Daaga’ Award Applications Due January 12
“Get up, move, do something!” This is the meaning of the Athabascan word Daaga’ and the spirit of the Doyon, Limited Daaga’ Awards, which provide annual grants to programs and projects that promote healthy, clean and sober Alaska Native communities.
Proposals for the 2018 Daaga’ Awards will be accepted until the deadline of Friday, January 12, 2018 by 5 p.m. AKST. Applications are available on the Daaga’ webpage here.
Since 1990, the Daaga’ Awards have provided more than $250,000 in funding to Interior Native individuals and organizations to help promote drug- and alcohol-free communities and programs.
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
The number of awards are limited, and proposals may be granted up to $3,000 per funding period. The awarded amount is dependent on the number of proposals received and the need of the program as described in the application and supporting materials. Applicants may not always receive the full $3,000. For this reason, Daaga’ should be considered supplemental funding and not be the only support sought when funding a program.
For more information, please contact shareholder outreach at 1-888-478-4755 (toll-free), 459-2085 (in Fairbanks) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Listed below are the 2017 recipients of the Daaga’ Awards and how each used the award.
- Tanacross Village Council– Educational retreat and culture camps focusing on self-esteem, self-awareness and health issues for all ages.
- Chalkyitsik Village Council– A summer youth camp with Elders helping to teach traditional values, as well as moose hunting and tanning, and Native arts and language.
- Rampart Village Council– Traditional song and dance group.
- White Eye Traditional Knowledge Education Program– Traditional knowledge education camp focusing on Elders handing down traditions to youth.
- Birch Creek Tribal Council– Cultural sewing workshop in Fairbanks teaching how to sew traditional clothing, and make fur hats, mittens and slippers.
- Tetlin Village Council– Creation of the Tetlin Dance Group to inspire and promote cultural and language revitalization.
- Gwichyaa Zhee Gwich’in Tribal Government– Youth Survivors, a firearm safety and skill-building project to promote rural life skills and firearm safety.
- Nenana Native Association– A summer youth fish camp focusing on fishing and processing salmon and exploring other traditional values.
- Young Native Fiddlers– Young Native Fiddlers group teaching fiddle and guitar, and promoting leadership skills, confidence, love of music and academic success.
- Council of Athabascan Tribal Government– Tribal history commemoration event.
- Nulato Tribal Council– Nulato Family Fish Camp, held for Elders and youth ages 10 – 18, will promote traditional values and subsistence.
- Koyukuk Tribal Council– Culture Camp for all ages, teaching youth skills in fishing, berry picking, healing plants and environmental surroundings used to sustain cultural heritage and the traditional lifestyle.