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Native Arts Grant Program

Grants to USA Native Organizations and Individuals
in Northwest States to Revitalize Endangered Arts

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Potlatch Fund

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

08/13/19 5:00 p.m. (PDT) Receipt or Postmarked


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana nonprofit Native American organizations, tribal agencies, and individual Native artists who are working to revitalize endangered Native art forms, practices, and knowledge. Funding is intended for both project and general support.

1. Promote and preserve the identity of Native cultures through artistic expression.
2. Promote the continuation of Native art through traditional and/or contemporary forms and practices.
3. Promote the growth of artistic practice through individual and collaborative projects.
4. 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. Organizations that are aligned with the Fund's mission will be supported.

Successful Applications will Demonstrate:
- The applicant's ability to increase the visibility of art in public spaces and/or Native communities.
- How the proposed work changes or impacts their community.
- The applicant's ability to contribute to the overall success of a Native Arts cohort (offered by Potlatch Fund to complement the grant program). The cohort will provide up to 75 hours of direct training and technical assistance over 10 months in topic areas related to increasing the capacity of native artist-owned small businesses.
- 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#: 172626

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Requirements:
Eligible applicants include Tribal governments, Native 7871 organizations, Native-led 501(c)(3) nonprofits, and Native-led community organizations with fiscal sponsorship that serve the residents of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Native artists who both reside in Potlatch Fund’s four state region and are enrolled citizens of a U.S. federally or state recognized American Indian Nation, an Alaska Native Corporation, or have current documentation of Native Hawaiian ancestry.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. Be a federally recognized American Indian Tribal government agency; or
- Be a Native 7871 organization; or
- Be a 501(c)(3) Native-led nonprofit, in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service; or
- Be a Native-led organization that is fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, in good standing, as determined by the Internal Revenue Service; or Native-led organizations, that are fiscally sponsored by a nonnative 501(c)(3) nonprofit, will be reviewed case by case.
- Be a Native artist who both resides in Potlatch Fund’s four state region and is an enrolled citizen of a U.S. federally or state recognized American Indian Nation, an Alaska Native Corporation, or has current documentation of Native Hawaiian ancestry.
2. Must serve Native peoples in Potlatch Fund’s four state region.
3. Must be headquartered in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington.
4. Must have a mission that is aligned with the mission of Potlatch Fund.
5. May only receive funding for one Potlatch Fund grant per calendar year. Applications from different departments, within a Tribe, will be reviewed as separate organizations.

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

Pre-proposal Conference:

If you have questions related to application content, the Foundation highly encourages your participation in the Information Sessions listed below.

- July 25, 2019: Informational session for prospective applicants via teleconference
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Pacific time

- August 7, 2019: Informational session for prospective applicants via teleconference
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Pacific time


Pre-Application Information:

July 9, 2019: Release of “2019 Native Arts” LOI / RFP
July 25, 2019: Informational session for prospective applicants via teleconference
August 7, 2019: Informational session for prospective applicants via teleconference
August 13, 2019: Proposals due (or postmarked by) 5:00 p.m. Pacific time
Late applications will NOT be accepted for review or consideration.
October 10, 2019: Applicants notified of decisions and award checks issued
October 14, 2019: Grant activities may commence
June 10, 2020: 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:

Applicants are expected to identify other funding sources as Potlatch Fund will not provide 100% support of the project costs.

How to Submit your Proposal:
- Go to the online portal and set up an account for your organization.
- Complete a letter of inquiry (LOI). It may take Potlatch Fund staff up to two business days to review your LOI.
- Complete a request for proposal (RFP).

Grantmaking: Native Arts:
Grant information:

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply for a grant online:

If you have questions about the proposal submission process, contact: or call 206.624.6076.

Potlatch Fund
801 Second Avenue, Suite 304
Seattle, WA 98104

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Idaho;   Montana;   Oregon;   Washington