2014 Native Student Success convening held at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Native Student Success

Education is the key to our collective future. These grants encourage organizational learning and build capacity for Tribal communities and Native-led nonprofits to develop local solutions for important issues in Washington State and the greater Portland, Oregon region. We are looking for applicants who are interested in the development, implementation, and sharing of "best" or "highly effective" practices in your project areas and achieving your outcomes of interest.

For 2017, this grant cycle will tentatively open on Tuesday, March 28, and close on Wednesday, April 26.


  • Grant amounts to be confirmed.
  • This grant cycle is only for both project and general support.
  • Potlatch Fund will provide up to 50% of total project expenses. Example: A grant request of $25,000 must coincide with a project budget of $50,000 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.


Supporting Tribes and Native-led nonprofit organizations providing culturally relevant programs that:

  • Improve the quality and/or alignment of early learning and early elementary education for children 0-8; and
  • Engage parents, families, and elders in a way that leads to increased support of their children's education.

Supporting Tribes and Native-led nonprofit organizations providing programs in the following areas:

  • Arts, culture, and/or Native language programs that contribute to student outcomes and wellbeing.
  • Opportunities that empower students through self-directed learning and educational pathways as well as provide leadership development opportunities.
  • School-to-career pathways that provide Native students with educational opportunities, which lead to meaningful professions, including professions that contribute to - or are supportive of - their own tribal communities.

Supporting Tribes and Native-led nonprofit organizations committed to scaling/institutionalizing best practices related to:

  • Supporting late elementary (4th grade and higher) and middle school students;
  • Increasing and sustaining cultural competency of school staff and personnel;
  • Incorporating and sustaining culturally relevant and accurate representations of native history and culture into the core curriculum (example: Tribal Sovereignty Curriculum);
  • Institutionalizing efforts to high school completion and post-secondary preparation;
  • Professional development or certificate programs to strengthen the pipeline of Native educators in early learning, K-12, and post-secondary.

Please note, funding is limited to Washington State and the greater Portland area.