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 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 the current grant cycle, First Peoples Fund will facilitate the partnership with Diverse Arts Space grantees, and a roster of First Peoples Fund artist fellows and alumni.

Eligibility
Applicants must be a Diverse Arts Spaces grantee, and be interested in presenting work by Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian artists. At least 35 percent of the funding must be used for artist fees. If commissioning a new work, at least 75 percent of the funding must be directed toward the commissioned artist’s creative fee.

Pick an artist
First Peoples Fund can collaborate with you on selecting a Native artist. Artists can be from any artistic medium, including visual arts, dance, music and performance arts... even stand-up comedy!

Selection process
A diverse panel of artists and presenting organization representatives will review the Our Nation’s Spaces applications. Criteria will be given to applicant organizations that demonstrate effectiveness of project’s goals and outcomes, ability to carry out the project, reasonable budget for scope of project, viability of the project’s prospects for completion and strength of marketing and outreach plan. Our Nation’s Spaces selected grantees will be notified mid-October.

Deadline
The application deadline is March 31, 2014. Projects must be completed by April 1, 2015.

Call for more information
Want to discuss your idea or have additional questions? Call Miranne Walker at (605) 348-0324 or miranne@firstpeoplesfund.org to get started now!