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California COVID-19 Emergency Response

California COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund Grants

The California Tribal Fund COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund provides financial support to California Native-led organizations for their response and recovery efforts associated with COVID-19. This exclusive fund for California Tribes is made possible thanks to generous funding by the Stuart Foundation and The California Endowment.

The fund is administered through First Nation’s California Tribal Fund, which 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.

In the first round of grants made in summer 2020, 11 California Native nonprofits received grants for general operating support and for emergency relief, health care, equipment, and reopening expenses.

The grantees are:

  • California Indian Basketweavers Association, Woodland
  • Clearlake Pomo Cultural Preservation Foundation, Clearlake Oaks
  • Juaneño Band of Mission Indians Acjachemen Nation, San Juan Capistrano
  • Barbareño Band of Chumash Indians, Santa Barbara
  • Mishewal Wappo Tribe, Santa Rosa
  • Maidu Summit Consortium, Chester
  • Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians, San Fernando
  • Tule River Economic Development Corporation, Porterville
  • San Luis Rey Mission Indian Foundation, Oceanside
  • The American Indian Council of Mariposa, Mariposa
  • Gabrieleno Tongva San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians, San Gabriel

Additional granting rounds will be made as funds allow. This relief for California Tribes in the fallout of COVID-19 is provided in coordination with First Nations’ overall COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.