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2022 GRANT OPPORTUNITY

Power of Ceremony & Healing

Opens June 6, 2022 |  Closes July 14, 2022 @ 5pm PST  | Awards of $5,000

Na’ah Illahee Fund and Potlatch Fund have partnered in a collective giving campaign to bring forward the Power of Ceremony & Healing Grant to help bring unity to our people by providing support to those that lift up our people culturally and spiritually.

Ceremony is vital to Native health, the seed for healing the people:  spiritually, socially, emotionally, physically and mentally. It plays a critical role in Native people’s lives by connecting us to our traditions, languages, songs, beliefs, ancestors and healing ways. Since, the Na’ah Illahee Fund (NIF) & Potlatch Fund support the development of strong, positive Indigenous identity, this grant will support work led by culture keepers and healers to help make our people whole again. NIF & Potlatch Fund will support Native healing by providing support to those individuals who are leading ceremonies whether they are Smokehouse Lead Workers/Caretakers, Longhouse Lead Workers/Caretakers, Bundle Keepers, Song Carriers, Sundance Leaders, Sacred Tobacco Ceremony Leaders and those who make ceremonial gear: traditional makers of cedar hats,drums, rattles, regalia, caskets and other traditional items for ceremony purposes (those who sell nothing commercially).  In Way of Life teachings (based on the Medicine Wheel) passing is part of our way of life and is as valid as anything that we do when we are alive.

As Native people we know that we need to heal ourselves before we can help others.  Ceremony provides the place to heal through prayer, use of our indigenous languages, connecting to the land, reviving our culture, and supporting one another. One of the beautiful aspects of our younger generation is they are not ashamed to speak up and say, “We don’t know, can you teach us?”  Now is the time to pass on these teachings before our knowledge keepers cross over. For this and many other reasons, together we plan to support the power of our Native Ceremony & respect the healing it brings through offering this grant.

WHAT WE SEEK TO SUPPORT

We seek to fund Indigenous/First Nations individuals who dedicate their time leading ceremonies in Indigenous communities.  Big House or Longhouse Leaders will need to name the house on the application and apply for the one main house where they are the lead worker/caretaker.

We intend these funds to be spent on what you need to run the ceremony you lead in your community.  We trust our people who are awarded will use the funds in the way they know best to support their community.

Na’ah Illahee Fund will host one virtual gathering of the recipients of this grant to connect with each other.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?

Applicants must be located in the greater Northwest region: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming and British Columbia, and are eligible for funding under this program.

  1. Indigenous Individuals, Alaska Natives or First Nation Individuals with Tribal Affiliation

*For NIF, Indigenous includes anyone who holds tribal affiliation/identifies with Indigenous nations in North, Central, or South America or identifies as Native Hawaiian.

WHAT TYPES OF GROUPS ARE WE UNABLE TO SUPPORT?

We are passionate about our beliefs and we want to be sure that the organizations that we support match our ethics.  As a result, our Power of Ceremony grant does not provide grants to:

  • Groups that practice or promote racism, sexism, homophobia, or any form of oppression or exploitation of other humans or the natural world
  • Promote or support violence, aggression, or oppression or any infringement on other people
  • Are not making an effort to be environmentally responsible
  • Are connected to political parties, political rallies or otherwise partisan in their work

HOW DO YOU APPLY?

Applications are submitted via our online granting system or platform called Submittable.  Submittable is an online platform that you can pull up on your phone or computer and it is a free service to applicants. Please go to www.Submittable.com to create an account, then fill out the step-by-step application.

Through Submittable we ask for your basic contact information: leader's name, what is your tribe, address, and contact information.

To save you time during the application process, we suggest you prepare answers to those questions in a document in advance to think your answers through, then when you apply in Submittable it easily allows you to copy and paste into your application.  Most questions allow the space  for 300-500 words to discuss in your words.  Please take the time to thoroughly explain your life’s work – we truly want to hear.  Questions you can expect: “What ceremony do you lead?”, “What does that mean to you?”, “What ceremony was transferred or sanctioned to you?”, “By whom was this right transferred?”, ”What tribal community do you serve?”, “What is the traditional language used in the ceremony?” and for the budget information we will ask for a general breakdown.  We understand that access to online platforms can be its own form of exclusivity. If you need to fill out an application in writing, by email, or by phone please contact the Grants Program Officer.

HOW DO WE MAKE DECISIONS?

  • Applications must be submitted by the Indigenous applicant
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • This grant aimed to lift up those ceremony leaders who provide healing for their community
  • Preference will be given to leaders who are passing critical knowledge from elders to youth
  • Aim to support those populations with little or no access to financial resources in hard-to-reach places

Grantees are eligible to receive one Na’ah Illahee Fund grant award per calendar year, as we wish to empower as many Native communities as possible. Grantees receiving Year 2 funds for NIF’s 2021 Green Infrastructure Capacity Building grants are not eligible.

Please understand that applications often exceed available funding. Our goal is to fully fund all applications, but the amount provided is based on the availability of funds and the number of requests under review.

WHAT IS OUR GRANT MAKING PROCESS?

Apply  Indigenous-only applicants will completely fill out the application via Submittable before the deadline.

Review Once the grant period has ended, the Grants Committee (made up of community members, NIF staff & board member) will convene to review all applications, select recipients and award funds.

Notify Recipients will then be notified via U.S. mail, so please ensure your current address is on file.  If approved, an award letter will be sent along with a check for the approved amount.

Reflect  We would like a follow up from you about how it helped you provide ceremony to your community.

WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS IF YOUR APPLICATION IS APPROVED OR DENIED?

The grantmaking committee review of submitted applications will occur July 15-25, 2022, award letters and denials will be sent in early August 2022.  Na’ah Illahee Fund will send checks with award letters via U.S. mail.

Na’ah Illahee Fund & Potlatch Fund appreciates your efforts and the contributions your work adds to your community. Our reporting requirements are not burdensome and we will follow up to find out what impact your efforts have had in your Native community. That is all we ask of you!

NEED ASSISTANCE?

If you have questions, seek clarification or assistance with your application, please contact:  Joni Crines, Grants Program Officer via email:  joni@naahillahee.org or phone: (206) 565-8041.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.