“Get up, move, do something.” This is the meaning of Daaga’ and the spirit of the Doyon, Limited Daaga’ Award. Through the Daaga’ Fund, Native leaders unite to promote healthy, drug- and alcohol-free communities with grants of up to $3,000 per annual funding cycle. Since 1990, Doyon has awarded more than $280,000 to Interior Native individuals and organizations.
The Daaga’ Award reflects our belief that communities are healthier when Native values are alive and traditional skills, such as beadwork, artwork, hunting, and trapping, are prized.
Programs that integrate the spiritual, social, and economic needs of our people make us all stronger. The proposed projects should support the values of the Daaga’ Awards, which include contributing to the healing that lies within the local people, utilizing the strength of traditional values, and encouraging programs that integrate spiritual, social, and economic needs of the communities.
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.
The deadline to submit a proposal for the 2021 Daaga’ Awards is Thursday, October 22, 2020, at 5 p.m. AKDT.