Native Arts Capacity Building Initiative (NACBI)
About the NACBI
First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) works to build healthy economies in Indian Country based on strategies that emphasize Native communities controlling their assets of production. Today, there is an unprecedented opportunity to increase market opportunities and access among artists in Native communities by helping position them to produce, market and sell their art while at the same time supporting art as an integral cultural asset in Native communities.
First Nations believes that Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal government programs represent key institutional assets of tribes and play an essential role in supporting the field of Native arts and artists who are striving for economic self-sufficiency and cultural preservation. First Nations established the NATIVE ARTS CAPACITY BUILDING INITIATIVE (NACBI) in 2014 with the goal of increasing the organizational, managerial and programmatic capacity of these Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal government programs in an effort to enhance their long-term sustainability and stability as they work to meet the needs of their constituent artists. The NACBI is supported by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation along with contributions from tribal, corporate and individual supporters.
NACBI Funding Opportunities
In October 2014, First Nations kicked off its inaugural NACBI grantmaking cycle, awarding six grants to Native arts capacity building programs in the four-state region of Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota, for a total of $180,000. First Nations will award additional Native arts capacity building grants in 2015 and 2016.
In addition to the organizational and programmatic capacity building grants under the NACBI, First Nations will award several mini-grants to Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and Native arts markets in the four-state region of Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota in early 2015 to support professional development of leadership and staff. Grant recipients will be able to utilize the mini-grants to attend professional development meetings, conferences and other trainings.
NACBI-funded projects cover a variety of areas, including developing Native artists’ business skills, art gallery revitalization efforts, creating sustainable business and marketing plans for grantee organizations, establishing Artists Divisions within grantee organizations to bolster the organizational focus on art entrepreneurs, developing and implementing reservation-wide arts marketing programs, receiving grantwriting and other fundraising training to better position organizations to expand their revenue base, and attending national arts conferences and trainings to expand grantee organizations’ networks and opportunities.
NACBI Grantee Training and Technical Assistance Opportunities
Besides direct project funding, First Nations provides NACBI grantees with one-on-one technical assistance based on their needs identified in First Nations’ Capacity Assessment Tool. Grantees will also receive scholarships to attend one of two small regional capacity building trainings in 2015. Finally, grantees will have the opportunity to send a representative from their organizations to participate in First Nations’ annual L.E.A.D. Institute Conference. First Nations will be holding its 20th Annual L.E.A.D. Institute Conference September 23-24, 2015, at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino in Santa Fe, New Mexico (pre-conference sessions for NACBI grantees will begin on September 22). The conference is a key part of the L.E.A.D. Institute (Leadership and Entrepreneurial Apprenticeship Development program), and is an intensive learning, mentoring and networking event for emerging and existing leaders and staff members of Native nonprofits, tribal government programs, and philanthropic professionals.
2014 NACBI Grantees