First Nations Invites Applications for Native Arts Program

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.

Grant Overview

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:

  1. Upper Midwest (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin);
  2. Southwest (New Mexico, Arizona and Southern California). For a list of eligible tribal communities in Southern California, please click here.
  3. 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.

USDA Value Added Producer Grants Available

When farmers and entrepreneurs take raw agricultural products, like vegetables or grains, and turn them into something “value-added”, like salsa or bread, they have an opportunity to improve their own incomes they become eligible for the USDA’s Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program. This program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of new products. The goals of this program are to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities, and increase producer income.
Applicants may receive priority if they are a beginning farmer or rancher, a socially-disadvantaged farmer or rancher, a small or medium-sized farm or ranch structured as a family farm, a farmer or rancher cooperative, or are proposing a mid-tier value chain. Notices for applications are published in the Federal Register and posted on Grants.gov.