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Fellowships to USA Descendants of Native American Tribes and
Hawaii and Alaska Natives to Share and Preserve Cultural Knowledge

Cultural Capital Fellowship Program

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First Peoples Fund (FPF)

Deadline Date:

08/05/22 11:59 PM MT


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Fellowships of up to $10,000 to USA individual members and descendants of a Native American tribe and Alaska and Hawaii Natives to sustain, preserve, and share cultural knowledge. The program will provide recipients with both financial and technical support. Recipients will be offered capital, resources, and tools to build cultural contributions. Fellows will be required to attend a multi-day convening with the other artists and culture bearers selected for their fellowship year.

It is critical that art, culture and ancestral knowledge are passed on from one generation to the next. Through First Peoples Fund’s Cultural Capital Fellowship Program, culture bearers in tribal communities receive financial and technical support to further their important work.

Artists in First Peoples Fund’s Cultural Capital fellowship strengthen the Collective Spirit® -- which manifests self-awareness and a sense of responsibility to sustain the cultural fabric of a community.

Ideal Cultural Capital applicants demonstrate the following: 

  • Are grounded in the rich cultural heritage of their Tribal Nations. 
  • Share a commitment to passing on ancestral knowledge and practices within their communities.
  • Have a plan to document their ancestral knowledge for future generations.
  • Seek ways to sustain cultural sharing as a way of life within their tribal community.
  • Must be committed to furthering their native artistic traditions and passing this knowledge and wisdom on to a larger community. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174413

Estimated Size of Grant:

Fellows receive: a $5,000 - $10,000 project grant, technical support and professional training to start or grow an arts business and to further their important work in their communities.

Term of Contract:

Award Year: January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

1. Must be at least 18 years of age at the time of application
2. 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.
3. Cannot apply to the same program in succession. For example, if you were a 2022 CC Fellow, you could not re-apply to the CC fellowship program in 2023.
4. If you are a previous grantee with FPF, you must have submitted a final report for any previously awarded FPF Grants.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Dates:
- Opening date: June 03, 2022
- Closing date: August 5, 2022, 11:59pm MT
- Selection Announcement: December 2022

Deadlines and more information can be found at:
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Contact Information:

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


Program Manager, Rachael Nez
(605) 863-9460.

First Peoples Fund
706 West Boulevard
Rapid City, SD 57701
P (605) 348-0324
F (605) 348-6594

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