First Nations Development Institute: Native Arts Initiative
The goal of the Native Arts Initiative (NAI) is to support the perpetuation and proliferation of Native American arts, cultures, and traditions as integral to Native community life. It does this by providing organizational and programmatic resources to Native-led organizations and tribal government programs that have existing programs in place that support Native artists and traditional arts in their communities.
Grants are intended to strengthen the organizational infrastructure and/or arts programming of Native museums and cultural centers, Native-controlled nonprofit organizations, and tribal government programs that have existing program initiatives in place that support Native arts and artists, increase access to and awareness of Native American art and artists, and/or increase the intergenerational transfer of knowledge of Native artistic and cultural practices through traditional Native American art mediums (e.g. beading, quilting, sculpture, woodworking, regalia-making, pottery, weaving, painting, quill work, jewelry-making, etc.).
Amount: Approximately 15 grants of up to $32,000 each will be awarded.
Eligibility: Tribal government programs, tribal and 7871 entities, Native-controlled nonprofit organizations, tribal museums and cultural and heritage centers (whether part of a tribe or structured as a Native-controlled nonprofit or a Tribal and 7871 entity); and Native-controlled community organizations. Applicants must be located in one of the following regions:
- Southwest (New Mexico, Arizona, and Southern California)
- Upper Midwest (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin)
- Pacific Northwest (Oregon and Washington)
Note: Native community organizations located in one of the eligible geographic regions may submit applications through an eligible sponsoring organization or tribe if the sponsor can provide written authorization confirming its willingness to act as the fiscal sponsor. First Nations defines “Native-controlled” as an organization in which a majority of the Board of Directors and leadership team are Native American, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian.
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