Kalliopeia Foundation Grant
Grants to USA Nonprofits for Programs that Protect Native
American Culture and Preserve Ecological Resources
American Culture and Preserve Ecological Resources
Foundation / Corporation
Grants ranging from $5,000 to $35,000 to USA nonprofits to strengthen and protect Native American cultures, to support underserved communities, to preserve environmental resources, and for media projects that focus on current critical issues. Funding is available for both general operating and project support.
The grant-making areas under this fund are: Spiritual Ecology, Indigenous Cultures, Soul in Society, and Media.
Funding is given to organizations whose work supports a way of life that is in harmony with the earth as a living whole. Priority is given to projects that are joining ecological renewal with the awareness of the sacred within creation, and offer practical solutions in response to the current environmental crisis.
Spiritual Ecology is an emerging field that calls for responses to environmental issues that include spiritual awareness and/or practice. Spiritual Ecology is rooted in the understanding that resolving such complex issues as depletion of species, climate change, and over-consumption, requires examining and reassessing our underlying attitudes and beliefs about the earth, and our spiritual as well as physical responsibilities toward the planet. The Foundation is interested in projects from a wide range of fields and focus areas, including but not limited to: agriculture, ecology, law, and medicine.
Kalliopeia will fund organizations led from within Native American communities that protect and strengthen their lifeways and worldviews. Kalliopeia values projects that are safeguarding traditional knowledge, cultivating culturally-grounded leadership, and revitalizing and preserving Indigenous languages.
The majority of grant support goes to several Native-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit grantmaking organizations who distribute funds to a broad range of mostly grassroots projects throughout the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. Native-led means that the focus is on supporting projects whose leadership and governance are primarily Indigenous. Grants are not made directly to federally recognized tribes or IRS section 7871 tribal organizations.
Soul In Society
Kalliopeia supports organizations across all aspects of society that are restoring respect for human dignity within our systems and institutions. Kalliopeia values projects that offer practical tools for social and personal transformation, especially for underserved communities.
Kalliopeia tends to focus on segments of society that have been marginalized or underserved, and have supported work with prison rehabilitation, veterans, education, at-risk youth, medicine, leadership, and rites-of-passage.
Please note Kalliopeia is not making new grants for work with currently or formerly incarcerated populations within the Soul in Society program area. Kalliopeia continues to provide support to current grant partners in these fields.
Funding is for media projects that tell stories in support of the mission and grantmaking program areas. Good storytelling has the power to connect people to universal values. Stories are an integral component of how we respond to the critical issues of our time. Funding is available for both traditional and emerging media projects that can be used as tools to inspire and effect change.
Project support grants are made for media projects that have a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or a 501(c)(3) nonprofit fiscal sponsor. Grant amounts range from $5,000 to $75,000, depending on the size and reach of the project. Many types of media are supported, including but not limited to: feature documentary films, short documentary films, television, radio, podcasts, print (primarily digital), photography, and multimedia projects. Film projects already in production must have reached the stage where selected scenes, trailers, teasers, etc., can be reviewed.
First-year grants range from $5,000 to $35,000.
Media grants range from $5,000 to $75,000.
Kalliopeia supports 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in the United States that are working domestically. Organizations with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit fiscal sponsor are also eligible to apply.
The Foundation does not support capital improvement campaigns, research, or book publishing.
Kalliopeia also does not support:
- Individuals (even with a fiscal sponsor)
- Private non-operating foundations
- Organizations outside the US
- Large, institutional nonprofits (with the exception of an internal program that may not be otherwise funded, for example within a university)
For Indigenous Cultures grants:
The majority of grant support goes to several Native-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations who distribute funds to a broad range of mostly grassroots projects throughout the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. Native-led means that Kalliopeia focuses on supporting projects whose leadership and governance are primarily Indigenous. Kalliopeia doesn't make grants directly to federally recognized tribes or IRS section 7871 tribal organizations.
Kalliopeia will fund religious or faith-based organizations if the content of the proposed work furthers the mission and program values and happens to be faith-based. General support for a particular religious or spiritual institution or community would not be eligible.
The Foundation accepts grant proposals by invitation only. Applicants must submit a Letter of Inquiry. Selected inquiries will be scheduled for review at one of the three letter of inquiry review meetings held each year. If your work is a good fit for Kalliopeia, they may invite you to submit a full proposal.
See link for more information: http://kalliopeia.org/how-to-apply/#loi
Letter of inquiry submission due dates for 2017:
Submit by January 9, 2017, for the February review meeting.
Submit by June 30, 2017, for the August review meeting.
Link to FAQs: http://kalliopeia.org/faq/
More about the grantmaking areas: http://kalliopeia.org/grantmaking-areas/
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
LOIs must be emailed and mailed to the Kalliopeia Foundation:
Teresa Marmorella, Office Operations and Grants Manager
Mailing Address: PO Box 151020, San Rafael, CA 94915
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