Graduate Funding Information Service

July 29, 2020

First Peoples Fund: Cultural Capital Fellowship

Application Deadline: August 31, 2020

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. 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.

The grant amount is $5,000 – $10,000, depending on funding available. 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.


  • 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.
  • Artists should also:
    • Share a commitment to passing on ancestral knowledge and practices within their communities.
    • Have a plan to document their ancestral knowledge for future generations.
    • Seek ways to sustain culture sharing as a way of life within their tribal community.

For more information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.