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Cherokee Preservation Foundation

Grants to North Carolina Non-Profits and
Government Agencies to Benefit the Cherokee Indians

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Cherokee Preservation Foundation

Deadline Date:

12/03/12 5:00 PM


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Grants starting at $500 are available to North Carolina non-profits and government agencies in or serving the Qualla Boundary or in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon or Swain County. Initiatives must benefit the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) and address one of the following focus areas: cultural preservation, economic development, and environmental preservation.

Applicants can apply for small grants for planning, capacity building, and specific projects, or large grants for specific projects, preservation, and civic enhancement. Regional entities seeking assistance must form a collaborative partnership with the EBCI in order to be considered for support.

Small grants are as follows:

* Planning Grants are awarded to organizations interested in working with others to achieve a shared vision. The funds can be used to support planning consultants, travel, office and meeting expenses and other costs related to planning.

* Capacity Grants assist organizations with developing their internal capabilities, such as strategic planning, financial management, marketing and outreach programs, leadership development, volunteer management, etc. “Capacity” refers to the ability of a group to carry out its programs successfully.

* Project Specific Grants are awarded for programs/projects that fit at least one of the three areas of focus.

Large grants are as follows:

* Project Specific Grants are awarded to organizations for programs/projects that fit at least one the three focus areas.

* Preservation and Civic Enhancement Grants provide resources for specific projects in Cherokee communities and the seven western counties of North Carolina. Since these grants will be larger in size, and some will help fund capital projects, they present an opportunity for the Foundation to offer a “challenge” or “matching” grant. The Foundation will not fund these projects for more than half of the overall budget. All proposed grants must meet the following criteria: 1) Make a contribution to enhancing the Quality of Life of the community; 2) Have broad community involvement in the development of the project; and 3) Be available for significant community usage.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 130842

Estimated Size of Grant:

Small grants: $500 to $20,000; Large Grants: $20,000 and higher.


  • Indian tribal governments and organizations (American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native American)
  • Institutions of Higher Education; IHE(s)
  • Local Governments
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
  • Parochial Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Public Schools
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Federal government agencies

Pre-Application Information:

Grantees may receive up to one large grant and two small grants per calendar year.

Contact Information:

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

Deb Mintz

Grant Coverage Areas:

Qualla Boundary or in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon or Swain County

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina