NDN Prize

NDN Foundation offers an annual $1,000,000 discretionary award to an Indigenous-led organization to recognize, celebrate, and uplift exemplary models of Indigenous self-determination, innovation, and creativity and show what is possible when Indigenous Peoples are supported.  

NDN Foundation offers an annual $1,000,000 discretionary award to an Indigenous-led organization to recognize, celebrate, and uplift exemplary models of Indigenous self-determination, innovation, and creativity and show what is possible when Indigenous Peoples are supported.  The funding pool for the Prize is a collaborative contribution by multiple Indigenous Nations, making this a unique and impacting example of Indigenous peoples funding Indigenous peoples.

Eligibility

This opportunity is open to organizations working in the defense, development, and/or decolonization of Indigenous people who meet the following criteria:

Regional

Organization in Canada, the United States, the Islands of Puerto Rico, Hawaii, Guam, and American Samoa, and Mexico.

Indigenous-led

100% of Board of Directors and 70% of staff are Indigenous people

Accountable

Demonstrated accountability to the community/communities served.

Have not previously won the NDN Prize (runners-up encouraged to re-apply)

Exemplary ability to defend, develop, and/or decolonize Native people

Exemplary ability to work across NDN interest areas of defend, develop, decolonize (strongest applicants will be working in all three)

Commitment to self-determination as demonstrated by an ability to determine and work towards their community’s top priorities.

Demonstrated ability to effectively utilize and/or leverage large, unrestricted grant

Commitment to self-determination as demonstrated by an ability to determine and work towards their community’s top priority

Demonstrated ability and exciting plan to effectively utilize and/or leverage an unrestricted $1,000,000 prize 

Alignment with NDN Collective’s cultural values and norms, including:

The interconnectedness of all things

Indigenous self-determination

Equity and justice for all people and the planet

Application Process

Jade Begay
DR. PennElys Droz

For more information, please contact our Director of NDN Changemaker Fellowship Program, PennElys Droz, at pennelys@ndncollective.org

NDN Collective
NDN Collective

We are unapologetically, unabashedly, NDN. United like never before, we rise together—arm in arm—to equip all Indigenous Peoples with the tools needed to become architects of our future.