Looking for Funding for Native American Cultural Center and Museum

Below is a request for help from Ben Barneveld, the project developer for the Whole Earth Consortium, whose mission is to enrich the world through sustainable development and education.

The Whole Earth Consortium’s latest endeavor in line with their mission is to work with a local tribal government on the Fon-du-lac Indian reservation in Minnesota to build a straw bale structure to house the tribe’s cultural center and museum. The tribe has already agreed to a 1/3 match of all grant funds that can be raised.

If you know of an avenue for Ben to secure grants for such a project or if you would like to donate to or participate in this project, please respond to this post. I hope to hear from many of you soon.

6 Responses to Looking for Funding for Native American Cultural Center and Museum

  1. Danny Strong Fri, November 28, 2008 at 12:15 pm #

    I grew up in MN and still go often to visit family.
    I remodal creative affordable housing using local artists and reclaimed materials I have participated in straw bale construction and would like to help in the project.
    Danny Strong

  2. Andrew
    Andrew Fri, November 28, 2008 at 10:21 pm #

    Great Danny. Please let me know if you do not hear from Ben soon. I expect he will be monitoring this post, but in case he is not, I will make sure you get connected.


  3. Kathy Robinson Mon, January 5, 2009 at 1:03 pm #

    Hi Ben, I hope this is not an avenue already exhausted but your tribe may have a culture program that you could ask to present your project to them. They can make a recommendation that you can contact a grant writer that works for the tribe. The grant writer as well as cultural specialist can help research possible grants to apply for. Hope this helps. Good Luck!

  4. RNewell Sun, January 18, 2009 at 11:28 am #


    Please have Ben contact me directly as we can definitely be of assistance regarding the funding of the Fon-du-lac cultural center and museum. Thanks.

  5. Cindi Courter Fri, February 27, 2009 at 10:11 am #

    Hi Ben,
    Go to http://www.grants.gov and the grant possibilities for your project would be under cultural / museum / native american, etc. Also, education grants. The tribal governments have an added advantage in grant funding opportunities. I have over 18 years of development/fundraising experience, including Duke University and 4-1/2 years as a rural county school and county grant writer / grants administrator in Virginia and am now a consultant. Good luck!


  6. Mr.Richard John Nicol Wed, April 15, 2009 at 4:31 pm #


    I had the privilege of going through your Add from google.com and I am interested as an investor.

    Get in touch with me if your offer is still available, so that we can commence negotiations.
    Email me back on my private email: nicolrichardjohn@yahoo.com


    Mr. Richard John Nicol.

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