Grantmaking Opportunities

NDN grantmaking is intended to honor and advance the self-determination of Indigenous Peoples.  This includes flexible, unrestricted  and meaningful grant support.

NDN Collective Grantmaking Opportunities

Radical Imagination Artist Grants

Grant awards are provided to individual artists who are deeply engaged with their communities to inspire and develop radical, alternative visions for the future and who are emphasizing solution building  for Indigenous/Racial Justice.  

This includes Artists, Creatives, Culture-bearers, Storytellers of any genre who:

  • Are at any stage of their work life, but must have momentum, be visionary, and on a journey within a movement.
  • Have demonstrated experience in producing or co-designing community art projects.
  • Have experience in managing funds, including any tax obligations.
  • Have a willingness to participate in broader community dialogue or participatory research.

Grant cycle – Letters of Interest (LOI) process will open in March 2022, with full Grant Applications invited to those selected in late Spring 2022.  Radical Imagination Artists will be selected in August 2022 with the new cohort of artists beginning September 1, 2022.  For more information click here

Changemaker Fellowship

Indigenous Leaders working in their communities are provided with support to defend, develop or decolonize through one-year fellowships, providing investment in their leadership, personal and professional growth and development.. 

Grant cycle – Full applicationsLetters of Interest (LOI) process will open in September 2022, with full Grant Applications invited to those selected in November 2022. Changemaker Fellows selections will be made in February 2023 with the new cohort of fellows beginning April 1, 2023.

Community Self-Determination Grants

Grant awards are provided to Tribal Nations, communities and organizations as an investment in Indigenous power and a means to support and foster community based solutions and decision-making.  Significant, multi-year grant support is intended to advance community-based priorities and solutions most aligned with the strategies of  Defend, Develop and Decolonize.  A wide-range of priority areas can be supported, with an emphasis on regenerative principles of community growth and sustainability, particularly those that are addressing climate change. 

Grant cycle – Letters of Interest (LOI) process will open in June 2022, with full Grant Applications invited to those selected in early September 2022. Community Self-Determination Grant  selections will be made in October  2022 with grant terms beginning November 1, 2022. For more information click here.

Community Action Fund

Frontline organizers and movements are supported in their work to defend, develop and decolonize.  Modest urgent response grants 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. Periodic Online Grant Application expected to open in April 2022.  

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