NDN Collective: Community Self Determination Grants
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. Grants are intended to support and invest in the long-term visions, sustainability, priorities, capacity and power building of Indigenous Nations, communities and Indigenous-led organizations, fortifying the self-determination of Indigenous Peoples to create a just, equitable, and sustainable world for all people and the planet. Significant, flexible, multi-year funding will include the infusion of general operating support, capacity building, capital, and holistic support for comprehensive initiatives and specific programs.
While the NDN Collective funds national efforts, it intentionally prioritizes grassroots, community-based efforts. Climate justice and Indigenous justice are at the heart of the intent behind the Community Self-Determination Grant.
Relationship is at the core of NDN Collective’s approach, encouraging systemic change and participation in which the people most affected take responsibility for one another and for changing systemic conditions. It is up to the community to determine the steps for true self-determination.
Applicants are encouraged to describe their community self-determination efforts within one of the following strategic focus areas that is best suited for their community’s intentions and goals. New or expanded initiatives, or power/capacity building of existing efforts and entities may also be supported.
1) Defend: Indigenous Peoples, communities and nations defend and protect our land, air, water and natural resources. Efforts may include but are not limited to:
Protecting and reclaiming lands, water, and natural resources, such as:
- Grassroots, frontline organizing and community mobilization to defend and protect clean water, air and land from extractive industries and exploitation.
- Indigenous-led environmental movements and efforts to stop the extraction of the earth’s natural resources on and near tribal territories.
- Direct action efforts of the climate and environmental justice movement.
2) Defend: Indigenous Peoples, communities and nations are developed in a resilient, regenerative and sustainable manner based on our values and connection to land, culture and identity. Efforts may include but are not limited to:
Community and economic development/resilience based on sustainable, regenerative principles, climate change solutions and mitigation; such as:
- Sustainable food systems, food sovereignty and security initiatives; sustainable community agriculture, gardens, food harvesting and processing; community hunting and fishing, sustainable herd management; shared community food pantries and food distribution;
- Community water initiatives; protecting or developing clean water sources; community pumps or wells, water purification and sanitation, ecological wastewater treatment systems, such as constructed wetlands, greywater systems, and composting toilet implementation, and bioremediation of contaminated soils and water;
- Community planning and implementation of sustainable, regenerative, and innovative solutions for community preparedness and resiliency;
- Renewable energy sources, i.e. wind, solar, geo-thermal;
- Energy transition that is environmentally, socially and economically just; that reduces carbon emissions and footprints; Net-Zero initiatives;
- Financial planning and transition to new or alternative revenue streams based on regenerative principles of economic and community development;
- Resilient and regenerative infrastructure improvements or development, including housing, broadband or increased internet speed and capacity; improved or upgraded software systems and technological training to support virtual and tele-abilities to learn, access health, conduct business; up-to-date communications access;
- Capital investments for economic mobility to diversify economies; long-term regenerative business development in various sectors, including decreasing risk of a larger investment; investments in building the capacity of people through education, training, and consulting to be well-equipped leaders in creating just, and resilient economies and infrastructure.
3) Decolonize: Indigenous ceremonies, cultures, languages and ways of life are revitalized, recognized, and celebrated. Efforts may include, but are not limited to:
Intergenerational transmission and continuity of language, culture, ceremonial practices, traditional governance and decision-making structures, and lifeways, such as:
- Governance and leadership transformation, transition or development grounded in Indigenous values and practices, including constitutional reforms, reintegration of traditional governance structures, or decentralized, consensus-based decision making practices;
- Indigenous health and safety; providing and reclamation of Indigenous health, wellness, community care, healing and medicinal practices, including social, emotional, and cultural support;
- Language revitalization – Community immersion programs; teacher preparation and language apprentice programs; family language nests;
- Decolonized education models;
- Youth, family and community initiatives to restore, renew and support Indigenous language, cultural practices, creativity and lifeways;
- Community harmony, safety and protection efforts, including addressing physical and sexual violence; Indigenous peace-making and conflict resolution initiatives, community restorative justice practices, protocols and teachings.
Amount: $200,000 over two years ($100,000 annually).
Eligibility: Tribes, First Nations, Inuit, Metis, and Indigenous-led nonprofit organizations across Turtle Island and beyond (American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), spanning North America and the post-colonial borders of the United States, Mexico and Canada. NDN Collective defines Indigenous-led as organizations or entities whose board or decision-making body composition is 100% Indigenous and whose staff composition is at least 70% Indigenous. While organizations with less than that composition may still choose to apply, it will be expected that plans for developing and empowering 100% Indigenous leadership and decision-making are included in the proposal.
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