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Artist in Business Leadership Fellowship

Grants to USA Native Artists for Professional
Training and Business Development

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Foundation / Corporation

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First Peoples Fund

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Grants of up to $5,000 to USA individual Native artists for self-directed programs to enhance their business skills. Eligible artists will receive individualized technical assistance, professional development guidance, and working capital to begin or expand an arts business. The working capital funds are intended to support specific entrepreneurial initiatives that will enhance the artists' businesses and contribute to a consistent and reliable income for themselves and their families.

Through the Artists in Business Leadership and Cultural Capital Fellowships, First Peoples Fund partners with Native artists and culture bearers to strengthen their business skills and to ensure that art, culture and ancestral knowledge are passed from one generation to the next.

First Peoples Fund is excited to announce new developments in its fellowship programs beginning in 2018:

First Peoples Fund will continue its national programs with funding priorities to deepen its work in the following tribal communities: Colville, Pine Ridge, Blackfeet, Red Lake, Citizen Potawatomi, Hawai’i, Bering Strait Region, and Cheyenne River.

First Peoples Fund is also excited about expanding its ABL and CC fellowships into the Southwest region.

The Foundation extends a special invitation to Native performing artists from ALL states to apply for the fellowship programs. Performing artists from most traditional and contemporary art forms are encouraged to apply, including musicians, hip-hop artists, spoken word artists, dancers and performance groups emphasizing cultural tourism and/or sharing and teaching others within their communities.

Artists interested in applying for a fellowship should:
1) Be committed to pursuing art as a way to build a business and support themselves and their families.
2) Have a strong vision and articulated plan for implementing effective market strategies over the one-year fellowship period.
3) Explore new projects and works with this opportunity.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174427

Estimated Size of Grant:

The grants are up to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Programs should last for one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be an enrolled member or provide proof of lineal descendancy of a U.S. federally recognized tribe, a state recognized tribe, or be an Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: September 30, 2018 (Applications will open in July)
Selection Announcement: December 2018

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Want to discuss how you can apply for an Artists in Business Leadership fellowship? Call (605) 348-0324 or email at

First Peoples Fund
706 West Boulevard
Rapid City, South Dakota 57701

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming