BBNC Education Foundation

Bristol Bay Cultural Heritage Grant Program

Students gather to learn about traditional plants during the 4H culture camp in Clark’s Point, which was funded by BBNCEF. 
Photo courtesy of Avery Lill, KDLG.

The Cultural Heritage Program goal is to engage BBNC shareholders and descendants in a wide range of educational activities that promote, preserve and celebrate our Alaska Native cultural heritage and way of life. $1,000-$5,000 awards are available to eligible Bristol Bay entities for Place Names and Cultural Heritage projects that are educational and promote, preserve or celebrate Alaska Native cultural heritage.

Projects typically fall within the following categories.

Cultural Heritage

  • Preservation, practice and teaching Native languages of Bristol Bay.
  • Native knowledge, history, skills and practices.
  • Cultural activities, traditions, subsistence, traditional arts and crafts, dance, history.


Place Names

  • Documentation of traditional names of Bristol Bay communities, rivers, lakes, mountains, hills, bays, beaches and other physical features
  • Stories, oral histories, research and pronunciations of traditional places

The 2017 award cycle is complete. We anticipate a new award cycle will be available in early December 2017. Please email us at if you’d like to receive a notification when the application becomes available.