Applying for our grant

Note: Covid-19 Emergency Relief Funding Application (Scroll to bottom of the page)

There are two opportunities to submit:

First round: February 12, 2021
Second round: May 7, 2021

The Board will meet on March 12, 2021 to make grant awards for the February deadline and June 11, 2021 to make grant awards for the May 7, 2021 deadline. PLEASE NOTE:  If you need funding for the Summer of 2021, we recommend that you apply for the first round of funding. Please contact our Executive Director if you have any questions.

During 2021 we will be accepting applications for our established priority areas as well as COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funding. 

Please follow the application format. Proposals should provide all information indicated on the application form. The program budget should be detailed (i.e., include specific line items and amounts) and if printing or equipment costs are involved, indicate that at least two bids/estimates have been obtained.

Attachments may include project staff bios or resumes. A letter of support from the Governor of the Pueblo, tribal program administrator, or tribal council member is required.

Submit your completed application and attachments as a PDF document to:

Emailed PDF’s are preferred. However, mailed copies will be accepted. Please contact Dr. Amanda J. Montoya ( with any questions.



Apply for Traditional Project/Program Funding 

Download Application here (MS Word Format):


The Chamiza Foundation invites proposals from the following:

  • New Mexico’s 19 Pueblo Indian tribal communities
  • Ysleta del Sur Pueblo, El Paso, Texas, member of the All Pueblo Council of Governors and the 20th Pueblo
  • Pueblo community leaders 
  • Non-Pueblo organizations that serve Pueblo communities. These entities must submit a letter of support from the Governor of the Pueblo as evidence that the community has requested their involvement

Program Emphasis:

The Foundation provides grant support for programs that directly relate to some aspect of the preservation and/or continuity of Pueblo culture and traditional lifeways. Chamiza Foundation grant awards vary in size, on average from $3,000 to $12,000, but no matter the size, each has the potential for great impact.

Funding Priorities
  • Language preservation and revitalization programs.
  • Traditional architecture and building.
  • Sustainable agriculture: traditional food ways and cooking practices; understanding of plants and their medicinal uses.
  • Traditional arts and crafts instruction: intergenerational programs.
  • Tribal and ancestral history; oral histories and storytelling.
  • Youth education and leadership: traditions and elements of ceremonial life; ecology and environmental stewardship; innovative uses of technology. Special consideration is given to programs that include a language component.
  • Intercultural Exchange and Education

The Foundation’s focus at present does not include construction or renovation projects unless they include a traditional architectural aspect, a youth education component, and do not interfere with traditional ways of community participation.

Generally, the foundation does not support programs oriented to economic development, entrepreneurial enterprises or health issues.

Apply for Covid-19 Emergency Relief Funding

The Chamiza Foundation Board is accepting applications for Covid-19 Emergency Relief Funding for 2021. Use the links in this section to apply.

Emergency Relief Funding: The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the entire world, but Pueblo communities have suffered particularly difficult consequences. Due to these unprecedented times, and within our capacity as a small family foundation, Chamiza is also accepting applications that respond to direct threats from COVID-19. The grant awards range from $3,000 to $12,000. Chamiza has set the following grant making priorities for relief efforts:

  • Food, medical supplies and personal items
  • Water
  • Community Relief and Recovery Needs
  • Internet access and connectivity
  • Other needs and expenses directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic