BBNC Education Foundation

Cultural Grant Programs

Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation (BBNCEF) has moved all of its programs to an online platform. Applying for a grant is easier than ever before! The Cultural Grant Programs are now available online by clicking here. If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. For those who cannot access our online application, we will still accept paper applications. To request a paper application, please contact BBNCEF at (907) 265-7852 or We also fund nonprofit entities located outside of Bristol Bay! Please check out the guidelines found at the bottom of this page under “Related Items” to see if your organization is eligible.

BBNCEF’s core purpose is to build and maintain “connections to our past and invest in our future.” To achieve this purpose, we administer two grant programs: the Cultural Heritage Grant Program and the Native Place Names Grant Program. Grant awards through both programs range from $1,000 to $5,000. Eligible entities are welcome and encouraged to submit a proposal for consideration. The guidelines for our program can be found at the bottom of this page under “Related Items.”

Cultural Heritage Grant Program – to support projects and activities by organizations focused on:

  • 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.


Native Place Names Grant Program  – to support projects and activities by organizations focused on:

  • 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.

At any time during the application process, you are welcome and encouraged to contact BBNCEF with questions or for additional assistance. We can be reached at (907) 265-7852 or email You can also access the grant application platform directly at If for some reason you are unable to access and apply online please contact our office and we can email or fax you an application.


Related Items

Cultural Heritage & Place Names Grant Guidelines

Download a copy of the Cultural Heritage Grant Guidelines. Applications can be submitted at any time throughout the year. Grant decisions are made on a quarterly basis. To allow sufficient review time, we recommend submitting your application 3-6 months before any proposed activities will take place.

Past Grant Award Project Summaries

Download and review a list of project descriptions for previous grant recipients through the Cultural Heritage and Native Place Names Grant programs.

Cultural Wellness Check

In February 2020, the BBNCEF Board of Directors requested that staff conduct a needs assessment to guide the development of a 10-year strategic plan for the Cultural Heritage portfolio. The needs assessment, also called Cultural Wellness Check, included key informant interviews of key Bristol Bay cultural leaders that focused on language, traditional arts and crafts,…Read More