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Awards to USA Native Artists for Outstanding
Commitment to Arts and Native Culture

Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards

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First Peoples Fund (FPF)

Deadline Date:

08/05/22 11:59 PM MT


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Awards of $25,000 to USA Native artists to recognize outstanding commitment to the arts. The purpose of this program is to honor established artists in a wide range of artistic disciplines that promote understanding of the cultural values and creative practices of their People. Nominations are invited on behalf of established artists that are enrolled members, or are descendants of, a federally recognized tribe, a state-recognized tribe, or are an Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian.

Each year, First Peoples Fund honors and celebrates exceptional Native artists and culture bearers across the country through the Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards. These artists embody their People's cultural assets in their creations and their way of life. The Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Award recognizes artists who: 

  • Demonstrate an artistic practice that passes on the traditions and the lifeways of the people.
  • Show a commitment to building the strength of Native communities by sharing their skills and talents with others in their respective communities;
  • Are deeply rooted and maintain direct ties to their tribal community. 

Bringing spirit to the community is an important responsibility for artists — it is part of a sacred honor system. Through this award, First Peoples Fund strengthens that honor system by recognizing exceptional artists who have worked selflessly throughout their lives to weave their cultural knowledge and ancestral gifts into their communities. 

Honorees are selected for sustaining and growing to understand the creative practices and cultural values of their People. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183961

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each honoree will receive a grant of $25,000 to continue carrying on their work.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nominees for the Community Spirit Award must be:
- Demonstrated maturity in their field.
- Continually practicing artist for a minimum of 10 years.
- 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.

Note: First Peoples Fund recognizes contemporary and traditional forms of Visual Arts, Performing Arts and Literary Arts.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Dates:
- Part I - Nominator Application Deadline: August 5th, 2022 11:59 pm MT
- Part II - Nominee Application Deadline: August 31st, 2022 by 11:59 pm MT

Selection Announcement: December 2022

Anyone can nominate a Native artist for the Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awards. Nominators tend to be students, mentees, colleagues, and tribal elders

The nominator is encouraged to work collaboratively with their nominee to complete all application materials. Before applying on behalf of another individual, you must contact the nominee in advance to fully discuss the guidelines of the Jennifer Easton Community Spirit Awardee.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit a Nomination Online:

For questions, please contact Rachael Nez, Program Manager of Fellowships by calling 605-863-9460 or by emailing

First Peoples Fund
706 West Boulevard
Rapid City, SD

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