About First Nations Development Institute & the Native Arts Initiative (NAI)
For 37 years, First Nations Development Institute (First Nations), a Native-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, has worked to strengthen American Indian economies to support healthy Native communities by investing in and creating innovative institutions and models that strengthen asset control and support economic development for American Indian people and their communities. First Nations began its national grantmaking program in 1993. Through mid-year 2017, we have successfully managed 1,345 grants totaling more than $28.9 million to tribal and community institutions across Indian Country. For more information, visit www.firstnations.org.
First Nations established the Native Arts Initiative (NAI) (formerly called the Native Arts Capacity Building Initiative) in 2014 with the goal of stimulating long-term perpetuation, proliferation and revitalization of artistic and cultural assets in Native communities. The NAI is working to achieve this by strengthening the enabling environments in which Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal programs operate to support emerging and established Native artists and sustain traditional Native arts in their communities.
Under the NAI, First Nations provides selected grantees with organizational and programmatic resources, including direct grants and technical assistance and training. Since 2014, First Nations has awarded more than $1 million in grant funds to a variety of eligible Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal government programs under the NAI.
First Nations is pleased to announce this 2017 NAI request for proposals (RFP). Native-controlled nonprofits and tribal government programs located in one of the following regions are eligible to apply for an NAI Supporting Native Arts Grant as part of this current funding cycle:
- Upper Midwest (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin);
- Southwest (New Mexico, Arizona and Southern California). For a list of eligible tribal communities in Southern California, please click here.
- Pacific Northwest (Oregon and Washington)
During this funding cycle, First Nations will distribute approximately 15 Supporting Native Arts Grants of up to $32,000 each.
Selected Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal government programs must have existing program initiatives in place supporting Native artists and the field of traditional Native arts, as well as a demonstrated commitment to increasing the intergenerational transfer of knowledge of traditional Native artistic practices and perpetuation and proliferation of traditional Native arts.
To learn more about First Nations’ Native Arts Initiative, please visit the First Nations’ website here.
The grant period for this funding opportunity will commence December 1, 2017, and end November 30, 2018.
Grant Award Ceilings
Total requests for project budgets within this funding opportunity should not exceed $32,000.
Grant Submission Deadline
Applications are due Thursday, October 19, 2017, no later than 5:00 p.m. Mountain Time. Unfortunately, First Nations cannot make any exceptions to the application deadline. Partial applications, incomplete applications due to user error, or faxed/emailed/mailed applications will not be considered unless they have received prior approval.
Application Review and Selection Timeline
First Nations will make final selections and notify all applicants regarding the status of their proposal on or before November 30, 2017. Notifications will be emailed to the project contact listed in the application. If you do not receive an email notification by this date, please contact email@example.com.
To download a PDF version of this RFP, please click here.