Grants from 1K-10K to support Native arts, cultural revitalization, and cultural transmission between generations.
The Native Cultures Fund is dedicated to supporting California’s original peoples, their art and cultural revitalization. Preference will be given for grants involving art created by Native artists, cultural mentorship between generations, and/or creation of California Indian cultural models that can be shared. Traditional or contemporary art projects, cultural or ceremonial projects, sacred site protection or creation, traditional foodways restoration, education and language programs are eligible. Individuals, organizations, or community partnerships may apply. Partnerships should be based on reciprocal relationships, consensus building, community resiliency, and traditional models of ownership. Oral histories and language materials must be owned by Native community members in all projects funded. Master artist or language speakers’ or cultural elders’ time should be valued at equal to or greater than other professional participants in the project. Projects should strengthen communities and support sovereignty. The following are not considered for funding: overhead costs for tribes or large organizations, scholarships, college tuition and artists working in degree programs, capacity building for organizations, and economic development.
The Native Cultures Fund supports artists, culture bearers, and educators from the Tolowa/Dee-ni’ Nation peoples near the Oregon border, inland to the Paiute and Shoshone Nations along the Nevada border, and south to the Chumash peoples of the Santa Barbara area.
Humboldt Area Foundation serves the residents of Humboldt, Trinity, Del Norte, and Curry counties by promoting and encouraging generosity, leadership and inclusion to strengthen our communities. Through the generosity of local donors, HAF has awarded more than $80 million in grants and scholarships since 1972. HAF, along with our affiliate Wild Rivers Community Foundation, focuses its grantmaking and program efforts on strengthening community capacity and transforming our communities’ ability to solve problems and address the root causes of those problems. We're committed to the following five organizational strategies: