Native Americans in Philanthropy #GenIndigenous Response Fund to Support Movement Building
We are living in a pivotal moment for youth-led movements. Across the country, and at Standing Rock, young people are playing leading roles in social justice movements that advance a vision for a just society. Now is a critical moment to support Native young people who are showing a readiness to organize in building lasting movements for social change.
As a connector between grantmakers and Native organizations and communities, Native Americans in Philanthropy (NAP) has engaged and educated philanthropic leaders about the issues facing Native communities for the past 26 years. We have been a consistent advocate for the protection of tribal sovereignty, land and water rights, women rights, and Native youth healing. Standing Rock and their fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) provided NAP an unprecedented opportunity to advocate for immediate support in response to the current situation and to leverage this opportunity to encourage a long-term commitment from philanthropy to Native communities.
The NAP #GenIndigenous Response Fund will provide grants up to $5,000 to youth organizing groups responding to the current moment in ways that build long-term power for Native youth. This fund will provide grants to organizations playing leadership roles at Standing Rock while considering efforts to support the long term engagement of youth leaders in advocacy efforts. We believe that youth engagement, organizing and leadership is central to this movement moment, therefore we will prioritize funding efforts that are Native and youth led.