Founding Principal, Grant Writer
Beverly Santicola turned an agricultural childhood and lifetime of work experiences into a purpose driven mission to grow a new generation of leaders for the future of America. She is an award-winning film producer, social entrepreneur, idea generator, problem solver, program developer, project facilitator, public speaker, and grant writing consultant. Over the past ten years Santicola has focused her expertise and energy in the arenas of community development, youth leadership, and collaborative partnership building for government agencies, national associations, Native American Tribes and Native Hawaiian nonprofits. Working with a team of professional grant writers that have generated more than $1 BILLION in grant funding for clients, she has been nationally recognized for social innovation and leadership excellence by the US Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs in connection with the Tiwahe Initiative, as well as Encore.org as a 2010 and 2014 Purpose Prize Fellow sponsored by the Atlantic Philanthropies and John Templeton Foundation. In her role as Grants Consultant, Santicola also provides facilitation services for multiple grant funded programs communicating regularly with federal government officials to assure systemic integration and the implementation of coordinated service delivery systems. Santicola introduced youth filmmaking to the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in 2015 as a tool for intergenerational community development and has contributed to winning numerous international film awards including awards from LA SKINS FEST, Garifuna International Indigenous Film Fest, Colorado Film Commission, and The Telly Award. OUR CULTURE IS OUR STRENGTH, and WE ARE NUCHU can be seen on Vimeo. OUR CULTURE IS OUR STRENGTH won a total of 21 Telly Awards in 2021 including two People’s Choice Awards. This year Santicola helped design a GROWING UTE project aimed to preserve the Ute language by publishing a GROWING UTE BOOK, producing a GROWING UTE public service announcement, and creating signage for facilities on the reservation in Ute. The GROWING UTE BOOK (produced by Beverly Santicola and Anthony Two Moons) won 5 international Anthem Awards for Arts, Culture and Education. This project was modeled after Santicola’s national Purpose Prize project above called GROWING RURAL and GROWING SMART focusing on intergenerational community development.