The First Nations Development Institute established the Native Arts Initiative in 2014 with the goal of stimulating the revitalization and perpetuation of artistic and cultural assets in Native communities. NAI works to achieve those goals by strengthening the enabling environments in which Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal programs operate to support emerging and established Native artists and sustain traditional Native arts in their communities.
Through the initiative, First Nations provides selected grantees with organizational and programmatic resources, including direct grants and technical assistance and training. Since 2014, First Nations has awarded more than $1.5 million in grant funds to a variety of eligible Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal government programs through NAI. Eligible applicants must currently have existing program initiatives in place that support Native artists, increase access to and awareness of traditional Native art and artists, and increase the intergenerational transfer of knowledge of traditional Native artistic practices. Priority will be given to applicants whose work supports the creation of traditional Native art forms such as beading, quilting, sculpture, woodworking, regalia-making, pottery, weaving, painting, basketry, quill work, jewelry-making, and silversmithing.
In 2018, First Nations will distribute approximately fifteen Supporting Native Arts Grants of up to $32,000 each.
In this funding cycle, Native-controlled nonprofits and tribal government programs located in one of the following regions are eligible to apply for an NAI Supporting Native Arts Grant: Upper Midwest (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin), Southwest (New Mexico, Arizona, and Southern California), and Pacific Northwest (Oregon and Washington).
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the First Nations Development Institute website.