We support Native artists in the United States whose innovative and multifaceted approaches to literature, dance, visual arts, film, storytelling, music, and traditional arts:

– Strengthen culture
– Foster creativity and economic opportunity
– Impact issues of social progress, environmental sustainability, and cultural equity

Sonya Kelliher-Combs (Iñupiaq/Athabaskan) was awarded a 2011 NACF Artist Fellowship in Visual Arts.

Who can apply for a Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) Artist Fellowship?

At times of open calls, the criteria for eligible applicants will be outlined on our online application.


How do I apply for a NACF Artist Fellowship?

Open Calls for applications are periodically announced by the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation – we recommend signing up for our e-newsletter so you’ll be the first to know when a regional or national Open Call begins.

At times of open calls, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation accepts only electronic grant applications. Regretfully, we cannot accept paper applications.


What Open Calls for individual artists are currently available?

The call for 2020 Mentor Artist Fellowship submissions closed on September 30, 2019. Please sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media to stay informed on the next opportunity.

How are Fellows selected?

A volunteer review panel of art peers and professionals review the applications for recommendation to the foundation’s Board of Directors.