2022 OPEN CALL: LIFT Program Applications

LIFT – Early Career Support for Native Artists

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is now accepting applications for the LIFT–Early Career Support for Native Artists program, a one-year award and early career support program for emerging Native artists to develop and realize new projects. The program’s focus is to provide financial support and professional development to artists whose work aims to uplift communities and advance positive social change.

Eligible applicants must be individual Native artists working in dance/choreography, fiction/poetry writing, film/video, multi-disciplinary arts, music, performance art, theater and screenplay writing, traditional arts, or 2D + 3D visual arts. Artist applicant must be an enrolled member or citizen of a federally-recognized or state-recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native corporation, or of Native Hawaiian ancestry. We encourage artists to apply who are shaping their practices and for whom the award may serve as a launching point in their career.

LIFT is a monetary award of $10,000 for a proposed project with a required minimum of $3,000 earmarked for the artist’s benefit and wellbeing. Up to twenty artists will be selected to receive LIFT awards. CLICK HERE for a full description of the LIFT program.



NACF is now accepting applications for the LIFT program until March 16, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific time.

Notifications will be sent in late July 2022.

Download a pdf of the LIFT open call flyer.

Have questions about the application process? Watch a recording of our informational webinar.
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