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Grants to USA Tribes and Tribal Nonprofits
in Eligible States to Benefit Local Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Potlatch Fund

Deadline Date:

04/07/20 5:00 PM PDT


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Grants of up to $10,000 to USA Tribes and Tribal Nonprofits in eligible states for programs that benefit Native communities. Funding is also available for 2020 Census outreach programs. Funding is available for both project support and general support. Organizations must be located in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, or Montana.

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.


  1. Explain how the project/program will make your community stronger and healthier.
  2. Create strong and positive intergenerational and/or cross-community (nonnative and/or intertribal) networks that intentionally focus on building relationships and connecting resources to bring about positive change.
  3. Strengthen community members and/or community organizations to address root causes of social, economic, racial, and/or environmental injustice.
  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. We support organizations that are aligned with our mission. How does your organization honor the Native tradition of giving, sharing, and reciprocity by giving back to the community?

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180797

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations applying for funding must meet the following criteria:
- Be a nonprofit with current 501(c)3 status as determined by the Internal Revenue Service, or
- Be a federal recognized American Indian Tribal government agency.
- The organization must be Native-led and serve Northwest Natives.
- The organization must be located in the Washington, Oregon, Idaho or Montana.
- The organization’s mission must be aligned with the mission of Potlatch Fund.
- Organizations that have previously received a Potlatch Fund grant, may only apply if they have completed all reporting obligations.
- Applications from different departments, from within a Tribe, will be reviewed as separate organizations.
- Groups with fiscal sponsors that have 501(c) 3 status or that are fiscally sponsored by federal recognized Tribal governments can also apply.
- Potlatch Fund will not provide 100% grant funding; $1 for $1 Match is required.
- All grants will be awarded at 100% or 75%.
- Individuals can be considered only under the Native Artist Program.
- Organizations/individuals can only receive one grant award per calendar year.

Generally not funded:
- Non-Native nonprofits, academic institutions, school districts, religious organizations, governmental agencies, or any other organization that may serve Native and Tribal communities but do not meet the criteria of being a Native-led organization.
- Publications, reports, research, workshops, conferences, classes, personal travel, loans, scholarships, litigation and or attorney fees.
- Endowment funds or capital campaigns.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2020 grant cycle will open on Tuesday, March 3, and close on Tuesday, April 7, at 5:00 PM ( PDT).

Depending on the complexity of each grant program it can take around 3 months from the application closed
date to funding, to receive a notice of award/ award check.

Applicants may only receive funding for one Potlatch Fund grant per calendar year.

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:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Potlach Fund
801 Second Avenue, Suite 304
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 624-6076

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Idaho;   Montana;   Oregon;   Washington

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