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Alaska culture camps 2020
Quyanaa to our culture camps for sharing their photos, including Haa Tóo Yéi Yatee Culture Camp – Hoonah AK (photos on the left), Organized Village of Kake (upper right) and Dig Afognak – Native Village of Afognak (lower right)!

“Our cultures protect our children.”
– Lacayah Engebretson (Ahtna)

The First Alaskans Culture Camp Support Fund was created to provide financial support to Alaska Native culture camps across the state that are deeply impacted by the current pandemic. Culture Camps are critical to our peoples’ well-being and we look to the leadership of the camps to find innovative and safe ways to offer virtual and/or physically distant camps or cultural learning and activities as best suits their community. This funding is made available through support from First Alaskans Institute, RurAL CAP Foundation, Alaska Humanities Forum, the Rasmuson Foundation and individual contributors. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all funds are allocated. Funds are limited, so we thank you in advance for understanding that we may not be able to fund every applicant or fund every project at the amount requested. Awarded funds can be retroactive to January 1, 2020 and must be closed out by December 31, 2021.

Eligible entities for funding include 501(c)3 non-profits, federally recognized Tribes and other programs that can find a fiscal agent. Applicable costs may include, but are not limited to: personal protective equipment, staffing costs, Elder/ Artist/ Language Teacher/ Culture Bearer honorariums and stipends, technology or GoPro equipment, web licensing or software purchases. We will also be looking to network various camps and camp leadership across the state, if that is of interest to the applicants since there may be a way to share various resources, arts and crafts ideas, activities, culture and language teachers, Native ways of life teachers (hunting, fishing, harvesting, gathering, preparing and putting up foods), supplies and the like.

To apply, complete the online application. If you would prefer a paper application, please download a PDF version.

Please email us at [email protected] or call Ella Sassuuk Tonuchuk at (907) 677-1707 if you have any questions.