Published July 7, 2017
– The Common Counsel Foundation
and Native Americans in Philanthropy
have announced that Native Voices Rising
(NVR) is open for applications by Native-led groups with a membership base in the community that have a leadership development program and seek to take collective action to win progressive social change. Historically, less than 0.5% of foundation funding goes to support Native issues
, a level of support that is inadequate to address the historic harms that Native people have experienced and the current need.
NVR provides general operating support grants to strengthen Native-led organizations in the United States that are improving the lives of their community members. To-date a total of nearly $410,000 has been awarded to 43 grassroots Native community organizations that are involved in a organizing and advocacy. Previous grantees are collectively engaging thousands of community members across ten states. They focus on a wide range of critical issues, from human and civil rights, to reproductive justice, environmental health and sacred sites protection. Past NVR grantees had a significant presence at Standing Rock, advocating against the Dakota Access pipeline for the protection of land, water, and the recognition of Native sovereignty.
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Donors that would like to add funds to this years pool can contribute online
or contact Common Counsel Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Grantees can find more information and apply at www.NativeVoicesRising.org
. NVR will make grants of up to $10,000 to support grassroots organizing led by Native communities. The application deadline is August 2nd