The Native American Heritage Fund (NAHF) continues to advocate for Native visibility and the building of lasting connections between Michigan’s Native and non-Native communities with the 2024 grant cycle. 

The NAHF is proud to announce that applications for funding are now available for public and private K-12 schools, colleges, universities, and local units of government to defray the costs of projects that promote positive relationships and accurate information about the history and role of Michigan’s Indian Tribes and Native Americans in the state.

“We are excited to announce the 2024 grant cycle for the Native American Heritage Fund,” said NAHF Board Chairperson Jamie Stuck, who also serves as the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (NHBP) Tribal Council Chairperson. “Michigan is home to 12 federally recognized tribes, each with their own diverse community, history, government, and cultural practices. We owe it to them to continue to educate our fellow Michiganders and promote the inclusion of Native Americans within our home state. Past grant recipients have shown how impactful the fund can be, and we look forward to another year of continued progress for the tribal community.”

The NAHF, which was approved in 2016 as part of the Second Amendment to the Tribal-State Gaming Compact between NHBP and the state of Michigan, allocates a portion of NHBP’s annual state revenue sharing payment to the fund. Since its inception, the NAHF has funded the removal of offensive imagery and language from 14 schools and three municipalities and has cultivated several opportunities for education, reconciliation, and unification.

Projects eligible for funding may include events, art projects and language classes that encourage inclusivity between Native Americans and Michiganders, as well as changing or revising curricula, improving program development, replacing or revising government seals or images in public spaces, and replacing or revising mascots or imagery that might be considered offensive to Native Americans.

Applications are now available on the NAHF website at and are due to the NAHF Board by Friday, June 7, at 5 p.m. Please submit applications online, via mail to Calhoun County Administrator/Controller Kelli Scott at 315 West Green Street, Marshall, MI 49068, or via email to

For questions regarding the 2024 NAHF application process, please contact Kelli Scott at 269.781.0966.