Press Release

NDN Collective Announces “Community Action Fund” for Indigenous Frontline Organizers

For Immediate RElease: April 22, 2022

Rapid City, SD – Today, NDN Collective announces the online grant portal for the Community Action Fund (CAF) which will provide modest, urgent response funding to direct action and frontline organizing across Turtle Island, also known as the post-colonial borders of North America. 

NDN Collective  is deeply committed and connected to the Indigenous movement space and what is happening on the ground for Indigenous activists. The CAF will help further Indigenous Peoples’ mobilization strategies as it relates to the defense, development, and decolonization of Indigenous peoples and the planet. $350,000 is available to support such efforts in 2022 with grants averaging $15,000 and ranging up to $30,000.

The Community Action Fund will support efforts that include community organizing, amplification of community voices, and a wide variety of tactics imperative to shifting the political and financial systems that are impacting Indigenous communities. 

“The Community Action Fund provides grants to groups and individuals most impacted by local challenges, ensuring that resources and decision-making ability lies with those most affected by the results, and most equipped to solve pressing challenges and address imminent threats,” said Gaby Strong, NDN Foundation Managing Director. “We prioritize frontline, grassroots and community-based efforts that defend our people, communities and Nations against negative resource extraction that poisons our people, pollutes our water, destroys our lands, contributes to climate change and violates our human rights.”

The Community Action Fund Grant is available on an ongoing basis as funds are available, with online applications due around the 1st of each month,  April – October.

For more information and to apply to the Community Action Fund

For questions and additional assistance contact:

English speaking applicants: Kami-Rae James, Program Officer, at 

Spanish speaking applicants: Nicole Yanes, Program Officer, at

Applicants from Canada (including French speakers): Dr. PennElys Droz, Program Officer, at 

General grant information (English or Spanish) Tina Kuckkahn, Director of Grantmaking, tina@ndncollective.og


NDN Collective is an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to building Indigenous power. Through organizing, activism, philanthropy, grantmaking, capacity-building, and narrative change, we are creating sustainable solutions on Indigenous terms.