Native Arts Grant Program
Grants to USA Native Organizations and Individuals
in Northwest States to Revitalize Endangered Arts
in Northwest States to Revitalize Endangered Arts
Foundation / Corporation
08/16/17 11:59 PM PT Receipt or Postmarked
Grants to Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana nonprofit Native American organizations, tribal agencies, and individual Native artists who are working to revitalize endangered Native art forms, practices, and knowledge.
Proposals should address the following goals:
1. Promote and preserve the identity of Native cultures through artistic expression.
2. Promote the continuation of Native art through traditional and/or contemporary forms and practices.
3. Promote the growth of artistic practice through individual and collaborative projects.
4. Potlatch Fund's mission is to expand philanthropy within Tribal Nations and Native Communities in the Northwest by inspiring and building upon the Native tradition of giving. Organizations that are aligned with the Fund's mission will be supported.
1. The applicant's ability to increase the visibility of art in public spaces and/or Native communities.
2. How the proposed work changes or impacts their community.
3. The applicant's ability to contribute to the overall success of a Native Arts cohort (offered by Potlatch Fund to complement the grant program). The cohort will provide up to 75 hours of direct training and technical assistance over 10 months in topic areas related to increasing the capacity of native artist-owned small businesses.
4. The applicant's ability to access resources (e.g., monetary funds from other partners, volunteers, in-kind donations) from other sources.
5. The applicant's ability to carry out the proposed work (e.g., adequate staff and/or volunteers, partnerships, etc.).
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be a federally recognized American Indian Tribal government agency;
- Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, in good standing, as determined by the Internal Revenue Service; or
- Be a Native-led group that is fiscally sponsored by a federally recognized American Indian Tribe, an authorized 7871 organization, or a Native-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit, in good standing, as determined by the Internal Revenue Service. Native-led groups, that are fiscally sponsored by a nonnative 501(c)(3) nonprofit, will be reviewed case by case.
- Must serve Native peoples in Potlatch Fund’s four state region.
- Must be located in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, or Montana.
- Must have a mission that is aligned with the mission of Potlatch Fund.
- May only receive funding for one Potlatch Fund grant per calendar year.
Note: Applications from different departments within a Tribe will be reviewed as separate organizations.
Organizations that have previously received a Potlatch Fund grant, may only apply to this grant cycle if they have completed all past reporting obligations.
Organizations must be a Tribe, Tribal nonprofit, Native-led nonprofit* that serve the residents of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, or Montana; or have fiscal sponsor that is a Tribe, Tribal nonprofit, or Native-led nonprofit* that serve the residents of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, or Montana.
*Potlatch Fund defines “Native”, “Native-led”, and “Native American” as follows:
- Any individual is defined as a member of any federally or officially State-recognized Indian Tribe, or an individual certified as Indian by an Indian Tribe;
- Any federally recognized Indian Tribe, Band, Nation, Alaska Native Village, or organized group or community or Indian group that has been formally recognized as a Indian Tribe by the State legislature, a State commission, or another similar organization vested with the State legislative Tribal Recognition Authority; or
- Any Indian group currently seeking State or Federal recognition.
Potlatch Fund defines “Native-led” nonprofits or groups as follows:
Any group or organization that demonstrates a board of directors and staff that are representative of the community to be served. Two-thirds (2/3) of the total board of directors and two-thirds (2/3) of the staff shall be Native American as defined above.
Generally not funded:
- Non-Native nonprofits, academic institutions, school districts, religious organizations, governmental agencies, or any other organization that may serve Native and Tribal communities but do not meet the criteria of being a Native-led organization.
- Publications, reports, research, workshops, conferences, classes, personal travel, loans, scholarships, litigation and or attorney fees.
- Endowment funds or capital campaigns.
Prospective applicants are invited to attend the informational sessions via teleconference taking place on August 9, 2017, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM PT
RSVP to the email address in Contact Information below.
Potlatch Fund will not provide 100% grant funding; $1 for $1 Match is required.
All grants will be awarded at 100% or 75%.
Organizations may only receive funding for one Potlatch Fund grant per calendar year.
- July 11, 2017: Release of “2017 Native Arts” RFP
- July 26, 2017, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM PT: Informational session for prospective applicants via teleconference
- August 9, 2017, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM PT: Informational session for prospective applicants via teleconference
- August 16, 2017: Proposals due (or postmarked by) 11:59 PM PT
- October 12, 2017: Applicants notified of decisions and award checks issued
- October 13, 2017: Grant activities may commence
- June 13, 2018: Final report due
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP for an informational session.
Register and apply for a grant online:
Mary Kummer, Makah
206-624-6076 x 10
801 Second Avenue, Suite 304
Seattle, WA 98104
USA: Idaho; Montana; Oregon; Washington
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