Grants to Alaska Nonprofits, Schools, and IHEs
for Projects in Native Arts, Culture, and Education
for Projects in Native Arts, Culture, and Education
Foundation / Corporation
The CIRI Foundation (TCF)
Grants up to $6,000 to Alaska nonprofit organizations, schools, colleges, cultural centers, and museums for projects in native arts, culture, heritage, and education. First-time applicants should contact the Foundation before applying. Priority will go to applicants in the Cook Inlet area. Applicants from rural communities are encouraged.
There are three grant categories:
A Journey to What Matters: Increased Alaska Native Art and Culture Grant - funding is available to support projects that:
- Promote intergenerational transference of knowledge of Alaska Native artistic and cultural practices.
- Support Alaska Native Artists.
Education Project Grant funding is available to support projects that:
- 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.
Heritage Project Grant funding is available to support projects that:
- Support educational projects, research, and development of materials on subjects that enhance the understanding and appreciation by Alaska Natives and the general public about traditional and contemporary Alaska Native history, ethnology, anthropology, philosophy, literature, the arts and other related fields.
- Promote enrichment programs about the cultural traditions of Alaska Natives of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. and encourage contemporary Alaska Native tradition bearers in pursuit of their works.
- Foster the identification, preservation, curation and interpretation of traditional and contemporary Alaska Native cultural resource materials of Cook Inlet Region, Inc.
- Encourage excellence in the development and exhibition of traditional and contemporary Alaska Native art, music, literature and other works for appreciation by the general public.
- Conduct consultation and cooperation to protect traditional and cultural values ascribed to Alaska Native lands in the Cook Inlet Region, Inc.
- Promote cooperation and involvement of Alaska Natives within the Cook Inlet Region, Inc. as well as with civic and private organizations to accomplish The Foundation’s heritage goals.
For the Education and Heritage Projects, the Foundation usually considers grant amounts up to $6,000, but the award amount may be more if funding is available.
Grantees should plan to complete their project within 12 months of the project start date, unless the project is a multi-year grant.
Applications may be submitted to The CIRI Foundation by:
- Nonprofit organizations (including but not limited to schools, colleges, cultural centers, and museums, however, TCF is unable to provide funding to private foundations);
- Tribal organizations;
- Alaska Native individuals who are sponsored by a non-profit organization.
The CIRI Foundation may consider a project more than once if there is a component of it that is significantly different.
Please note that the Journey to What Matters (JWM) grant program is focused on supporting tangible Alaska Native art traditions. While language acquisition, storytelling, dance and theater arts may be part of a proposed project, JWM grant funds may only be used for expenses associated with tangible arts. If you have questions about whether a proposed project fits within the definition of “tangible” arts, please contact TCF for clarification.
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.
If this is your first time applying to The CIRI Foundation’s A Journey to What Matters: Increased Alaska Native Art and Culture grant program, please contact TCF in advance of the deadline to discuss your proposed grant project. All applicants are encouraged to submit their application early and call The CIRI Foundation to discuss project ideas prior to submission.
Preference will be given to grant proposals that demonstrate the ability to obtain at least a one-to-one funding match (cash or in-kind support).
Please note that eighty percent of grant funds may be released at the beginning of the project start date. The remaining twenty percent of the funds will be released after sufficient progress is shown at the mid-project check in.
- March 1
- June 1
- September 1
- November 1
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.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Register and apply online:
Phone: (907) 793-3575
Toll-Free: (800) 764-3382
The CIRI Foundation
3600 San Jeronimo Dr., STE 256
Anchorage, AK 99508
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