Chamiza Foundation Grant

Chamiza Foundation

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Grant amount: Approximately US $6,500

Next deadline: May 8, 2020

Later deadlines: Feb 7, 2021

Applicant type: Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: New Mexico, Texas

Location of residency: New Mexico, Texas

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About this funder:




The foundation was established in 1989 by Gifford and Joann Phillips, with the intention of supporting programs that would help insure the cultural continuity of Pueblo tribes.  Chamiza owes much to the late Alphonso Ortiz, an Ohkay Owingeh (San Juan) Pueblo native, and a professor of anthropology at the University of New Mexico, for the definition of its guiding principles and philosophy.

Giving Philosophy

Programs that support and help sustain tribal life and traditions and that also encourage innovative change are the primary focus of the foundation’s giving. The foundation has never considered its purpose to be the preservation of Pueblo culture as an antiquity. Rather, Chamiza believes that New Mexico’s Pueblo tribes offer a culture to be emulated and one that is very much worth sustaining. It is in this spirit that the work of the foundation is fostered and carried out.

Although a family foundation, Chamiza relies heavily on input from its ten non-family directors, eight of whom are members of New Mexico Pueblo tribes. It is their knowledge of the intricacies of Pueblo life, of the history of its culture and people and the fabric of its communities, which steers the Chamiza Foundation.

Giving History

The foundation continues to serve 20 Pueblo Indian communities, nineteen in New Mexico and one in El Paso, Texas. Chamiza Foundation provides support for programs in education, language preservation, youth projects, traditional arts and crafts, traditional agriculture and intercultural exchange.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The Chamiza Foundation invites proposals for grant awards in support of programs from the following:
    • New Mexico’s Pueblo Indian organizations and tribal governments. 
    • Isleta del Sur Pueblo in El Paso, Texas, the newest member of the All Pueblo Council of Governors. 
    • Community leaders, artists or other individuals within Pueblo communities.
    • Non-pueblo organizations requesting support for programs serving the pueblos but not originated by these entities are also eligible but must submit written evidence that the community to be served by the program is requesting it, i.e. a letter from the Governor of the Pueblo.
  • To be eligible, programs must relate directly to some aspect of the preservation and/or continuity of the traditional Pueblo culture—for example: language, traditional arts and crafts, tribal history, agriculture, and youth education in traditions and elements of ceremonial life.
  • The Foundation also invites proposals from Pueblo tribes requesting seed money to create long-range plans for cultural continuity within the parameters of the Foundation’s focus, which generally does not include programs oriented to economic development, entrepreneurial enterprises, health issues, construction projects, etc., but only those elements most central to the continuance of traditional culture.


  • At this time, the Foundation specially encourages the development of programs directed to youth education in cultural traditions, Pueblo history, and the inclusion of a language component as well as innovative uses of technology in those programs.


  • The foundation’s focus at present does not include construction or renovation projects unless they include a youth education component and do not interfere with traditional ways of community participation.