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August 19, 2020

NDN Collective Launches Second Phase of $10 Million COVID-19 Response Project: Transition and Resilience for Indigenous people

Phase two of the NDN COVID-19 Response Project supports transition and resilience within Indigenous communities impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 19, 2020

Rapid City, SD   As the world continues to endure the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, NDN Collective announces the second phase of the NDN COVID-19 Response Project, a $10 million project designed to provide immediate relief to Indigeneous people, organizations and Tribal Nations uniquely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The first phase of the project occurred between April and June of this year and provided $2.5 million in rapid response, gap support services to 95 different Tribal Nations and Indigenous-led organizations in the U.S. and Mexico. Phase two of the NDN COVID-19 Response Project is now focused on transition and resilience within Indigenous communities. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect every aspect of our lives,” said Gaby Strong, NDN Collective Director of Grantmaking. “There are still many unknowns as we continue to learn how to manage this virus, but what we do know is that our people can best be supported in their self-determination and in building their own solutions to sustain their communities in these pandemic times.”  

NDN Collective’s commitment to co-creating the ‘new and better normal,’ as part of long-term community resilience and sustainability will be supported through fundable community projects and initiatives.  In this second phase of the NDN COVID-19 Response, NDN Collective has also integrated feedback received from all phase one applicants.  

Phase two of the NDN COVID-19 Response Project: Transition and Resilience, will offer these resources to Indigenous Peoples as we strive to build that new and better normal.

NDN Collective is responding to what our people have told us: that what would best help them prepare, respond and thrive beyond initial COVID-19 relief efforts is support for clean water, food security, education and broadband access, shelter and basic needs, Indigenous health and safety, and sustainable, regenerative community resilience planning,” said Strong. “Phase two of the NDN COVID-19 Response Project: Transition and Resilience, will offer these resources to Indigenous Peoples as we strive to build that new and better normal.”

For Indigenous communities, Indigenous-led non-profit organizations and Tribes with annual operating budgets of over $500,000, up to $100,000 in grant support over 12 months is available.  For Indigenous communities and Indigenous-led nonprofit organizations with annual operating budgets of $500,000 and under, up to $50,000 in grant support over 12 months is available. 

The deadline to apply for Phase Two of the NDN COVID-19 Response Project is 5 p.m. Mountain Standard Time, Wednesday, September 9.

To learn more about the NDN COVID-19 Response Project and to apply, visit https://ndncollective.org/covid-19/phase-2/. Here, you can also sign up for updates on upcoming tutorials, webinars and tips for applying.

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About NDN Collective

Founded in 2018, the NDN Collective’s mission is to build the collective power of Indigenous Peoples, communities, and Nations to exercise our inherent rights to self-determination, while fostering a world that is built on a foundation of justice and equity for all people and the planet. We do this through building Indigenous power in partnership with the philanthropic and investment sectors. For more information, visit ndncollective.org.

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