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Project Grant - A Journey to What Matters (JWM): Increased Alaska Native Art & Culture

Grants to Alaska Nonprofits, Tribal Organizations, Individuals
to Promote Indigenous Culture in the Cook Inlet Region

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The CIRI Foundation (TCF)

Deadline Date:

11/01/18

Description:

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Grants to Alaska nonprofit organizations, individuals sponsored by a nonprofit, and tribal organizations to promote indigenous heritage in the Cook Inlet Region. First-time applicants are asked to contact program staff prior to applying. The purpose of this program is to promote and perpetuate the cultural and artistic traditions of Alaska Native peoples.

The goals of The Foundation’s A Journey to What Matters grant program are as follows: Promote intergenerational transference of knowledge of Alaska Native artistic and cultural practices Support Alaska Native artists

About The CIRI Foundation:

The CIRI Foundation was established in 1982 by Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI). The mission of The CIRI Foundation (TCF) is to promote individual self-development and economic self-sufficiency through education and to maintain pride in culture and heritage among Alaska Natives.

The primary goal of TCF is to promote the educational and career development of Cook Inlet Region, Inc.’s original enrollees and descendants through post-secondary education scholarships and grants, research and other related educational programs.

The second goal of TCF is to perpetuate the cultural heritage of Alaska Native peoples through programs and projects that will enhance appreciation and understanding of Alaska Native cultures among all people.

A Journey to What Matters - Increased Alaska Native Art & Culture Grant:

The heritage of Alaska’s indigenous people – Yup’ik, Inupiat, Aleut/Alutiiq, Athabascan, Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian – is rich in diversity and represents traditions that span more than 12,000 years of history.

In order to perpetuate and promote the artistic and cultural traditions of Alaska Native peoples, The CIRI Foundation developed the A Journey to What Matters: Increased Alaska Native Art & Culture (JWM) grant.

The goals of The Foundation’s A Journey to What Matters grant program are as follows: Promote intergenerational transference of knowledge of Alaska Native artistic and cultural practices Support Alaska Native artists

Please note that the JWM grant 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.

All applications for A Journey to What Matters must comply with the following guidelines:
-The grant shall further The Foundation’s A Journey to What Matters: Increased Alaska Native Art & Culture Goals.
-Grantee programs must directly impact or involve Alaska Native people and communities.
-Grantees must agree to administer the “Artist Pre-program Evaluation Survey” to all artists who participate in a JWM-funded project.

The goals of The Foundation’s A Journey to What Matters grant program are as follows:
-Promote intergenerational transference of knowledge of Alaska Native artistic and cultural practices
-Support Alaska Native artists

Grant applications are reviewed based upon the following criteria:
1. Appropriateness of the grant proposal to The Foundation’s Goals and Grant Guidelines.
2. Need for the Project in the field of Alaska Native art and culture perpetuation.
3. Involvement and direct impact upon Alaska Native communities.
4. The extent to which the Project impacts the targeted audience.
5. The extent to which the Project impacts the general public.
6. Clarity of purpose.
7. Realistically defined tasks to achieve the Project’s goals and objectives.
8. Demonstration of available funds that support the project. The CIRI Foundation generally prefers not to be the “first dollars” in to a Project.
9. Feasibility of Project budget and timeline.
10. Innovation of Project plan.
11. Appropriate and clearly stated Project evaluation plan that shows impact vs. only statistics.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179357

Term of Contract:

Grantees should plan to complete their project within 12 months of the project start date, unless the project is a multi-year grant.

The CIRI Foundation may consider a Project more than once if there is a component of it that is significantly different.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The CIRI Foundation (TCF) offers project grants to nonprofit organizations, tribal organizations, and individuals sponsored by a nonprofit organization who are Alaska Native original enrollees of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. and/or their lineal descendants.

A sponsoring organization must have an Internal Revenue Service tax exempt status or equivalent status. An applicant who is an individual must be sponsored by a nonprofit organization willing to take financial responsibility for the individual applicant’s project.

Grant applications may be submitted to The CIRI Foundation by:
-Nonprofit organizations (including but not limited to schools, colleges, cultural centers and museums. Note however, TCF is unable to provide funding to private foundations);
-Tribal organizations;
-Alaska Native individuals who are sponsored by a nonprofit organization.

Especially encouraged are applications from rural communities in Alaska.

Applicants with proposed projects that do not fit the noted areas listed above are still welcome to apply.

Not Funded:
-The Foundation does not provide grants for endowments, buildings, equipment, or 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.

Pre-Application Information:

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).

If this is your first time applying to The CIRI Foundation’s A Journey to What Matters: Increased Alaska Native Art & Culture grant program, please contact TCF in advance of the deadline to speak with us about your proposed grant project.

All applicants are encouraged to contact The CIRI Foundation to discuss their proposed projects prior to submitting an application.

Applications must be received by The CIRI Foundation by the stated deadlines to receive consideration.

Deadlines for A Journey to What Matters: Increased Alaska Native Art & Culture Grant Proposals are:
-March 1
-June 1
-September 1
-November 1

The Foundation Board of Directors will make decisions on proposals usually within 30-60 days following each Grant application deadline.

Notification letters will be sent to the applicant within 5-10 business days of Board action.

Project Categories:
http://thecirifoundation.org/project-grant-applications/

A Journey to What Matters: Increased Alaska Native Art & Culture:
http://thecirifoundation.org/a-journey-to-what-matters-project-grant-application/

Contact Information:

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

The CIRI Foundation
3600 San Jeronimo Drive, Suite 256
Anchorage, Alaska 99508-2870

Phone: 907.793.3575
Toll Free: 800.764.3382
Fax: 907.793.3585
tcf@thecirifoundation.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska: Cook Inlet Region