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NDN Collective announces 2023 Community Self-Determination application grant period

by | Apr 4, 2023 | Civic and Community Engagement | 0 comments

NDN Collective, an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to building Indigenous power, announces the second year of its open application period for the Community Self-Determination Grant offered to Indigenous communities throughout Turtle Island, also known as North America. This includes Tribes, First Nations, Inuit, Metis, and Indigenous-led nonprofit organizations across the post-colonial borders of the continental US, Canada, Mexico, Islands of Hawaii, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the US Virgin Islands. Community Self-Determination Grants are intended to support community-based and community-driven sustainable solutions in all three of NDN Collective’s core strategies to Defend, Develop, and Decolonize.  

Whether it’s protecting land and water, developing sustainable food systems, or revitalizing Indigenous languages and lifeways, Community Self-Determination Grants support community priorities on community terms.

“NDN’s Community Self Determination Program each year is in solidarity and partnership with more Indigenous communities, tribes, and organizations who are transforming the current power structures through Indigenous peoples exercising their inherent and collective right to self-determination, “ said Nicole Yanes, NDN Collective Director of Grantmaking. “We are seeing an enormous amount of Indigenous people who are working on defending, developing, and decolonizing that involves all generations in their communities to build the more equitable future we dream, so we people can say with certainty that Indigenous peoples are the future and that our best days are being born at this moment in our territories and communities.”

Significant, flexible, multi-year funding will include the infusion of general operating support, power and capacity building, capital, and holistic support for comprehensive initiatives, specific programs, and community development based on regenerative principles. Grants of $100,000 per year, with commitments of two years, are available to Indigenous-led organizations working in the defense, development, or decolonization of Indigenous Peoples and the planet. The maximum grant award is $200,000 over two years.  

“Providing flexible, unrestricted funding to Nations, organizations, and grass-roots community groups funnels resources where it’s needed to build power in our Indigenous communities,” said Janet Maylen, NDN Foundation Program Officer. “This rematriation of wealth empowers our communities towards the path of true self-determination.” 

To apply, applicants must first complete an Initial Application, which can be accessed on the Community Self-Determination Grant portal. $4 million in funding is available, and while national organizations are eligible to apply, NDN prioritizes community-based efforts. 



William-Jose Velez Gonzalez

William-Jose Velez Gonzalez

William-José Vélez González is a native from Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, and a graduate from Florida International University in biomedical engineering, engineering management, and international relations. A designer with a strong interest in science, policy, and innovation, he previously served as the national executive vice president of the Puerto Rico Statehood Students Association. William-José lives in Washington, DC, where he works at the Children's National Research Institute and runs Opsin, a nonprofit design studio dedicated to making design more accessible. You can see him on Love is Blind as Lydia's brother. He is the founder and Editor in Chief of Pasquines.


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