Applying for our grant

Please Note: We do not fund individuals. Please review eligibility requirements before applying. 

We will begin accepting applications on January 12, 2024 for our first round of funding for 2024. Application deadline is February 9, 2024

We will begin accepting applications on April 12, 2024 for round two. Application deadline is May 10, 2024 for our second and final round of funding for 2024.

The Board will meet on March 18, 2024 to make grant awards for the February 9, 2024 deadline. The board will meet on June 7, 2024 for the May 10, 2024 deadline.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you need funding for the Summer of 2024, we recommend that you apply for the first round of funding. Please contact our Executive Director if you have any questions.

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; personnel costs (consultant’s fees, instructional fees per hour, and number of hours to be worked); materials costs; transportation costs; indirect costs (the Foundation’s ceiling for indirect costs is 7%); in-kind contributions, if any; and total program cost.

Attachments may include project staff bios or resumes. A letter of support from the Governor of the Pueblo is required.

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

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


The Chamiza Foundation invites proposals from the following:

  • New Mexico’s 19 Pueblo Indian tribal communities
  • Ysleta del Sur Pueblo located in El Paso, Texas, member of the All Pueblo Council of Governors and the 20th Pueblo
  • Pueblo community leadership
  • 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 $15,000, 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.

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Application Submission - Deadline








Download the Application (MS Word)

Application Review Process