The Michigan Native American Heritage Fund (NAHF) was created as part of the Second Amendment, approved in 2016, to the 1988 Tribal-State Gaming Compact between the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (NHBP) and the State of Michigan. The NAHF is a public body politic established by an Interlocal Agreement pursuant to the Urban Cooperation Act of 1967 and in accordance with the Compact. Up to $500,000 per year from NHBP’s state revenue sharing payments go into the new Fund, which is dedicated to promoting understanding, history and good relationships with the State’s Native Americans. The funds will be distributed in the form of grants to schools, colleges and universities, and local governments to assist with initiatives to improve curricula and resources related to Native American issues, and mascot or imagery revisions, ideally in collaboration with Michigan’s Federally recognized Indian Tribes.
Native American Heritage Fund


Native American Heritage Fund Application

Applications can be made only by the following entities:

  • A public or private K-12 school, including charter school, or an accredited college or university that is located or based in the State of Michigan. The Board has determined that colleges and universities whose curriculum and presence in the state is wholly online and for-profit colleges and universities are not eligible applicants.
  • A “local unit of government” defined as a political subdivision of the State of Michigan, including a school district, a community college district, an intermediate school district, a city, a village, a township, a road commission, or a county, if the political subdivision has as its primary purpose of providing local governmental services for residents in a geographically limited area of this State.
  • Non-profit organizations may apply for funds only if the project/purpose is being undertaken on behalf of a sponsoring public or private K-12 school, college, university, or eligible local unit of government.

Please send applications to:

  • Calhoun County Administrator/Controller Kelli Scott at 315 West Green Street, Marshall, MI 49068, or via email to [email protected]

To apply online please complete this form:
2024 Native American Heritage Fund Grant Application