Grant Programs


First Peoples Fund offers four different grant programs from Native artists and non-profit organizations dedicated to the preservation, advancement and well-being of American Indian arts and culture. Artists and organizations should be deeply rooted in Indigenous values and place-based practices. The four grant programs First Peoples Fund currently administers are:

Artist In Business Leadership
First Peoples Fund’s Artist in Business Leadership Program strives to cultivate entrepreneurial artists to a small business level—meaning that they have a consistent, reliable income, where business concepts are understood and applied.

Community Spirit Awards
Community Spirit Awards are national fellowship awards for established artists who have demonstrated substantial contributions to their community through their careers as artists. In the spirit of giving First Peoples Fund honors American Indian artists who exemplify their traditional cultural values and way of life through the sharing of their creative talents and skills with others in the community.

Cultural Capital
This program provides up to five artists per year the opportunity to further their important cultural work in their respective communities. The program is designed to support previous year Community Spirit Award recipients, and engage them in reinforcing their unique cultural contribution.

Our Nation’s Spaces
First Peoples Fund has partnered with The Ford Foundation to offer grants for as much as $20,000 to Diverse Arts Spaces and LINC Space for Change grantees through the innovative Our Nation’s Spaces Program. Present or commission work by Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian artists working in visual arts, dance, music and performance arts.

For more information about our grant programs, please contact Miranne Walker at (605) 348-0324 or