Potlatch Resilience Fund 2021

The Potlatch Resilience Fund (PRF) provides resources spanning across Native Communities in the Northwest located in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, in order to build resilience through actions that develop; safe social connections, sense of purpose, adaptation, flexibility, and hope. 

(To hear about our upcoming, soon to be announced grants focused on helping Native communities during the COVID-19 pandemic follow our feeds here.)

Direct funding supports Native-led grantees to build resilience through funding awards that create actions of resilience in Native communities.

This award program is designed to reinforce tribally-designed resilience, on Youth Development, Community Building, Language Preservation & Education, Native Arts, and Native Student Success.

The Resiliency Fund focus lies primarily on impacts associated with harmful environmental trends on— tribal communities’ human health and safety.

Native communities are being impacted by the Nation’s COVID-19 pandemic through tragic death tolls and irreplaceable loss of tribal elders who are the keepers of traditional knowledge, tribal cultures and lifeways, and Native languages.

The COVID Pandemic has shed light on the inequalities in access to basic needs, especially in systemically-targeted populations like Indigenous communities. As we move forward from COVID to post-pandemic, we need to aim for justice and build stronger communities to meet the needs of the people. The PRF seeks to protect our way of life by funding resiliency actions.

Examples of funding requests

  • Staff Employment that is on the front lines of providing vital services in their communities.
  • Communications Equipment and Technology for working and providing services virtually.
  • Continued Critical Services such as homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, veterans support, healthcare providers, food banks, etc. — to meet community needs.
  • Pandemic Response to coordinate with local service providers and state agencies to access services, supplies, and protective equipment for community members.
  • Strengthening Cultural Connectedness and Addressing Mental Health Issues among youth and elders who experience isolation due to the COVID pandemic.
  • Economic Relief for individuals and local businesses to promote long-term recovery that will save jobs.
  • Capacity Building and Leadership Development to support sustainable and effective programs and organizations.
  • Advocacy Training to enhance Native access to philanthropic funding that will help to address community needs.