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Grantmaking Program

Since 2005, Potlatch Fund has re-granted over $3.4 million in the support of tribes, tribal nonprofits, Native-led nonprofits, Native artists, and Native initiatives in our four state service area of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.

2017 Grant Cycle Project Support /
Program Support
General Operations /
General Support
Healthy Pathways
for Native Youth
Yes No
Community Building Yes Yes
Native Student Success No Yes
Language Preservation
and Education
Funding to complete a community language assessment
Native Arts Organizations Yes Yes
Native Arts Individuals Yes Yes

What is the difference between project support / program support and general operations / general support? A project, or program, has a specific start and end date together with predetermined outcomes. General operations, or general support, is funding to strengthen the organization's overall operations and is not tied to a specific project/program.

Language Preservation and Education

This grant cycle is currently OPEN.
It will close on Wednesday, June 14.

In 2017, Potlatch Fund is embarking on a three-year grant strategy to increase the capacity of Language Preservation and Education Fund grantees. It is our desire to fund the development of language transfer systems and we will offer grants that support this goal. Grant support will be offered for: community language assessments (2017), development of a strategic plan (2018), and the implementation of the strategy (2019). Successful grantees can apply in subsequent years but are not required to complete all three years. Grantees that do not conduct the Potlatch Fund community language assessment tool in 2017 will be required to submit another current survey as an equivalent. [Learn More]

Native Arts

For 2017, this grant cycle will open on Tuesday, July 11, and close on Wednesday, August 16.

Potlatch Fund believes that the arts serve an intrinsic benefit to Native communities. The status of art and the practice of artmaking are tied to a broader social ecosystem that improves the health of our society. 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. [Learn More]

Healthy Pathways for Native Youth

This grant cycle is currently CLOSED.

Through this initiative, Potlatch Fund will provide grant support to summertime projects that share our vision of investing in Native youth as our current and future leaders. We seek new or existing programs with the important goal of providing Native youth the leadership skills to strengthen their resiliency, cultural identity and awareness, increase positive engagement in their community and promote healthy choices and lifestyles. This initiative will support Native youth in their transformation from childhood to young adulthood by providing resources to their home communities as they equip the youth with cultural knowledge that builds resilience, leadership, health and wellness. [Learn More]

Community Building

This grant cycle is currently CLOSED.

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. We support organizations and community programs that impart values, histories, and knowledge across generations to make our communities stronger and healthier. We are particularly interested in supporting initiatives that address the root causes of social, economic, racial, or environmental issues. We believe 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. [Learn More]

Native Student Success

This grant cycle is currently CLOSED.

Education is the key to our collective future. These grants encourage organizational learning and build capacity for Tribal communities and Native-led nonprofits to develop local solutions for important issues in Washington State and the greater Portland, Oregon region. We are looking for applicants who are interested in the development, implementation, and sharing of "best" or "highly effective" practices in your project areas and achieving your outcomes of interest. [Learn More]