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The NDN COVID-19 Response Project

The NDN Covid-19 Response Project

The NDN Collective’s COVID-19 Response Project is designed to provide immediate relief to some of the most underserved communities in the country. NDN’s intent is to quickly distribute resources to frontline organizations, Tribes and individuals to provide gap services during this health crisis, and to artists and entrepreneurs who have suffered the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Phase I Completed

Over $2,300,000 awarded to more than 80 partners in 19 states.

NDN’s COVID-19 Response Project Phase I essential service grant opportunity for Tribes and Frontline Organizations has completed and no new applications are being accepted. In Phase I, our intent was to quickly mobilize and secure resources to respond to the COVID-19 health crisis that is uniquely impacting Indian Country. NDN is honored to quickly deploy over $2.3 million in the last month to outstanding programs and projects providing essential service support across Indian Country.

NDN approved more than $2,300,000 in grants to more than 80 partners in 19 states, including over 16 tribal entities, impacting over 200 Indigenous communities across North America.

As part of our continued work to build Indigenous power, NDN is engaged with many philanthropic partners to ensure Indigenous communities are centered during this pandemic and the health of our communities is a priority. NDN intends to continue offering essential service grants for Tribes and Frontline Organizations in future phases of the COVID-19 Response Project. Please check back soon for additional information.

Remember! Grant applications for Indigenous Artists and Entrepreneurs are still being accepted and NDN has an open Request for Information for Indigenous consultants with a history of successfully working with tribes.

Additional grant opportunities for transition and recovery planning in Indigenous communities will be shared in future phases of the COVID-19 Response Project.

NDN wishes thanks to all of our community, philanthropic partners and peers throughout Indian Country that have played an active role in our response to the coronavirus.

For general grant information:

Artist and Entrepreneur Fund

NDN Collective stands in solidarity with Indigenous artists, entrepreneurs and small businesses who are uniquely affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic—health crisis. The NDN COVID-19 Response Project is designed to provide rapid response resources to Indigenous artists, entrepreneurs and small businesses bracing from economic contractions and stresses to their daily business operations, solvency and future growth. The Artist and Entrepreneur Fund will provide grants of up to $5,000 to ease these current hardships in this time of economic uncertainty. These grants are defined as follows:

Indigenous Artist: An individual or entity engaged in creating, practicing, or demonstrating art as part of one’s livelihood or income generation. All art forms and genres are eligible, including but not limited to digital design, jewelry making, traditional or culturally significant art forms, fashion, music, media production, tactile or other 3D or 2D art forms.

Indigenous-led Small Businesses: All businesses under 500 employees, including both registered and unregistered businesses, self-employed businesses and independent contractors, and consultants.

NDN understands that the current economic climate is impacting many Indigenous Artists, Entrepreneurs and small businesses. Business income and livelihood are being impacted for many reasons including a decline in service requests, decline in sales, supply chain issues, venue cancellations, exhibition/show or vendor cancellations. This grant opportunity may help alleviate the current pressures on Indigenous artists, entrepreneurs and small businesses and strengthen their solvency in these uncertain times.

Request for Information from Qualified Vendors for Support Services

This Request for Information (RFI) is being issued to solicit input via capability statements from interested parties with the specialized capabilities necessary to meet all or part of the major elements of scope. NDN Partners is seeking information from contractors and other interested parties regarding options for innovative approaches for the performance of the major elements of scope as well as insight into potential contracting alternatives.

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Grant Application and Review Process

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Grant Applications for NDN COVID-19 Response Grants can be submitted immediately. Grant review and funding notifications will occur on a weekly basis through the end of May 2020. Follow the link and prompts for Grant Application instructions and submission.

  1. Click “Apply Now”
  2. Scroll down and on the right hand side under "Create Your Profile" click on "Create an Account - NDN COVID 19 Response Grants."
  3. You will then be prompted to answer an eligibility question.
  4. Then you will be asked to submit registration information. Once completed and submitted a new screen will open letting you know we’ll be in touch shortly with login information.
  5. Once you receive your login information you may begin your application by selecting "Create an Account - NDN COVID 19 Indigenous Artists and Entrepreneurs" option to start.
Organization Operating budget Eligibility
Indigenous-led organizations, Tribes, and individuals
below 500k
Eligible for grants averaging $15,000
Indigenous-led organizations, Tribes, and individuals
above 500k
Eligible for grants ranging from $50,000 to $100,000
Indigenous artists and entrepreneurs
Not applicable
Eligible for grants averaging $5,000 (80 available)

Native/Indigenous COVID-19 Resources

Spreadsheet to track and share resouces and campaigns that are for Native and Indigenous communities. In addtion, we are tracking media coverage of COVID19 in Native communties and territories.

COVID-19 x Native America Facts and Figures

A comprehensive list of COVID-19 facts that pertain to Native American communities.

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NDN Collective Director of Grantmaking

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NDN Collective Director of Advancement

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NDN Collective Director of Communications

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