Apply Early for 2019 Daaga’ Awards
Applications are now available for the 2019 Daaga’ Awards. Proposals for the 2019 Daaga’ Awards will be accepted until Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at 5 p.m. AKST.
The Daaga’ grants are awarded to organizations that promote drug- and alcohol-free events and projects. Applicants submit proposals that outline the project description, timeline, advertising, financial statement of need, and other funding sources, and also provide a letter of support from the village or tribe.
The proposed projects should support the values of the Daaga’ Awards, specifically:
- Contribution to the healing that lies within the local people
- Utilize the strength of traditional values
- Encourage programs that integrate spiritual, social and economic needs of the communities
Daaga’ Award recipients can receive up to $3,000 in funding. Most participant projects have cash or in-kind contributions from their community or other funding sources in addition to what is provided by Doyon, Limited. For this reason, Daaga’ should be considered supplemental funding and not be the only support sought when funding a program.
In 2018, Doyon provided $49,000 in funding to 18 Interior organizations that applied for Daaga’ grants for the following projects:
- Carry the Cure– To assist in the cost of visiting communities along the Iditarod Dog Sled Trail to build awareness and prevention of suicide, domestic violence and substance abuse.
- Dancing with the Spirit– Updating their website with traditional music and dance curriculum to teach to communities.
- Fairbanks Native Association– To assist in the cost of holding a community spring fling event featuring Athabascan values and healthy family activities.
- Galena City School– To teach youth swimming lessons and boating safety.
- Hughes Village Council– To host a three-day spirit camp for community youth.
- Huslia Tribal Council– To assist in sending Huslia’s cultural dance group, Ts’aateyhdenaade kk’onh Denh, to Fairbanks to perform at the Festival of Native Arts.
- Kaltag Dancers– To support Kaltag Dancers’ community gatherings and weekly classes teaching cultural storytelling, dancing and language.
- Kaltag Tribal Council– To support teaching traditional values, organizing drug/alcohol-free cultural activities, parenting workshops, and promoting healthy lifestyles.
- Karrie’s Music Class– To teach beginning guitar lessons to Galena’s elementary-age youth.
- Nenana Native Association– To support the costs of the two-week Nenana Summer Youth Fish Camp.
- Nikolai Edzeno Village– To assist in the costs of the community’s spring carnival promoting traditional values and activities.
- Northway Village Council– Spring cultural events teaching muskrat trapping and sewing/beading for youth ages 10 to 18 years old.
- Nulato Tribal Council– To assist in teaching sewing to make performance regalia for the local dance group, Noolaaghdoh Dancers.
- Rampart Village Council– To assist in sending the Dlul Hutanneets Hut’aannee Ch’ets’edelee traditional dance group to Nuchalawoya to participate in the educational experience of the three-day, bi-annual event in Tanana.
- Saakkaay Association– Promotion of resources and activities to community members for living drug- and alcohol-free lifestyles.
- White Eye Traditional Knowledge Education Program– The continuance of the Gwich’in Elders’ Traditional Stories Project held as a traditional knowledge education camp at White Eye over a four-week period.
- Yukon Jamboree Inc. – Supporting the Yukon Jamboree group promoting the revitalization of cultural music and events within the community of Galena.
- Young Native Fiddlers– To support the ongoing costs for the Young Native Fiddlers group in Fairbanks, teaching grades 1 through 12 how to play traditional songs on guitar and fiddle and performing for the community.