Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. Can I mail in my application? Unfortunately, we do not accept mail-in applications. Applications will only be accepted through
  2. What is the selection process? NACF staff review for eligibility criteria, adequacy of work samples and application completeness then invite art peers and professionals in relevant art fields to review and make recommendations for NACF board approval.
  3. What is the eligibility to apply for the National Artist Fellowship? Eligible applicants will be Native artists who both reside in the U.S. and are enrolled citizens of a U.S. federally or state recognized American Indian Nation, Alaska Native Corporation or with other documentation of Native Hawaiian ancestry.  
  4. What is the eligibility to apply for the Mentor Artist Fellowship? Eligible applicants must be at least a five-year resident of, and enrolled in an American Indian tribe or Alaska Native corporation located in Alaska, Arizona, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Southern California (Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties), Washington or Wisconsin. This is a regional fellowship that targets the Pacific Northwest, Southwest and Upper Midwest.
  5. I am Native, Indigenous from another country, may I apply? According to our Board's standing policy set in 2009, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation is able to award grants to Native artists who both reside in and have ancestry in the United States with any of the U.S. Federally or State recognized tribes, Alaska Native Corporations or with documented Native Hawaiian ancestry.
  6. Can I submit more than one application? NACF will only accept only one application per Fellowship call for submissions. You may apply to different Fellowships, if there are any open for submission at the same time.
  7. Why won’t my files upload? Most issues with file uploads are caused by using Internet Explorer or Safari. Try switching to Chrome or Firefox. Also, note that only the following files types are accepted:
    • Image: JPEG, JPG
    • Audio: MP3
    • Video: MOV, MPV, MP4
    • Written Document: DOC, PDF

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