Rapid City, SD — In recognition of winning a 2014 Bush Prize for Community Innovation, this grant will advance this organization's charitable purpose
First Peoples Fund set out nearly 20 years ago to devise an approach that empowers Native artists to be culture bearers and leaders of social change in their communities.
Today, First Peoples Fund empowers Lakota, Dakota, Nakota and Ojibwe artists through a combination of financial support, mentoring and entrepreneurship opportunities. The program helps revitalize cultures while providing artists with tools to grow as creative leaders and financially support themselves, their families and their communities.
Recognized nationally as a leader in its field, First Peoples Fund is sharing its model across the country, working with other Native communities to provide artists with access to knowledge, materials, networks, capital and markets.