First Nations Invites Applications for Native Arts Program

For thirty-seven years, using a three-pronged strategy of educating grassroots practitioners, advocating for systemic change, and capitalizing Indian communities, the First Nations Development Institute has been working to restore Native American control and culturally-compatible stewardship of Native assets — be it land, human potential, cultural heritage, or natural resources — and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native American communities. 

To advance its mission, First Nations has launched a new Supporting Native Arts grant opportunity under its Native Arts Initiative (formerly known as the Native Arts Capacity Building Initiative, or NACBI). Through the program, First Nations will award about fifteen grants of up to $32,000 to Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal governments that have programs in place that support Native artists and the field of traditional Native arts, as well as a demonstrated commitment to increasing the intergenerational transfer of knowledge of traditional Native artistic practices and the perpetuation of traditional Native arts. Eligible applicants must be located in and serve tribal communities in one of the following regions: the Upper Midwest (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin); the Southwest (New Mexico, Arizona, and Southern California); or the Pacific Northwest (Oregon and Washington).

Examples of eligible activities include master/apprentice artist opportunities, archiving and collections/preservation efforts, promoting artist-focused convenings, communal artist spaces, artist-led workshops and arts classes, artist cooperative development, and artist-in-residence opportunities.

Examples of eligible activities that support organizational infrastructure growth include governance training for the organization's board of directors, organizational strategic planning, organizational and/or programmatic marketing and communications plans, and the development or strengthening of project management systems

Entities eligible to apply include Native-controlled nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, tribes and tribal departments, tribal § 7871 entities, or Native community-based groups with eligible fiscal sponsors committed to supporting Native artists as well as the perpetuation of Native arts, cultures, and traditions as integral to Native community life. Applicants located in urban areas are eligible if they are located in one of the geographic regions listed above and are able to demonstrate a close tie to one or more tribal communities in one of those regions. Grants will not be made to individual artists or to for-profit organizations.

Firsts Nations will be hosting informational webinars for prospective applicants on August 30, 2017, at 1:00 p.m.; September 14, 2017, at 11:00 a.m.; and September 27, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. Registration is required.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the First Nations website.

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