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First People's Funds

Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Award

Location: South Dakota
City: Rapid City, SD
Type: Grant / Fellowship / Award
Any discipline

Other Criteria:
No entry fee required
Open to artists nationally
Paid opportunity


Named after FPF’s founder, the annual Community Spirit Awards program offers grants of $50,000 to four to six Native artists who have worked selflessly throughout their lives to share their cultural knowledge and ancestral gifts with their communities. The award is designed to support these essential bearers of cultural practice to carry forward their wisdom and help Native communities heal and thrive.

The award is given out by nomination only to practicing Native artists of any medium, including music, dance, clothing design, basket weaving, beading, storytelling and much more, in both traditional and contemporary forms.

Those who are considered for the award must be deeply rooted in their communities, have a demonstrated commitment to their art and be engaged in their work for at least 10 years. Nominees must be enrolled tribe members 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.