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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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Potlatch Fund

Deadline Date:

04/09/19 5:00 PM PT


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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. Funding is intended for both project support and general support, and proposals are welcome for the current funding cycle for programs that aim to build awareness around the 2020 Census within Tribal communities.

Whether residing on a rural reservation or within a large metropolitan area, nurturing a sense of community is essential to Native people and their identity. The Fund supports organizations and community programs that impart values, histories, and knowledge across generations to make our communities stronger and healthier. They are particularly interested in supporting initiatives that address the root causes of social, economic, racial, or environmental issues. The Fund believes that communities inherently have a wealth of knowledge to address their own issues, given adequate resources. The well-being of individuals and community-based organizations are integral to the well-being of a community as a whole. Ideally, this program is envisioned to increase the capacity of individuals, organizations, and communities.

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations applying for funding must meet the following criteria:
- Be a nonprofit with current 501(c)3 status as determined by the Internal Revenue Service, or
- Be a federal recognized American Indian Tribal government agency.
- The organization must be Native-led and serve Northwest Natives.
- The organization must be located in the Washington, Oregon, Idaho or Montana.
- The organization’s mission must be aligned with the mission of Potlatch Fund.
- Organizations that have previously received a Potlatch Fund grant, may only apply if they have completed all reporting obligations.
- Applications from different departments, from within a Tribe, will be reviewed as separate
- Groups with fiscal sponsors that have 501(c) 3 status or that are fiscally sponsored by federal recognized Tribal governments can also apply.

Potlatch Fund defines “Native”, “Native-led”, and “Native American” as follows:
1. Any individual is defined as a member of any federally or officially State recognized Indian Tribe, or an individual certified as Indian by an Indian Tribe.
2. 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,
3. Or, any Indian group currently seeking State or Federal recognition.

Individuals can be considered only under the Native Artist Program.

Generally not funded:
- Non-Native nonprofits, academic institutions, school districts, religious organizations, governmental agencies, or any other organization that may serve Native and Tribal communities but do not meet the criteria of being a Native-led organization.
- Publications, reports, research, workshops, conferences, classes, personal travel, loans, scholarships, litigation and or attorney fees.
- Endowment funds or capital campaigns.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2019 grant cycle will open on Tuesday, March 5, and close on Tuesday, April 9, at 5:00 p.m. (PDT).

Potlatch Fund will not provide 100% grant funding; $1 for $1 Match is required.
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.

Applicants may only receive funding for one Potlatch Fund grant per calendar year.

To estimate the standardized per-hour dollar value of volunteer time that may be reflected in your project budget, please see:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

If you think that you or someone at your organization has already registered in the system, do not create a new account. Please contact Potlatch Fund at to receive your username and password.

801 Second Avenue, Suite 304
Seattle, WA 98104

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Idaho;   Montana;   Oregon;   Washington