About the foundation.

The I Am Birch Foundation was founded in 2018 by artist Scott Kelley, who wrote and illustrated I AM BIRCH, a children’s book based upon the legends of Gluskap. All proceeds from the sale of the book are donated to the foundation. 

The foundation provides micro-grants of up to $500.00 to traditional Wabanaki artisans for the purchase of materials and supplies to continue making their art. The foundation ONLY accepts applications for consideration from registered tribal members of the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Mi’Kmaq, Maliseet and Abenaki nations.

As the working capital of the foundation is limited, up to 5 grants per year will be awarded, and individuals who receive grants will not be eligible to reapply for a period of 5 years. Those who do not receive grants are encouraged to continue applying. The foundation also offers grants to artisans who come to our attention, which can also affect the number of grants given in a years grant cycle. 


The Application Committee meets once a year, and decisions for the years grant recipients will be mailed by November 15th. All decisions by the committee are final. 

Applications to the I AM BIRCH FOUNDATION are ONLINE ONLY - please follow the link below. Additionally, a MAXIMUM of FIVE (5) images of your work should be submitted along with the application.

The I Am Birch Foundation is a recognized 501-C(3) corporation, and is eligible for charitable contributions. Please consider donating to the foundation by clicking the button below to keep our mission alive.