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Protecting the Sacred

Grants to USA and International Organizations,
Groups, and Individuals to Benefit Indigenous Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Sacred Fire Foundation

Deadline Date:

03/20/20 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Grants of up to $5,000 to USA and International organizations, groups, and individuals to benefit Indigenous communities. Funding areas include education, arts and culture, language, youth, awareness building, environmental stewardship, food and healing, and ritual and ceremony. The purpose of this program is to restore, support, and reflect cultural and spiritual practices based on Indigenous ancestral wisdom.

The mission of the Sacred Fire Foundation is to ensure the continuance of ancestral wisdom and to expand awareness of the critical and timely importance of the Indigenous worldview, for all people and for future generations. The Foundation envisions a global society that prioritizes balance, community, and connection, and helps to sustain all life on Earth.

Protecting the Sacred provides grants and organizational support for Indigenous wisdom-keepers and their communities to assist them in the maintenance of traditional ways and the realization of a sustainable future rooted in Indigenous values. Protecting the Sacred funds projects around the world that reflect, support, and/or restore spiritual and cultural practices based in ancestral wisdom.
Projects may fall into one or several of the following focus areas. See the URL for Full Text below and the individual links for more information. 

The application must directly benefit an organization and/or a project that is Indigenous-led and has originated from within the community it will benefit. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188484

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum available for each project is US $5,000.

Term of Contract:

The timetable/calendar must be included in applications, indicating the anticipated activities for the project over a period of 12 months. The date used to determine the 12-month period will be the date of Sacred Fire Foundation’s acceptance letter. Sacred Fire Foundation limits funding to 5 years per organization and/or project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Awards will be made to individuals, groups and organizations whose initiatives are complementary to and further the mandate of Sacred Fire Foundation. Ideally, applicants are a community/organization/group/association of Indigenous Peoples and have non-profit status or a fiscal sponsor with non-profit status.

Organizations that are not a 501(c)(3) exempt organization may be considered but will receive an Internal Revenue Service form 1099 from Sacred Fire Foundation.

For restrictions, conditions, and non-allowable expenses, see URL for Full Text below.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2020 Grant Cycle closes on Friday, March 20, 2020. Applications must be received no later than March 20th at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Results will be announced to all applicants via email on Friday, June 19, 2020.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Application form:

Mercedes Caso, Grantmaking Director
Sacred Fire Foundation
(310)272 9911

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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