• Community Development & Housing, focusing on affordable housing and community facilities;
  • Renewable Energy, focusing on community-owned and controlled renewable energy and a transition away from fossil fuels;
  • Resilient, Sustainable Infrastructure, focusing on roads, water, sewer, ecological wastewater, transmission lines, etc.;
  • Social Enterprise, focusing on innovative business ideas that offer clear social benefits with the potential to deliver services at scale; and
  • Regenerative Agriculture, focusing on innovations in technology, production, and supply chain that support local food systems and reduced climate impact
  • Native-Owned
  • Tribal Enterprises and/or Tribal Economic Development Corporations
  • Tribal Nations

NDN Collective’s commitment to a new and better normal is part of a long-term community resilience and sustainability model. NDN’s strategies of Defend, Develop, and Decolonize provide opportunities for more innovative and sustainable solutions led by a collective of Indigenous Peoples, communities, and nations. We believe this approach is necessary for justice and equity of all people and Mother Earth. Does your organization or Tribe’s mission and community work align with this mission?

NDN Collective defines Indigenous Peoples as ethnic communities whose ancestry descends from the earliest, original inhabitants of a given region, in contrast to groups that have settled, occupied, and/or colonized the region more recently. NDN 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.

Is your organization Indigenous-led, in accordance with the above definition?

Along with completing the loan application request, you will need to upload or submit the following (this list is not exhaustive and other documents may be required in the application portal). Let us know if you need help in applying!

  • Most current business plan
  • Last three years of business tax returns and/or audited financial statements
  • Most recent financials or financial projections (for startups)
  • Organizational documents
  • Current year annual budget
  • Resumes of management
  • The business is ready, has been ready, for a loan and it has a solid business plan.. 
  • There is a business idea, but not a business plan..
  • Not ready, need some support to move forward.


Using our Resilience Impact Assessment ©, NDN Fund selects potential borrowers and capacity building clients that show potential to have social and environmental impact that align with our values.