Community Action Fund

Modest urgent response grants ($15,000-30,000) are provided to groups and individuals most impacted by local challenges, ensuring that resources and decision-making ability lies with those most affected by the results and most equipped to solve immediate challenges.

NDN Collective Community Action Fund

Breaking Down NDN Collective’s Community Action Fund Grant Opportunity

NDN Collective supports on the ground action to further our mission to build the collective power of Indigenous Peoples, communities and Nations to exercise our inherent right to self-determination while fostering a world that is built on a foundation of justice and equity for all people and the planet.  We believe in, invest in, and support Indigenous self-determination.

We support frontline organizers, action and movements in their work to:

Defend

Indigenous Peoples, communities and Nations defend and protect our land, air, water, and natural resources.  

Develop

Indigenous Peoples, communities, and Nations are developed in a regenerative and sustainable manner based on our values and connection to land, culture and identity.

Decolonize

Indigenous ceremonies, cultures, languages, and ways of life are revitalized, recognized and celebrated.

Community Action Fund (CAF) Purpose & Intent

CAF provides urgent response grants to groups and individuals most impacted by local challenges, ensuring that resources and decision-making ability lies with those most affected by the results and most equipped to solve  pressing challenges and address imminent threats. CAF prioritizes frontline, grassroots and community-based efforts that defend our people, communities and nations against negative resource extraction that poisons our people, pollutes our water, destroys our lands, contributes to climate change and violates our human rights. 

What does support look like

CAF will support efforts that include community organizing, amplification of community voices, and utilize a wide variety of tactics imperative to shifting the political and financial systems that are impacting our communities.

Areas of emphasis may include: climate justice and racial equity efforts, challenging the extractive industry, accelerating the just energy transition in Indigenous communities, healing justice work within the movement, training the next generation of community organizers, and specific Landback efforts that connect, coordinate, resource and amplify the movement and communities that are fighting for Landback; the reclamation and return of Indigenous lands to Indigenous hands.  Direct expenses may include funding for travel, supplies, equipment, consultants, contractual services and staff that support various forms of NVDA (non-violent direct action), i.e.;  marches, camps, boycotts, prayer vigils as a form of resistance, organizing or protest to affect change.  Action may also include community-based response to climate events such as flooding, fires, earthquakes.

Grant Eligibility

Your organization must meet the following requirements:

1. Align with NDN Collective’s mission to build the collective power of Indigenous peoples, communities, and nations to exercise our inherent right to self-determination, while fostering a world that is built on a foundation of justice and equity for all people and the planet

2. Based in and serving an Indigenous community or population in the US (including American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands), Mexico or Canada

3. Staff comprised of 70% Indigenous peoples, who represent and are accountable to the communities that are served

4. Board of Directors comprised of 100% Indigenous peoples

5. Actively engages Indigenous community members in determining priorities and implementing programs

6. IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status or a fiscal sponsor who does (Or the equivalent in your country, if you are not based in the US).

Key Considerations

A viable Community Action effort must have the following attributes in order to be considered:

Q: What kinds of activities are supported by the Community Action Fund? What does “direct action” mean?

CAF will support efforts that include community organizing, amplification of community voices, and utilize a wide variety of tactics imperative to shifting the political and financial systems that are impacting our communities. 

Areas of emphasis may include: climate justice and racial equity efforts, challenging the extractive industry, accelerating the just energy transition in Indigenous communities, healing justice work within the movement, training the next generation of community organizers, and specific Landback efforts that connect, coordinate, resource and amplify the movement and communities that are fighting for Landback; the reclamation and return of Indigenous lands to Indigenous hands.  Direct expenses may include funding for travel, supplies, equipment, consultants, contractual services and staff that support various forms of NVDA (non-violent direct action), i.e.;  marches, camps, boycotts, prayer vigils as a form of resistance, organizing or protest to affect change.  Action may also include community-based response to climate events such as flooding, fires, earthquakes. 

The Community Action Fund does not support:

Grant Amount:

The average grant award is $15,000 but can range up to $30,000.

How to Apply for the Community Action Fund

April through October Grant Applications can be submitted by clicking on the following link:

Timeline and Due Dates

The Community Action Fund Grant is available on an ongoing basis as funds are available, with online applications due by October 31, 2022. 

Community Action Fund grant inquiries November -March can be made at:  [email protected]

NDN Foundation staff team will review grant application materials and can be expected to respond within 3 weeks of receipt. CAF grantees selected will sign a grant agreement and submit payment information. A final report will be due within one month of completion of the grant term.

For more grants information contact:

English speaking applicants: Kami-Rae James, Program Officer, at kamirae@ndncollective.org 

Spanish speaking applicants: Nicole Yanes, Program Officer, at [email protected]

Applicants from Canada (including French speakers): Dr. PennElys Droz, Program Officer, at [email protected] 

General grant information (English or Spanish) Tina Kuckkahn, Director of Grantmaking, [email protected]

Fluxx Portal Technical Support: [email protected]

All other general grant inquiries: [email protected]

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