2015 Fall Awardee Poster

Potlatch Fund is proud to support the Native Arts in Northwest Indian Country. Here is how you can help.

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Grantmaking: Native Arts

Potlatch Fund believes that the arts serve an intrinsic benefit to Native communities. The status of art and the practice of artmaking are tied to a broader social ecosystem that improves the health of our society. Native art has always been integral to every aspect of tribal life. In tribal culture, art is not separate from everyday life, but rather art is the center of tribal life and everyday objects and tools are decorated beautifully with designs that perpetuate tribal identity, culture, and knowledge.

Funding priority will be given to projects working to revitalize Native art forms, practices, and knowledge that develop a stronger sense of identity and livability of the artistic community. Your artform should utilize the cultural richness within a community and include intergenerational opportunities that transfer knowledge from elders and cultural practitioners to a new generation. This grant supports artists and arts organizations in the pursuit of building artistic appreciation that will benefit the greater community.

For 2017, this grant cycle will open on Tuesday, July 11, and close on Wednesday, August 16.


  • Grants will be awarded in amounts up to $10,000.
  • This grant cycle is for both project and general support.
  • 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:
  • Applicants may only receive funding for one Potlatch Fund grant per calendar year.
  • Applicants must be located, and provide services, in: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, or Montana.


  • Promote and preserve Northwest Native cultures through artistic expression.
  • Promote and preserve Northwest Native cultures through artistic expression.
  • Foster and strengthen the business capacity (sales / marketing / model) and/or artistic capacity of Native artists and communities.
  • Provide a means to increase access to, and leverage funds from, other foundations that support art.
  • Revitalize Native art forms and practices through intergenerational knowledge transfer opportunities such as the master and apprentice model.
  • Honor the Native tradition of giving, sharing, and reciprocity by giving back to the community.

Successful Applications will Demonstrate

  • How the proposed work integrates strong artistic and cultural expression that contributes to the field of Northwest Native art.
  • How the proposed work will impact and serve your community.
  • How the proposed work will revitalize Northwest Native art forms and practices including, but not limited to, basketry, weaving, carving, beadwork, regalia making, dance, song, etc.
  • How apprenticeships will encourage the sharing of cultural knowledge and techniques and provide intergenerational learning opportunities.
  • The applicant's ability to access resources (e.g., philanthropic funds, volunteers, in-kind donations of materials and supplies) from other sources.
  • The applicant's ability to carry out the proposed work (e.g., adequate staff and/or volunteers, partnerships, etc.).

Please note, funding is limited to our service area: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.