Potlatch Fund Grantmaking Program
Potlatch Fund’s mission is to inspire and build upon the Native tradition of giving and to expand philanthropy within Tribal nations and Native American communities in the Northwest. Since 2005, Potlatch Fund has re-granted over $1.8 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.
Now in its fourth year, Native Student Success continues to support Tribes and Native nonprofit organizations providing culturally relevant programs that improve the quality and/or alignment of early learning and early elementary education for children 0-8 and engage parents, families, and elders in a way that leads to increased support of their children’s education. Grants may also be awarded to programs that contribute to student outcomes and wellbeing, provide opportunities that empower students, and include school-to-career pathways that provide native students with educational opportunities.
Whether residing on a rural reservation or within a large metropolitan area, nurturing a sense of community to essential to Native people. We support community projects or 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 injustice in Northwest Native communities. This year funding priority will be given to community projects or programs that provide leadership opportunities for Native youth.
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.
With the help of a new donor we are excited to offer this grant cycle in support of language preservation and documentation efforts, educational enrichment and after school Native youth programming, and the professional development of Native educators. This initiative is important because we know that Native languages provide connections to our culture, history, and traditions and yet, with only limited numbers of fluent speakers, too many of our communities are at risk of losing their language. This grant fund also supports the advancement of Native educators and Native youth programming to foster the inclusion of cultural identities in educational environments.
All canoes funded by Potlatch Fund either have a strong roster of youth pullers or are comprised of Native Elders and leaders advocating for cultural preservation through sharing their knowledge. Furthermore, the canoes that Potlatch Fund support are drug and alcohol free, follow traditional protocol, instill a sense of Native pride, incorporate language and environmental teachings, provide leadership training, and have youth based educational elements.
Please note, there will not be a 2015 grant cycle under InterTribal Canoe Journey. Canoe Families may choose to apply under Community Building if they have a project taking place during the 2015 calendar year.