Cultural Capital Grant Program


First Peoples Fund’s Cultural Capital Program provides tradition bearers of tribal communities the opportunity to further their important cultural work. The program is designed to support previous year Community Spirit Award recipients allowing them to commit more time in teaching and sharing their ancestral knowledge and practices with others who want to learn.

The grant program aids artists in developing local networks for leveraging other resources and provides technical assistance and capacity building support as needed by the master artist/teacher. First Peoples Fund is interested in Cultural Capital projects that will impact the next generation through reciprocity and community spirit. Examples of this include:

  • Passing on knowledge—as mentors and leaders
  • Documentation for the next seven generations to access this knowledge
  • Artists as cultural resources


  • Artist applicants must be a past First Peoples Fund Community Spirit Award recipient, a Community Spirit Award nominee finalist, or a member of a Northern Great Plains tribe located in South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Western Dakota of Minnesota, Nebraska; the Eastern Plateau region of Idaho, Oregon and Washington; a tribe from the Great Lakes Region of Minnesota, Michigan, or Wisconsin; a tribe belonging to the U.S. Eastern Seaboard states; Oklahoma; Native Hawaiian; or, an Alaska Native Tribe
  • Affiliated Canadian First Nations artist applicants are eligible.

  • Applicants may also be invited by FPF or nominated by a Community Spirit Award recipient.

Grant amount

Application deadline September 15th

Click HERE for Application details!

Got questions?
For more information, please contact Jessica Miller at (605) 348-0324 or