California Tribal Fund

The California Tribal Fund was created to support California-based, California-Native-led nonprofits and tribal programs in controlling and protecting their food systems, water, languages, traditional ecological knowledge, and land.  Learn more about why this support is so important.

The mission of the California Tribal Fund is to invest in the viability and visibility of California Tribal Nations, communities, and families. We are committed to eternalizing our cultures and traditions while honoring the historical fortitude of our ancestors. Read more about our mission, vision, and Guiding Principles here.

Through the California Tribal Fund, First Nations has awarded over $1.8 million in grants to 100 Native-led California organizations to help them continue vital programs and services. 

The California Tribal Fund is made possible with funding from The California Endowment, Swift Foundation, Highlands 3:23 Fund, Ceres Trust, and 11th Hour Project. The fund began as a collaboration between First Nations and board members and staff of the California Indian Basketweavers’ Association.

The Fund is steered by an Advisory Board of California tribal leaders and cultural practitioners. This board meets regularly to assess ways to support, serve, and strengthen federally recognized Tribes and non-recognized Tribes in California.

Check back to learn about future grant opportunities, and see links below to specific California Tribal Fund projects.

If you have questions about the California Tribal Fund or would like more information, please contact Rebecca Tortes, Associate Director, California Tribal Fund, at