National Endowment

for the Humanities Grant

Program Details

American Indian communities face the risk of losing their traditional arts, tribal languages, and cultural knowledge. Preservation and restoration grant programming plays an important role for Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) and the students and communities they serve because it offers the opportunity to protect Native culture, language, and traditions. The American Indian College Fund offers two types of cultural preservation grants: the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant and the Anheuser Busch Foundation Cultural Preservation Grant.

National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

The College Fund was awarded the Challenge Grant in 1993 by the National Endowment for the Humanities which led to the establishment of the NEH Cultural Preservation Endowment Program. The NEH Cultural Preservation Endowment supports cultural preservation and revitalization efforts at 24 of the 35 TCUs. TCUs participating in the program are allowed to use the funding for their college’s cultural preservation efforts. Past projects include community events, museum archival documentation, and establishment of cultural centers on campus.

The National Endowment for the Humanities is offered every year to the participating 24 TCUs every January with cultural preservation projects concluding in December of that year.

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Native Culture and Language Initiatives

Traditional Native Art Forms and Knowledge

National Endowment for the Humanities Grant

The Anheuser Busch Foundation Cultural Preservation Grant

Our Programs

Early Childhood Education

Connecting TCUs and our earliest learners, we support the creation and development of early childhood education from within Native communities — strengthening Native families’ roles as advocates and partners in their children’s education, and creating collaborations between early learning centers and community partners.

Native Culture and Language Preservation

Strong Native communities are built on tribal languages, cultural knowledge, and traditional arts. With many communities facing the risk of loss of language, culture, and traditional arts, we provide grants and support for communities to restore, sustain, and pass on traditional knowledge.

Environmental Stewardship

The College Fund invests in the TCUs that are engaged in strengthening their environmental science opportunities for students. It provides support for TCUs that are working with Native communities to develop and implement research initiatives and innovative collaborations.

Women's Leadership

By connecting Native women students at TCUs with faculty within their academic disciplines, and providing support for strong mentoring relationships, the College Fund is helping to develop the next generation of Native leadership in early childhood education, environmental science, and traditional Native arts.


Infrastructure involves design, implementation, and sustainability of systems and structures. We support tribal colleges and universities expanding their education offerings for students in this area, with opportunities to create well-designed learning spaces with the appropriate equipment, and to sustain or expand infrastructure.

Student and Institutional Success

We invest in individual students to support their pursuit of a college degree, and we invest in TCUs as the institutions that can provide an intellectual and academic home for students in Native communities.