A Journey to What Matters: Increased Alaska Native Art & Culture

Deadlines: March 1, June 1, September 1, November 1

Please see grant application for full details, requirements, processing, and more.


To perpetuate and promote the unique artistic and cultural traditions of Alaska Native peoples, The CIRI Foundation has developed the A Journey to What Matters: Increased Alaska Native Art & Culture Grant. Grant funding is available to support projects that affect and/or involve Alaska Native communities and further the following goals of The Foundation:

  • Promote intergenerational transference of knowledge of Alaska Native artistic and cultural practices.
  • Support Alaska Native Artists.

If this is your first time applying to The CIRI Foundation’s A Journey to What Matters: Increased Alaska Native Art & Culture grant program, please contact TCF in advance of the deadline to speak with us about your proposed grant project.

We especially encourage applications from rural communities in Alaska. If you need assistance with your grant application, The CIRI Foundation would be happy to walk you through the process of applying. We look forward to hearing from you!

The 2017 A Journey to What Matters: Increased Alaska Native Art & Culture investments will emphasize making project grant funds available to organizations that meet one or more of the following criteria in addition to the other items required by TCF:
* Projects based in rural Alaska;
* New applicants, or applicants with projects that have not previously been funded through the JWM grant program;
* Projects that focus on promoting or preserving Alaska Native art forms and technologies which have few practicing artists;
* Projects that include opportunities for emerging artists to work with master artists as apprentices with a goal to increase apprentice skill level.

Applicants with proposed projects that do not fit the noted areas listed above are still welcome to apply. All applicants are encouraged to contact The CIRI Foundation to discuss their proposed projects prior to submitting an application. Please contact Nadia Sethi, Program Officer, for more information.

Please note that the Journey to What Matters (JWM) grant program is focused on supporting tangible Alaska Native art traditions. While language acquisition, storytelling, dance and theater arts may be part of a proposed project, JWM grant funds may only be used for expenses associated with tangible arts. If you have questions about whether a proposed project fits within the definition of “tangible” arts, please contact TCF for clarification.

Click here to download the 2017-JWM-Project-Grant-application!