Press Release

NDN Collective Announces the 2023 Radical Imagination Grant Open Application Period

For Immediate Release: February 22, 2023

Rapid City, SD – NDN Collective, an Indigenous-led organization dedicated to building Indigenous power, announces its fourth open application period for the Radical Imagination grant offered to artists, culture bearers and storytellers who are Indigenous to the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Islands of Hawai’i, Boriken/Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Radical Imagination Grants are intended to support Indigenous artists, artist partnerships/cooperatives and small nonprofits to imagine, design and create projects that propose solutions to our most intractable societal problems. Artists that have and can radically imagine a new future, a  better normal, and a just world for all people and Mother Earth are called upon to bring their words, their stories, their art, their dance, their songs and action to NDN Collective’s Radical Imagination.

“We are excited to announce important changes to the program this year. For the first time, individual artists, artist collectives, artist businesses and small Indigenous arts nonprofits may apply. Grant support in the amount of $100,000 over two years will provide a longer-term investment into the creative initiatives that artists propose,” said NDN Collective Associate Director, Tina Kuckkahn (Ojibwe).

As part of NDN Collective’s mission to Defend, Develop and Decolonize, Radical Imagination Artists, Creatives and Culture Bearers will:

  1. Propose solutions to dismantle structural racism through their art & creativity
  2. Imagine and practice justice within their communities while working to rebuild and assemble a better world
  3. Amplify community voices to counter inequitable systems, policies and practices

Grants of up to two years at $50,000 per year are available to Indigenous artists and culture-bearers working in all traditions, mediums, and genres working in the defense, development, or decolonization of Indigenous Peoples and the planet.  NDN Collective supports Indigenous artists, culture bearers and storytellers to amplify their work to reimagine a new normal for all people and the planet.

“Providing flexible funding provides much-needed support for our Indigenous artists to amplify their phenomenal work while also supporting self-care, health and well-being,”  said NDN Collective Program Officer Janet Maylen (Mvskoke).

To apply, applicants must first complete a letter of interest (LOI) which can be accessed on the NDN Grants & Fellowship page on the NDN Collective website.

Letters of interest are due March 21, 2023


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.

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