About Us


Founded in 1995, First Peoples Fund's mission is to honor and support the Collective Spirit® of First Peoples artists and culture bearers.

Collective Spirit® is that which manifests self-awareness and a sense of responsibility to sustain the cultural fabric of a community. As such, we are dedicated to the preservation, advancement and well-being of American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native arts and culture, and our work is deeply rooted in Indigenous values and place-based practices.

We strive to provide support and voice to creative Indigenous artists who share their inspiration, wisdom, knowledge and gifts with their communities. First Peoples Fund's grantmaking initiatives include the annual Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards, Artists in Business Leadership, Cultural Capital Fellowship, and Our Nation's Spaces.