September 1, November 1.

- Applications must be received by The CIRI Foundation by the stated deadlines to receive consideration. Late applications will not be considered for the deadline.
- Upon receipt of a proposal, The Foundation will send the applicant an acknowledgment letter via email/mail, which may contain questions and/or requests for additional documents.
- Complete Education Project Grant Proposals will be submitted to The CIRI Foundation Board of Directors at the next scheduled board meeting after the application deadline. The CIRI Foundation Board of Directors usually meets three times a year.
- The Foundation Board of Directors will usually make decisions on proposals within 30-60 days following each Project Grant application deadline.
- Notification letters will be sent to the applicant within 5-10 business days of Board action.

Please see grant application for full details, requirements, processing, and more (in Supporting Documents, below).

All applicants are encouraged to contact The CIRI Foundation to discuss their proposed projects prior to submitting an application. Please contact TCF and ask for the Project Grant Program Assistant for more information.

The CIRI Foundation may consider a project more than once if there is a significantly different component described in repeat applications.

Preference will be given to Education Project Grant proposals that demonstrate the ability to obtain at least a one-to-one funding match.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

The CIRI Foundation
3201 C Street, Suite 506
Anchorage, AK 99503
907.793.3575 or Toll-free at 800.764.3382
Fax: 907.793.3585

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