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Two years ago when Eighth Generation became the first Native-owned company to offer wool blankets, we promised that 5% of profit from our retail blanket sales would go back to community in the form of the "Inspired Natives Grant." We are very proud to fulfill this promise by offering not 1, but 2, "Inspired Natives Grants" to be administered by our friends at the Evergreen Longhouse! And if you're wondering - yes, this is in addition to the the $80k+ we've contributed over the past two years in support of everything from Standing Rock to nonprofit organizations to cultural events to family celebrations to small tokens of comfort for our homeless relatives on the streets of Seattle.
We encourage you to review the press release below and share it with the emerging arts entrepreneurs in your life! A link to a PDF of the actual grant application is also below.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Laura Grabhorn, Longhouse Assistant Director
Phone: (360) 867-6413
Eighth Generation is pleased to announce the establishment of a national Native artist grant program, to be administered in partnership with The Evergreen State College Longhouse. The Inspired Natives Grant is a project-based grant for emerging Native artists who are pushing boundaries in the world of arts and arts entrepreneurship. We are looking for candidates who are expanding definitions of what it means to be Native and who go above and beyond to make themselves a resource to their community.
Applications for all forms of visual, performance-based arts, media and literary arts will be accepted. Native artists who are residents of the United States are eligible for this award. Native is defined as: American Indian, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian. Documentation of ancestry is required.
Our goal is to assist emerging artists of all mediums in developing business infrastructure (e-commerce, branding, equipment, and product development) to maximize their potential for success in the mainstream marketplace. We know our partnership with the trusted and experienced grant makers at the Evergreen Longhouse will help us do this in the most effective way possible.
“The Longhouse is always honored to partner with Louie Gong. We have observed that as his artistic star continues to rise, he provides connections, resources and support to others. The Inspired Natives Grant is a great example of his entrepreneurial and philanthropic spirit”, says Tina Kuckkahn-Miller (Ojibwe), Longhouse Director.
Award Amount: The Inspired Natives Grant will be administered in awards of $2,500. Total project costs may exceed $2,500 as long as other sources of funding are identified in the application.
Application deadline: October 31st, 2017. Applicants will be notified by November 28th, 2017.