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TCF Update 12.4.18 Re: Post Earthquake

As you know, due to the earthquake on Nov. 30 and the subsequent damage to The CIRI Foundation’s (TCF) office, TCF has not been able to operate for the past few days. TCF has now established a temporary office space at CIRI’s Fireweed Business Center located at 725 E. Fireweed Lane Anchorage, Alaska 99503.

TCF has set up limited and basic operations in a first floor conference room.  TCF has remote access to our email, online application system and TCF’s main phone line. TCF is working hard to process received applications and documents.  TCF team members are responding to your emails as quickly as possible. We ask that you be patient with us as we work to assist you under challenging circumstances.

At this time, TCF is not set up to assist applicants in-person. We ask that you submit documents directly to your online TCF application. For any paper applications, you can email documents to the webmail.  This will help TCF process documents in the quickest and most efficient manner. If you must email documents, know those documents will take longer to be processed.

December 1, deadline extension: The December 1, 2018 deadline has been extended until Friday, December 7, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Alaska Time for all scholarship and grants offered at the regular December 1 deadline. Please submit your application ASAP to be considered. Please keep in mind that our office will be closed at 5:00 p.m. on December 7, and we will be unable to assist applicants or approve new user accounts after that point.

Updates will be provided via our website and Facebook.

Holiday Office Closure

Our office will be closed December 24 through January 1st for the holiday season, reopening
for business on January 2.

TCF wishes you and your family a safe and happy holiday season!

Applicants can access their online applications and submit documents during this closure. Questions and application documents received via TCF’s webmail will be processed when TCF reopens. 

Individual scholarship & vocational grant award decisions for the December 1, 2018 deadline will be made the
third week of January.

Who We Serve

The mission of The CIRI Foundation is to promote individual
self-development and economic
self-sufficiency through education and maintain pride in culture and heritage among Alaska Natives who are original enrollees of
Cook Inlet Region and
their descendants

The CIRI Foundation also administers
a variety of village and tribal scholarships and grants.

Norval Nelson,
Montana State University

Our Application Period is Now Open!
This huge booklet contains information from selecting a school to finding an internship. It also includes hundreds of scholarship opportunities across many disciplines- the focus is on Native students, so you do not need to be affiliated with CIRI to benefit from this book.

Click here to download!
In compliance with Federal law, your application’s information will not be released to another party, including parents or family members, without specific written consent. A general release of information consent is in effect until revoked in writing. Please note, however, that applicants must submit a new information request form with each application they wish to have TCF share information in order for TCF to utilize updated documents.
Stories from Previous TCF Recipients
Receiving funding from The CIRI Foundation has given me so many opportunities and helped me get to where I am today. Schooling can be stressful on its own, and having financial support helps to ease some of that stress.
The support of The CIRI Foundation scholarship will help me achieve these goals with less student debt, allowing me to focus on writing and giving me greater latitude to pursue opportunities educating others.
The folks at The CIRI Foundation have offered me advice, support and friendship, even after my educational goals had been reached. My advice is to take full advantage of the resources that are available to you.
Stories shared by TCF recipients, project grant participants, and those impacted by TCF.

Project Grant Funding Opportunities

The next project grant deadline is
March 1, 2019
Project Grants

Start with the goals of each program, and consider whether your project will impact the beneficiaries of The CIRI Foundation (CIRI original enrollees and their direct lineal descendants) or Alaska Native people
more generally.

Your organization may be eligible to apply for more than one grant program.

Project Grant Resources
Alaska Native Artist Resource Workbook

The Alaska State Council on the Arts, in partnership with The CIRI Foundation, is pleased to provide the Alaska Native Artist Resource Workbook to assist Alaska Native artists in furthering their artistic careers. Please contact ASCA for more information about the workbook and upcoming artists professional development workshops scheduled across the state.

Grant Writing Handbook

The purpose of this Grant Writing Handbook is to offer suggestions and clarify the process of writing a grant proposal for arts funding. It is adapted from the First Peoples’ Cultural Council of British Columbia to provide information and resources specific to Alaskan artists. We are grateful for this partnership enabling us to increase our resources to perpetuate and promote the unique artistic and cultural traditions of Alaska Native peoples!

Contact The CIRI Foundation

Photo Courtesy of CITC


Due to earthquake damage, The CIRI Foundation is temporarily located at the CIRI Fireweed Business Center.

725 E. Fireweed Lane, Anchorage, AK 99503

We are not equipped to accommodate walk-in guests. Please contact us by email or phone for assistance.

Our Hours

8 AM to 5 PM AKST
Monday through Friday

Contact Us

Phone: (907) 793-3575
Toll-free: (800) 764-3382


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