The Poeh Museum receives it's general operating funds from the Pueblo of Pojoaque, who in 1995 made the initial development of the Poeh Center possible. The tribe has continued to support construction projects totaling $1,261,129. Their ongoing support makes the Poeh Museum possible. Additionally, the Pueblo of PojoaqueConstruction Company serves the Pueblo of Pojoaque and projects outside of the tribal community. Proceeds from construction projects outside of the Pueblo are contributed for ongoing construction of the Poeh Cultural Center and Museum.
The Poeh Museum has been very fortunate to receive substantial funding from a number of private foundations, corporations, and governmental agencies, including:
The United States Congress awarded $630,000 to complete the Poeh Cultural Center and Museum. The funding allowed the Museum to complete its permanent exhibit Nah Poeh Meng, Rotating Exhibit Gallery, Artist Demonstration space, and gift shop. The Permanent Collection is currently available for viewing by appointment.
The New Mexico State Legislature awarded $250,000 to assist with the completion of the Poeh Cultural Center and Museum. The funds enabled the completion of construction projects which included: flooring, plastering, masonry, and standardized museum lighting in all exhibit areas. The Poeh Museum officially opened in 2005.
The National Endowment for the Arts awarded $150,000 under its Resources for Change: Technology Grants Program to fund the Poeh Museum's Technology Integration Project. This allowed the creation of an integrated database system for the Poeh Museum's Permanent Collection and Photo Archive, the development of online and visitor access systems, and a framework for arts and cultural education and programming.
The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded $109,217 to complete the collections storage area in the new Poeh Museum building as part of the Collections Storage Project. This funding allowed the completion of a state-of-the-art fire suppression and security system, purchase of collections storage cabinets, and the costs of rehousing the collections.
The National Park Service awarded $17,000 under its Historic Preservation Fund Grants to Indian Tribes, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiian Organizations program for the Cuyamungue Mapping Project, the archaeological mapping of Cuyamungue Pueblo, an ancestral Tewa site. The project included training of young Pueblo of Pojoaque tribal members in archaeological survey, mapping, and historic preservation issues.
The New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps. Awarded $78,457 towards the construction of the museum entrance and, with additional funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the completion of the Collections Storage Project.
The Historic Preservation Fund, National Park Service. Awarded $50,000 to fund the Tewa Stories Project, an oral history and documentation project in the six Tewa-speaking pueblos of Northern New Mexico. This project was created to collect digital video and audio from elders in the Tewa Pueblos, and was designed both to produce the interpretive content for Nah Poeh Meng and create an archive of traditional Tewa Stories.
The Bay Foundation. Awarded $5,000 for the purchase of collections storage cabinets. These funds were used as part of the Collections Storage Project.
The Eugene E. and Clare V. Thaw Charitable Trust. Provided a two-year, $50,000 challenge grant to complete exhibit planning and design for Nah Poeh Meng.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services. Awarded a $3,020 Conservation Assessment Project grant to assess the conservation needs of the Permanent Collection.
The Rockefeller Foundation. Awarded $40,000 in “special project” funds for the development of Nah Poeh Meng. These funds were used to facilitate the consultation process, contract an exhibit design firm to begin collecting information and developing preliminary design concepts, and to provide a down payment for the commission of exhibit sculptures by traditional artist Roxanne Swentzell (Santa Clara Pueblo).