Grantmaking: Native Arts
Native art has always been integral to every aspect of tribal life. In tribal culture, art is not separate from everyday life, but rather art is the center of tribal life and everyday objects and tools are decorated beautifully with designs that perpetuate tribal identity, culture, and knowledge. This year funding priority will be given to projects from individual Native artists, Native arts organizations, or Tribal museums who are working to revitalize endangered Native art forms, practices, and knowledge through intergenerational opportunities that transfer knowledge from elders and cultural retainers to a new generation.
It is Potlatch Fund's belief that artists of Tribal and Native communities represent a highly profound role in the community. This grant supports the artist in the pursuit of his/her mastery of expression in correlation to community engagement.
The 2016 Grant Cycle is currently closed and will open on Tuesday, July 12, 2016.
- Grants will be awarded in amounts up to $5,000.
- Potlatch Fund will not provide 100% funding of project expenses.
- Organizations may only receive funding for one Potlatch Fund grant per calendar year.
- Organizations must be located, and provide services, in: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, or Montana.
Goals of the Native Arts Grant Program
- Build, support, and strengthen the capacity of Northwest Native artists and communities.
- Preserve and promote Northwest Native cultures through artistic expression.
- Share Native art with Northwest Native communities and the public through exhibits and public displays.
- Foster economic development focusing on Northwest Native artists and communities.
- Increase funds to Northwest Native-controlled groups, initiatives, and projects.
- Provide a vehicle to increase access to, and leverage funds from, other foundations.
- Revitalize the tradition of Native philanthropy: gifting, honoring, and kinship.
- Revitalize Native communities.
- Targeted emphasis on revitalizing endangered Native art forms, practices, and knowledge through intergenerational opportunities that transfer knowledge from elders and cultural retainers to other generations through master and apprentice opportunities.
Types of Projects / Programs
- Grants to individual Native artists for their projects.
- Grants to Tribes, Tribal nonprofits, and Native-led nonprofits for arts projects.
Successful Applications will Demonstrate
- Strong artistic and cultural expression that contributes to the field of Northwest Native art.
- How the proposed work will revitalize traditional or endangered Northwest Native art forms and practices including, but not limited to, basketry and fabric weaving, wood carving, beadwork, regalia making, dance, song, etc.
- How apprenticeships will encourage the sharing of cultural knowledge and techniques as well as the use of traditional materials for art expressions.
- How your artistic expression and project will impact and serve your community.
- How the proposed work will provide intergenerational opportunities to transfer knowledge from elders and /or cultural retainers to a new generation.
- That the organization/individual possesses the capacity to carry-out the proposed work.
Please note, funding is limited to our service area: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.
Learn more about applying to Native Arts grant program here.