This grant opportunity will provide Tribal Nations, communities and organizations as an investment in Indigenous power and a means to foster equity and inclusion, and to reframe decision-making with those most impacted.


Opens May 29, 2024  and Closes on July 17, 2024 @ 5pm US CST. 

Registration Closes Monday, July 15, 2024 at 5pm CST US. Final Selections will be made by early to mid-September, 2024. Community Self Determination Grant starts on October 15, 2024.


The Community Self-Determination grant program invests in the self-determination of Indigenous people working in their community to Defend, Develop, and Decolonize. Community Self-Determination Grants are intended to support, strengthen and invest in the long-term visions, sustainability, and building of collective power of Indigenous Tribal Nations, Pueblos, tribal communities, grassroots movements and Indigenous-led organizations. Climate and Indigenous justice are at the heart of the intent behind the Community Self-Determination Grant.

For greater impact, flexible, multi-year funding will provide transformative, strategic investments to community based efforts. While we consider national efforts, we intentionally prioritize grassroots, community-based efforts and solutions. 

The best days of our people are ahead of us. To truly believe this as Indigenous people, we have to imagine the future of our people and take action towards this vision.


Applicants are encouraged to describe your community self-determination efforts within one of the following strategic focus areas that is best suited for your intentions and goals.  We understand some efforts may encompass all three focus areas and encourage applicants to select the area that best suits your work. For the 2024-2026 round of Community Self-Determination, we will prioritize (up to 50% of total grants awarded) organizations engaged in climate justice work, such as clean energy initiatives and access to clean water, soil, and air for all.

  • 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 sovereignty, Landback efforts, Water, and Natural Resources, etc;

  • DEVELOP – 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; etc;

  • 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, etc.


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