California Truth and Healing Fund

****FIRST ROUND DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL

JUNE 29, 2022 at 5 PM PACIFIC****

ABOUT 

Decolonizing Wealth Project is an Indigenous-led racial justice organization that envisions a world where racial equity has become a societal norm – where new systems ensure everyone can live their best lives, thrive in their cultures, and heal from generations of colonial trauma. Decolonizing Wealth Project (DWP) was established in 2018 to disrupt the existing systems of moving and controlling capital by offering truth, reconciliation, and healing from the ails of colonization through education, radical reparative giving, and narrative change. 

 

The California Truth & Healing Council (the “Council” or “CTHC”), created by Executive Order N-15-19, bears witness to, records, examines existing documentation of, and receives California Native American narratives regarding the historical relationship between the State of California and California Native Americans in order to clarify the historical record of such relationship in the spirit of truth and healing. The Council’s mission is facilitated by the Governor’s Tribal Advisor and includes representatives from California Native American tribes, relevant state and local agencies, and other relevant non-governmental stakeholders. The Council works in consultation with California Native American tribes to shape the overarching focus and develop the work of the Council and will endeavor to accurately represent the diversity of experience of California Native Americans within the State of California. 

 

To support this process, Liberated Capital, a fund of Decolonizing Wealth Project, is launching a new multi-year grantmaking initiative, the California Truth and Healing Fund, to support the engagement of California Native American families, communities, tribes and organizations in the healing opportunities presented in this process and advance the broader objectives of the Council, including to galvanize philanthropy to support the recommendations from the Council’s report.  Funding decisions will be guided by an advisory board of CA Native Americans.

Read the Press Release. 

CURRENT ELIGIBILITY & CRITERIA

  • California Native American tribes  {Note: non-federally recognized tribes are eligible to apply through a 501(c)(3) or be fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3)}
  • California Native-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, coalitions or projects fiscally-sponsored by a 501(c)(3) based in California.
    • Native-led defined: the organization’s Board of Directors and Executive leadership must be majority California Native-led, and must primarily service California Natives.
  • Individuals are not eligible at this time. 
  • Funding must be used for charitable purposes (no lobbying).  
  • Funding cannot be used for efforts in opposition to other tribes or tribal entities. 
  • Grant amounts will range from $5,000 to $50,000.

Funding priorities of the California Truth and Healing Fund will shift over time as the work progresses. Current funding priorities should include activities that directly support the goals of engagement with the Truth and Healing process, such as but not limited to:  

  • Efforts to spread awareness and increase community engagement of CA Native Americans in the Truth and Healing process of the Council.  The fund will prioritize statewide and regional organizations and coalitions that can provide awareness, community engagement and logistical or capacity support to engage with the Council.  
  • Logistical or capacity support to attend and engage in the Council meetings and hearings.  These activities may include: 
    • Funding for transportation, lodging, childcare, meeting space and other supports that address potential barriers to CA Native participation in the statewide process.
    • To Find a schedule of the CA Truth & Healing Council meetings and hearings, visit: https://tribalaffairs.ca.gov/cthc/meetings/
  • Efforts to bring together California Native Americans intra or inter-tribally to discuss, plan or otherwise prepare for engaging in the Council process or to engage in independent truth and healing work with and among tribes. 
  • Tribal history, research, and narrative work that supports the goals of the Council process, such as the digitization of tribal history, research, narratives, documentation of land loss, cultural items, or archival material, etc.  This may include: 
    • Efforts to record first-hand accounts and first-person narratives that capture oral history, clarifies and corrects the historical record, addresses grievances, and/or promotes truth-telling. 
  • Capacity-building for Tribes: Research and planning to support California Native land-back efforts. This can include resources for legal support, capacity-building for land back claims, retrieving historical documentation, engaging anthropological or scientific support to support claims, capacity building for how to create tribal land trusts, capacity building regarding tribal co-management, and/or other tribal planning needs. This does not include resources to purchase land. 
    • Please note again: Funding cannot be used for efforts in opposition to other tribes or tribal entities. 
  • Support for traditional healing programs or efforts connected to tribal or intra-tribal Truth & Healing processes

 

KEY DATES 

Grant proposals may be submitted at any time before September 15, 2022. In 2022, there will be two rounds of grantmaking:

Round 1

Round 1 Proposal Deadline: June 29, 2022

Round 1 Decisions Announced: July 2022

 

Round 2

Round 2 Proposal Deadline: September 15, 2022

Round 2 Decisions Announced: October 2022

 

HOW TO APPLY

Liberated Capital uses the JustFund platform to accept and review proposals. To apply, follow the steps below:

(1) LOGIN OR CREATE A JUSTFUND ACCOUNT

Visit www.justfund.us to log in or register for an account.

  • If you have an existing JustFund account, click ‘Sign In’ and login to access the RFP. 
    • If you are having trouble accessing your account, reset your password or contact info@justfund.us.
  • If you do not have an existing account, click ‘Sign Up’ and complete the form. Please note that registrations require 48 business hours for approval. We encourage applicants to register as early as possible. 

(2) ONCE YOU ARE LOGGED INTO YOUR JUSTFUND ACCOUNT -> 

  • click ‘Funding Opportunities’ at the top of your screen, and select ‘The California Truth and Healing Fund’ RFP. 
  • Once you have reviewed the opportunity and determined you qualify to apply, click the ‘Apply’ button at the bottom of the screen. 

View JustFund’s How to Apply video for a step-by-step walkthrough on submitting your proposal. 

If you have additional questions, view JustFund’s, Help Center or contact info@justfund.us for support. They are standing by to assist. 

 

SUPPORT WEBINARS

Register below for our upcoming support webinars which will provide an overview of our Request for Proposals (RFP) and application process through the JustFund platform.

Thu, May 26, 2022 1:00 – 2:30 pm PST: 

Wed, June 1, 2022 3:00 – 4:30 pm PST: Watch the replay here

What if you can’t attend the webinar?

Not a problem. A link to the webinar recording will be posted on our Decolonizing Wealth Project YouTube page. 

 

CONTACT US 

For questions, or if you need assistance with submitting your application, please reach out to our team at info@decolonizingwealth.com, subject line: CA Truth and Healing Fund.

For technical assistance with the JustFund platform, contact info@justfund.us.

Funders/Donors

If you’re interested in supporting the California Truth and Healing Fund, please email us at info@decolonizingwealth.com, subject line: CA Truth and Healing Fund.