WHAT WE DO

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GRANT MAKING INITIATIVES

Through your generosity we have given over 3.5 million in grants to Native artists, culture bearers and the organizations that support them since 1999.

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Culturally Rooted PROGRAmming

Culturally-informed programming focused on community development, youth empowerment and national movement building is at the heart of our work.

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TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE & TRAINING

Nearly 1500 artists and culture bearers have attended our trainings, taught by our network of hundreds of certified artist & business coaches.


OUR IMPACT


how we work

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INDIVIDUAL

We offer direct grant support to individual Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian artists and culture bearers. By investing in individuals, families and households are elevating, thus creating change on a community level.

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Community

We are committed to long-term, deep partnerships within Native communities all across the nation. Our community based work focuses on uplifting artists as community leaders and helping local organizations better work with the artists they serve.

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National 

Our work is nation wide, building a network of Native artists and culture bearers who are contributing the rich fabric of their communities and the nation as whole. Through our fellowships, awards and trainings we bring artists together, creating more opportunity for collective impact.


THE LATEST FROM FIRST PEOPLES FUND

First Peoples Fund Launches new Report: investing in the indigenous arts ecology

Following up with our findings from the Establishing a Creative Economy: Art as an Economic Engine in Native Communities report, Investing in the Indigenous Arts Ecology provides insight into the how strategic partnerships with artists and tribal organizations can contribute to growing and thriving Indigenous arts ecosystems in communities across Indian country.

Nomination period for
2019 Community SPirit awards
now open

Know an exceptional First Peoples artist who selflessly gives of themselves to pass on ancestral knowledge and weave cultural practices into the fabric of their communities? Nominate them for the 2019 Community Spirit Award!