From 2014 through early 2018, First Nations awarded 51 Supporting Native Arts grants totaling more than $1.4 million and ranging from $15,000 to $32,000 each to Native-led nonprofit organizations and tribal government programs serving Native American artists in three regions – the Upper Midwest (Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota), the Southwest (New Mexico, Arizona, and Southern California), and the Pacific Northwest (Oregon and Washington). Currently, the geographic restrictions on NAI funding opportunities stem from our donors’ allowable service areas.
NAI Supporting Native Arts grantees utilize their grant funds to strengthen both organizational and programmatic capacity including, for example, supporting Master-Apprentice Artist instruction, development of Native artists’ business skills, providing arts workshops and classes led by master artists, and convening local artists to inform policy work and arts curriculum creation, among others.
First Nations has also awarded more than 40 professional development mini-grants and travel stipends totaling more than $140,000 to Native-led nonprofit organizations and tribal programs in the NAI service area from 2014 through mid-2018. Grant recipients have utilized the mini-grants to attend conferences and trainings focused on a wide variety of professional development topics including strategic planning, fundraising, museum best practices, curating and archiving, digital marketing, financial management, board governance and financial oversight among others.
Grantee Training and Technical Assistance Opportunities
Besides direct project funding, First Nations provides NAI grantees with one-on-one technical assistance based on their needs identified in First Nations’ Capacity Survey Tool. Typically this technical assistance is delivered via in-person trainings conducted by First Nations and its partners.