Applying for our grant

There are two opportunities to submit:

First round: February 7, 2020
Second round: To Be Determined 

The Board will meet on March 13, 2020 to make grant awards for the February deadline. 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the Chamiza Foundation Board has decided to postpone the second round of funding for 2020. The next granting cycle will be determined at a later date. 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.

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 the email address below.


Emailed PDFs are preferred. However, mailed copies maybe accepted. Please contact Amanda J. Montoya ( with your request.

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 and artists
  • 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 $4,000 to $8,000, 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.