TCF Project Grants

The CIRI Foundation (TCF) offers project grants to non-profit organizations, tribal organizations, and individuals sponsored by a non-profit organization who are Alaska Native original enrollees of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. and/ or their lineal descendants. These grants are available to support projects that affect and/or involve Alaska Native beneficiaries of CIRI and further the education and heritage goals of TCF.

There are 3 different Project Grant Categories: Education Project Grants, Heritage Project Grants, and  A Journey To What Matters: Increased Alaska Native Arts and Culture Project Grants. Applications for project grants must be received on or before the deadline in order to be considered for funding.  There are 4 project grant deadlines a year.  Project grants require paper applications, see below. Paper applications are updated as of August 2016 with the addition of directions on how to Share Your Story for Grantees.

Which project grant category is right for you?

Applicants are encouraged to contact a TCF Team Member before submitting an application. We are happy to guide you to the correct category and application. Call (907)793-3575 or (800)764-3382 or email us at tcf@thecirifoundation.org to chat about your project idea.

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

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

Please see grant application for full details, requirements, processing, etc.

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!

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.

Check back here in January to download the 2017 application! 

 

Education Project Grants

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

Please see grant application for full details, requirements, processing, etc.

Education Project Grant funding is available to support projects that affect and/or involve Alaska Native beneficiaries of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. and further the following education goals of TCF:

  • Promote quality of learning and educational experiences for Alaska Natives from the early learning years through adulthood, recognizing the importance of lifelong learning.
  • Examine educational issues and opportunities and to identify possible solutions to eliminate those factors that hinder successful achievement by Alaska Natives in their educational pursuits.
  • Foster educational enrichment programs that improve the quality of life for Alaska Natives.

Check back here in January to download the 2017 application! 

Heritage Project Grants

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

Please see grant application for full details, requirements, processing, etc.

Heritage Project Grant funding is available to support projects that affect and/or involve Alaska Native beneficiaries of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. and further the following heritage goals of TCF:

  • Support educational projects, research and development of materials on subjects that enhance the understanding and appreciation by Alaska Natives and the general public about traditional and contemporary Alaska Native history, ethnology, anthropology, philosophy, literature, the arts and other related fields.
  • Promote enrichment programs about the cultural traditions of Alaska Natives of Cook Inlet Region, Inc. and encourage contemporary Alaska Native tradition bearers in pursuit of their works.
  • Foster the identification, preservation, curation and interpretation of traditional and contemporary Alaska Native cultural resource materials of Cook Inlet Region, Inc.
  • Encourage excellence in the development and exhibition of traditional and contemporary Alaska Native art, music, literature and other works for appreciation by the general public.
  • Conduct consultation and cooperation to protect traditional and cultural values ascribed to Alaska Native lands in the Cook Inlet Region, Inc.
  • Promote cooperation and involvement of Alaska Natives within the Cook Inlet Region, Inc. as well as with civic and private organizations to accomplish The Foundation’s heritage goals.

Check back here in January to download the 2017 application!