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.

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.

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:

  • Increase inter-generational transference of knowledge of Alaska Native artistic and cultural practices.
  • Increase access to and awareness of Alaska Native art through training, education and access, and capacity building strategies for organizations and individuals.
  • Support Alaska Native Artists.

Click here to apply: “2016 Journey to What Matters: Increased Alaska Native Arts and Culture” Paper 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.

Click here to apply: “Education Project Grant” Paper 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 The Foundation:

  • 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.

Click here to apply: “Heritage Project Grant” Paper Application