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Deadline: August 31, 2015

Common Counsel Foundation and Native Americans in Philanthropy: Native Voices Rising

Native Voices Rising (NVR) is a project of Common Counsel Foundation and Native Americans in Philanthropy. NVR is an innovative community-guided grantmaking collaborative designed to support organizing, advocacy and voter engagement in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities.

In 2015, NVR will prioritize funding for Native-led organizing and advocacy groups that are actively utilizing civic or voter engagement strategies. NVR defines civic engagement as the collective action taken by an organized and informed group of residents to promote public policy or advocate for change to governmental practices in order to advance solutions to the problems confronting their communities. Voter engagement focuses more specifically on voter education, registration, get-out-the-vote, or protecting access to the electoral process.

Amount: 3-5 grants of $5,000-$10,000 each will be made.

Eligibility: Native American organizations based in the U.S., with leaders and board members comprised of at least 51% Native Americans. Organizations should have a leadership development or political education program for Native community members; a clear vision and strategy for improving the wellbeing of the community; it should engage Native community members in determining priorities and the focus of its programs; engage a significant number of community members to take collective action to address community needs; and seek to change or improve the policies or rules that impact the local community.

Link: http://www.nativevoicesrising.org/

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