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Community Building Grant

Grants to USA Tribes and Native-led Nonprofits
in Eligible Western States to Benefit Local Communities

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Foundation / Corporation

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Potlatch Fund

Conf. Date:

04/04/18

Deadline Date:

04/11/18 4:59 PM PT

Description:

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Washington, Oregon, Idaho, or Montana Tribes, Tribal Nonprofits, or Native-led nonprofits for community benefit projects and general support. An LOI must be submitted, and applicants must be invited to submit a full application.

Grantmaking goals include:

- Explain how the project/program will make your community stronger and healthier.
- Create strong and positive intergenerational and/or cross-community (non-native and/or inter-tribal) networks that intentionally focus on building relationships and connecting resources to bring about positive change.
- Strengthen community members and/or community organizations to address root causes of social, economic, racial, and/or environmental injustice.
- 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. Potlatch Fund supports organizations that are aligned with its mission. How does your organization honor the Native tradition of giving, sharing, and reciprocity by giving back to the community?

Successful Applications will Demonstrate:

- How the proposed work will increase capacity
a) At the organizational level (general operations support).
b) At the community level (project/program support).
- How the proposed work will be sustained after the terms of the grant have been completed.
- The applicant's ability to access resources (e.g., monetary funds from other partners, volunteers, in-kind donations) from other sources.
- The applicant's ability to carry out the proposed work (e.g., adequate staff and/or volunteers, partnerships, etc.).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180797

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will be awarded in amounts up to $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant activities may commence on June 11, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include Tribes, Tribal Nonprofits, or Native-led nonprofits* 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 serves the residents of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, or Montana.

Potlatch Fund defines “Native”, “Native-led”, and “Native American” 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” 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.

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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Information sessions will be held for prospective applicants via teleconference:

- March 21, 2018: Informational session for prospective applicants via teleconference 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Pacific time
- April 4, 2018: Informational session for prospective applicants via teleconference 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Pacific time

RSVP to the email address in Contact Information below.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- March 6, 2018: Release of “Community Building” LOI / RFP
- March 21, 2018: Informational session for prospective applicants via teleconference 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Pacific time
- April 4, 2018: Informational session for prospective applicants via teleconference 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Pacific time
- April 11, 2018: Proposals due (or postmarked by) 4:59 p.m. Pacific time
- June 7, 2018: Applicants notified of decisions and award checks issued
- June 11, 2018: Grant activities may commence
- February 6, 2019: Final report due

Potlatch Fund will provide up to 50% of total project expenses.

Example: A grant request of $5,000 must coincide with a project budget of $10,000 or more. Grantees are allowed and encouraged to consider in-kind donations of volunteer time, materials and/or supplies.

To estimate the standardized per-hour dollar value of volunteer time that may be reflected in your project budget, please see: https://www.independentsector.org/volunteer_time

Eligibility Requirements:
http://potlatchfund.org/grants/community_building_RFP.html

Application Process for New Applicants:

1. Go to the online portal and set up account for your organization, which should take NO longer than ten minutes to complete.
2. Complete a letter of inquiry (LOI), which should take NO longer than five minutes to complete. Click here to preview the LOI. It may take Potlatch Fund staff up to two business days to review your LOI.
3. Complete a request for proposal (RFP).

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

Contact Information:

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

Register and complete the LOI online:
https://www.grantinterface.com/common/logon.aspx?eqs=ULUxrLEqb2yQTedDM6i43ugqfwnqpwL60

To RSVP for an orientation or for questions, email grants@potlatchfund.org or call 206.624.6076.

Seattle Office:
801 2nd Avenue, Suite 304
Seattle, WA 98104

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Idaho;   Montana;   Oregon;   Washington