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First Peoples Fund

Cultural Capital Fellowship

Location: SD - Rapid City-Spearfish
Type: Residency / Fellowship
Category: Artist fellowship / artist-in-residence
Deadline: August 31, 2020

City: Rapid City, SD; open to any enrolled members or artists able to provide proof of lineal descendancy of a U.S. federally recognized tribe, a state recognized tribe, or be an Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian.
Stipend: $5,000 – $10,000, depending on funding available.
Is this a remote / WFH position? Yes

Opportunity description

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.

GRANT AMOUNT: $5,000 – $10,000, depending on funding available.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: The 2020 applications are open from June 15 to August 31, 2020. Please click here to access the application.


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.

Throughout this one-year program, fellows are offered tools, resources and capital to build on their own one-of-a-kind cultural contributions while also uncovering previously unrealized cultural potential.

Fellows will be required to attend a multi-day convening with the other artists and culture bearers selected for their fellowship year.

With over 50 Cultural Capital artist alumni, grant recipients have access to a large network of artists on the local and national levels. Eligible artists receive individualized technical assistance and professional development guidance, as well as up to $5,000 in working capital funds to offer artists an opportunity to delve deeper into their art – sharing their artistry with all who want to learn.


Our artist alumni perpetuate generosity, wisdom, and integrity within their communities and strengthen the Collective Spirit, achieving greater access to unrealized cultural potential.

Qualifications or requirements


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.

Previous First Peoples Fund Fellows must wait at least one year before applying again.


The Cultural Capital fellowship is specifically for artists who are grounded in the rich cultural heritage of their Tribal Nations. Artists should also:

  1. SHARE A COMMITMENT TO PASSING ON ANCESTRAL KNOWLEDGE and practices within their communities.

  2. HAVE A PLAN to document their ancestral knowledge for future generations.

  3. SEEK WAYS TO SUSTAIN CULTURE SHARING as a way of life within their tribal community.

How to apply

Apply here:

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