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The Chamiza Foundation invites proposals for grant awards in support of programs from the following:

·   New Mexico’s Pueblo Indian organizations and tribal governments. 

·   Isleta del Sur Pueblo in El Paso, Texas, the newest member of the All Pueblo Council of Governors. 

• Community leaders, artists or other individuals within Pueblo communities.

• Non-pueblo organizations requesting support for programs serving the pueblos but not originated by these entities are also eligible but must submit written evidence that the community to be served by the program is requesting it, i.e. a letter from the Governor of the Pueblo.

Program Emphasis:  

To be eligible, programs must relate directly to some aspect of the preservation and/or continuity of the traditional Pueblo culture—for example: language, traditional arts and crafts, tribal history, agriculture, and youth education in traditions and elements of ceremonial life. 

The Foundation also invites proposals from Pueblo tribes requesting seed money to create long-range plans for cultural continuity within the parameters of the Foundation’s focus, which generally does not include programs oriented to economic development, entrepreneurial enterprises, health issues, construction projects, etc., but only those elements most central to the continuance of traditional culture. The foundation’s focus at present does not include construction or renovation projects unless they include a youth education component and do not interfere with traditional ways of community participation. 

At this time, the Foundation specially encourages the development of programs directed to youth education in cultural traditions, Pueblo history, and the inclusion of a language component as well as innovative uses of technology in those programs.

The average grant amount has been $6,500.

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