Native American Advised Fund

Advisory Committee:  Pictured, left to right:  Ross Chaney (Osage, Cherokee), Andrea Hanley (Diné), Emily Haozous, PhD, RN (Chiricahua Fort Sill Apache), Jhane Myers, Chair (Comanche, Blackfeet), Porter Swentzell, PhD (Santa Clara Pueblo)   Not pictured:  Joseph (Woody) Aguilar, PhD (San Ildefonso Pueblo), Christina M. Castro, PhD (Jemez/Taos Pueblo), Lisa LeFlore Davis, JD (Fort Sill Apache), Jesse Morris (Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska), Stephine Poston (Sandia Pueblo), Oscar S. Rodriguez (Lipan Apache).


The Native American Advised Fund at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, was established in 1993 with a gift from the late Allan Houser (Chiricahua Fort Sill Apache), a humanitarian and one of the world's great artists. Grants are made from the fund based on the recommendations of an advisory committee. All members of the advisory committee are drawn from the local Native American communities.

The purpose of the Native American Advised Fund is to enhance Native lifeways now and for future generations in New Mexico by promoting a spirit of sharing and supporting community initiatives. The Fund supports efforts that emphasize the commitment to Native core values: community, language, culture, and environment. Since 1997, the Native American Advised Fund has granted over $200,000 to 50 different tribes, schools, and organizations.

The Fund will operate in perpetuity, benefiting this and future generations. Only the income from the fund is used to make grants.

Native American considers grants in the fall, corresponding to the Santa Fe Community Foundation’s respective competitive grant cycle.

Native American Advised Fund Grant Awards 2020 (Competitive)

Honor Our Pueblo Existence (HOPE): $3,500

IndigenousWays aka Indigenous Solutions: $8,500

Keres Children's Learning Center: $4,500

Laguna Community Foundation: $3,500

Museum of Indian Arts & Culture (MIAC): $8,500

New Energy Economy: $8,500

New Mexico Kids Matter: $5,500

Rude Girl / AIO: $5,000

Santa Fe Film Institute: $5,500

Santa Fe Indigenous Center: $8,500

SWAIA: $5,500

Tewa Language Immersion Program (Pueblo of Pojoaque): $5,000

Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian: $3,500

Native American Advised Fund Grant Awards 2020 (Discretionary)

Americans for Indian Opportunity

Changing Woman Initiative

Hopi Foundation

MoGro (Mobile Grocers)

Native American Student Services (SFPS)

Native Health Initiative (NHI)

New Energy Economy

Pueblo Relief Fund

Santa Fe Indigenous Center

Zuni Youth Enrichment Project

Native American Advised Fund Grant Awards 2019 (Competitive)

Honor Our Pueblo Existence: $4,500

Santa Fe Indian Center: $4,500

Silver Bullet Productions: $1,000

Wings of America: $1,000

Native American Advised Fund Grant Awards 2018 (Competitive)

New Mexico Kids Matter: $5,000

Santa Fe Indian Center: $5,000

Native American Advised Fund Grant Awards 2017 (Competitive)


Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women: $600

Museum of Indian Arts & Culture - Laboratory of Anthropology: $3,700

Native American Social Work Program (NASWP) Advisory-Development Committee: $1,700

New Mexico Kids Matter Inc.: $4,000

RESOLVE Violence Prevention: $1,600

Santa Fe Indian Center: $2,000


Changing Woman Initiative Birth and Wellness Center: $2,000

Honor Our Pueblo Existence (HOPE): $2,000

Indigenous Nations Library Program, UNM: $1,000

Native American Student Services for SFPS: $2,200

Pueblo of Pojoaque/Tewa Language Immersion: $1,200

Tewa Women United: $1,000

Native American Advised Fund Grant Awards 2016 (Competitive)


Indian Arts Research Center/School for Advance Research: $2,000 

New Mexico Kids Matter: $2,000 

Reel Indian Pictures/New West Media Foundation: $1,000

Santa Fe Indian Center: $3,500

Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA): $1,000


Axle Projects, Inc.: $500

Four Bridges Traveling Permaculture Institute: $4,000

Native American Student Services: $5,000

SFCF provides grants to eligible applicants so long as funds are available, without regard to the race, creed, color, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, disability, country or place of origin, ethnicity, or citizenship status of the applicants.

Your Contacts for the Native American Advised Fund

Diane Hamamoto
Grants Officer

(505) 988-9715 x 7008


Jhane Myers
Committee Chair

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