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Healthy Pathways for Native Youth Grant Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Tribes in Eligible
States for Programs that Support Native Youth

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Potlatch Fund

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

02/14/18 Postmarked or Due by 4:59 PM PT


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Idaho Tribal governments, Native organizations, Native-led nonprofits, and Native-led community organizations for programs that benefit Native youth. Funding is intended for new or existing programs that will provide Native youth the leadership skills to strengthen their resiliency, cultural identity and awareness, increase positive engagement in their community and promote healthy choices and lifestyles.

Specific program goals:

- Provide access to participation in traditional cultural activities to help build leadership skills, knowledge, cultural awareness and engagement within and beyond their community (for example: canoe journeys, rites of passage, connecting with the land and traditional ecological knowledge, and summer culture camps).

- Create strong and positive networks that include Elders, peers, extended family, and community members who are invested in supporting and mentoring Native youth.

- Build youths' inner resilience and strength to resist drug and alcohol abuse, depression and suicide, and the adverse effects of intergenerational poverty through participation in traditional culture.

- Honor the Native tradition of giving, sharing, and reciprocity by giving back to the community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179004

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will be awarded in amounts up to $10,000. Applicants do not need to request the maximum amount of $10,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include Tribal governments, Native 7871 organizations, Native-led 501(c)(3) nonprofits, and Native-led community organizations with fiscal sponsorship that serve the residents of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, or Montana.

*Potlatch Fund defines “Native”, “Native American”, “Alaskan Native” and “Native Hawaiian” as follows:

- 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.
- Be a member of a federally recognized or a state-recognized American Indian Tribe.

Potlatch Fund defines Native-led 501(c)(3) nonprofits and Native-led community organizations 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.

Please Note: Applicants that have previously received a Potlatch Fund grant, may only apply to this grant cycle if they have completed all past reporting obligations.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

- Be a federally recognized American Indian Tribal government agency; or
- Be a Native 7871 organization; or
- Be a 501(c)(3) Native-led nonprofit, in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service; or
- Be a Native-led organization that is fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, in good standing, as determined by the Internal Revenue Service. Native-led organizations, 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 headquartered 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. Applications from different departments, within a Tribe, will be reviewed as separate organizations.

Important: Going forward applicants that receive three years of consecutive funding must sit out one year. Count will start with 2018 grant awards.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational session for prospective applicants via teleconference on January 24, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific time and February 7, 2018 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Pacific time.

RSVP by emailing the contact below.

Pre-Application Information:

Click here for more information about eligibility:

Application Process:

The 2018 grant cycle is currently open and will close on Wednesday, February 14, at 4:59 p.m. Pacific Time.

The first step in applying is to complete a letter of inquiry (LOI), which should take no longer than five minutes to complete. It may take Potlatch Fund staff up to two business days to review your LOI. You will be notified whether to submit a formal application.

Click on the links in the Supporting Documents section below to download the LOI, RFP, and FAQs documents.


- January 9, 2018: Release of “2018 Healthy Pathways for Native Youth” LOI / RFP
- January 24, 2018: Informational session for prospective applicants via teleconference
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Pacific time [RSVP]
- February 7, 2018: Informational session for prospective applicants via teleconference
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Pacific time [RSVP]
- February 14, 2018: Proposals due (or postmarked by) 4:59 p.m. Pacific time
- Late applications will not be accepted for review or consideration.
- April 12, 2018: Applicants notified of decisions and award checks issued
- April 30, 2018: Grant activities may commence
- December 12, 2018: Final report due

Matching Requirements:

The Potlatch Fund requires a 1:1 match. “Matching” funds are defined as cash in hand, finances or monetary resources that are from additional sources. To promote the sustainability of the project, Potlatch Fund asks that all applicants contribute an equivalent to at least 50% of funds (cash) to contribute to the costs to accomplish the purpose of the grant. Cash match is either the grantee’s own funds or contributions that may come from other grant sources. An In-kind match are contributions goods and services that were donated to the project by others.

Contact Information:

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

Click here to apply online:

Please email Potlatch Fund and RSVP for the teleconferences at

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Idaho;   Montana;   Oregon;   Washington