Cook Native American Ministries Foundation CNAMF provides seed grants and sponsorships to continue the vision of CNAMF founder, Reverend Charles H. Cook. Cook’s passion was to equip Native Americans to serve as leaders in church and society, and his legacy remains today.

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Cook Native American Ministries Foundation (CNAMF) creates HOPE and OPPORTUNITIES for the next generation of Native American leaders through our grant program.

CNAMF offers funding opportunities nationwide to congregations and non-profit organizations who actively work in Native communities to provide programs and services. The intent is to jumpstart a project, get an idea off the ground or grow a program. CNAMF grants provide seed money for projects that:

  • Cultivate leadership in churches and tribal communities

  • Create sustainable models that lead to positive change

  • Promote effective programs and leaders within church and community

​CNAMF considers grants to organizations that present projects and programs in the following priority funding areas:

  • Education

  • Leadership

  • Healthcare

  • Faith-Based Programs

  • Religious Activities

What We Do Not Fund:

  • Capital Campaigns or Capital Items such as buildings, equipment, vehicles

  • Deficit Financing    

  • General Operations

  • Grants to Individuals

  • Scholarship Funds

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Submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) that describes your project in 500 words or less. You may write a narrative, tell a story or use outline form. We are interested in your passion for this program/project. Please include the following:

  • Describe your project/program and how it aligns with one of the priority funding areas

  • The amount of funds you are requesting

  • What you anticipate the outcome or impact of the project to be

  • Key project staff, partners, volunteer

  • Project timeline


CNAMF prefers the letters be submitted electronically. We will accept letters sent via US Mail as well. Please do not send photos, brochures, use paper clips, staple or use binding or plastic covers. 


Letters of Intent are due: July 31, 2023, 12 midnight AZ MST.  Submit electronic LOI to Dina Lopez


Letters of Intent are reviewed by the CNAMF Grant Committee. The committee will select LOIs that best reflect CNAMF’s mission and demonstrate the greatest potential to create opportunities for tribal communities and the next generation of Native American leaders. Those organizations that meet the criteria described above will be invited to submit a full grant proposal.


CNAMF is a faith-based 501©3 that strongly encourages other faith-based and religious organizations to apply to our grant program. CNAMF encourages grant applicants to consider matching gifts and other resource development incentives as part of their activity.

For staff assistance please email



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