Cook Native American Ministries Foundation (CNAMF) considers grant requests for ministry programs and other initiatives, to encourage leadership development. Grant applications are sponsored by denominations, congregations, agencies and emerging nonprofit organizations. Our grants are awarded only to tax exempt organizations classified as 501(c)(3) charities by the Internal Revenue Service.
Grant awards for 2020 are projected to be in the range of $1,000 to $10,000 approved by a supporting one to three years. The priority funding areas are: Education, Leadership Programs, Healthcare Programs, Churches, and Religious Activities. Grants are not awarded in the following areas: capital campaigns, deficit financing, endowment efforts, grants to individuals or routine operating needs. If you have a current active award/grant as of July 31, 2019, you are not eligible for the 2020 funding cycle.
Grants are made only from earnings of CNAMF’s Endowment and Donor restricted gifts.
CNAMF’s Board reserves the right to decline any funding request.
CNAMF’s office will begin accepting the Letters of Intent (LOI) May 20th, 2019 for funding cycle 2020.
LOI Deadline is July 31, 2019 no later than 5:00pm AZ MST for the 2020 funding cycle.
LOI received on or after August 1, 2019 will not be considered but may be held for consideration in the future.
Cook Native American Ministries Foundation (CNAMF) creates HOPE and OPPORTUNITIES for the next generation of Native American Leaders through our grant program. CNAMF seeks to find partners through the grant program that will create projects and programs that grow our Native American youth and inspire them to the be the next generation of leaders in their communities, churches, and beyond. CNAMF aims to make grants to organizations that present projects and programs in the following priority funding areas:
- Faith Based programs
- For Religious Activities
CNAMF is a faith based 501(c)3 that strongly encourages other faith based and religious organizations to apply to our grant program as CNAMF wants to be a resource to help foster the next generation of Native American leaders. CNAMF encourages grant applicants to consider matching gift and other resource development incentives as part of their activity.
Grants are not made to individuals; funds are awarded only to 501(c)3 charities: Capital items (buildings, vehicles, equipment) are not generally approved for funding. Organizations who are applying for charitable status should contact email@example.com.
Letters of Intent (LOI) and other communications with CNAMF must be in writing, by email or letter. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Please read Submitting a Letter of Intent for Concept Papers & Subsequent Communication
Current Grant Opportunities
Our grant cycle for 2019 is no longer accepting applications. The next available cycle will be for 2020. Please view our Grant Guidelines and Concept Papers for submission.
Cook Native American Ministries Foundation CNAMF provides seed grants to continue the vision of Rev. Charles H. Cook, CNAMF’s founder, who served as a missionary in the Southwest more than 106 years ago. Cook was persuaded that Native People possessed a vibrant culture, hospitable to Christianity, with many individuals who were gifted for leadership and effective at spreading the Christian message. Cook’s passion and legacy was in equipping Native Americans for leadership in church and society.
CNAMF sold its valuable school property in Tempe Arizona in July 2015. This fourteen acre urban campus was considered sacred land because it was used so effectively for ministry with Native People. Because the land was sacred, the proceeds of the sale are vigorously protected: only the endowed earnings of land sale’s investments and donor-restricted gifts will be used towards grants. We believe that CNAMF must generate philanthropic support for its own internal operations today. Rather than rely on our endowment to sustain ourselves, we are committed to growing more Native American leaders by sharing our abundance in strategic relationships with other charities.
It is a permanent fund, consisting primarily of estate gifts, the proceeds of the Cook School campus sale and donor restricted gifts. The endowment is conservatively invested for growth and income. The assets of the fund are set aside and invested so that only the interest and dividends on the principal may be used for funding grants. The endowment grows through careful investing and appreciation of capital. It also grows through gifts and bequests.
The Board of Directors of Cook Native American Ministries Foundation (CNAMF) establishes outcome and limitations policies to guide the decisions of CNAMF’s Staff. The Executive Director is accountable to the Board of Directors for all program efforts, including Grants Programs and grant award decisions. To accomplish these responsibilities, the Executive Director is assisted by a Staff, primarily through the office administrators, who provide for day-to-day activities. Ultimately, the Board of Directors makes all grant decisions.
Concept Papers received are diligently reviewed through a process directed by the office of the Executive Director. As part of the review process, clarification and amplification of LOI’s is usually requested. In addition, a full grant proposal (when requested by CNAMF) is circulated to a variety of resource people for the purpose of receiving input regarding the viability of the proposal as well as the capacity and credibility of the sponsoring organization. These resource people include various members of the Native American community, as well as other volunteers from around the United States who have specific expertise in various aspects of Native American Leadership.
Based on information provided in the LOI, all requests are assessed and a gradual process of prioritization occurs. Those Concept Papers approved by the Grants Committee will be invited to submit a full proposal. The number of grants awarded is based on funds available.
Several important questions are addressed during the consideration process. These questions include:
- Does the Concept Paper meet the criteria stated in the grant guidelines?
- Does the project present a particularly unique or interesting opportunity in terms of the issue it addresses, the population it serves, or the solutions it offers?
- Will a grant for this project help CNAMF further its mission and pursue its current priorities and interests, including major strategic initiatives and components, geographic diversity, congregation and church body involvement, and fostering important partnerships and relationships?
It is our goal that every request receives fair consideration and that wise decisions are made. However, since many more requests are expected than funds are available, and since multiple factors are involved in the decision process, many fine LOI’s will not result in grant awards. In fact, due to these factors, it is sometimes difficult to identify one specific reason why a particular LOI is chosen over another. However, taken as a whole, we believe that our commitment to a process that involves due diligence, discernment and prayer, results in God-pleasing choices from among many outstanding options.
When a grant is awarded, a grantee/grantor agreement is signed; and a schedule of regular reports is developed. A final evaluation report is required within one year of the last CNAMF payment of the grant or at end of the project, whichever comes first.
In addition to written reports, the CNAMF Board of Directors and staff, strives to visit grant sites during the term of the Grantee. Friends and supporters of CNAMF are also encouraged to visit project sites.
CNAMF’s goal in 2015 was to implement an estate gifts program to result in wills, and planned gifts to meet our future endowment goals.
Our desire is to become established as a Native American Foundation in the philanthropic community. Our short term goal is to create an effective social media tool that will enhance funding via annual appeals and giving campaigns, and major gifts.
In five years, CNAMF will position itself so it meets the giving desires of its current and potential donors.
The CNAMF Board reserves the right to decline any funding request. CNAMF does not give legal advice.