Before applying to Native Voices Rising, please ensure your organization can answer yes to each of the following questions. If you answer yes to all these questions, you likely meet our funding guidelines:

  • Is your work based in the United States?
  • Is your organization based in and serving a Native community or population?
  • Does your organization have a strong set of leaders and board members comprised of 51% Native Americans, who represent and are accountable to the community that is served?
  • Does your organization have a leadership development or political education program for Native community members?
  • Does your organization have a clear vision and strategy for improving the wellbeing of your community?
  • Does your organization engage Native community members in determining priorities and the focus of its programs?
  • Does your organization engage a significant number of community members to take collective action to address community needs?
  • Does your organization actively utilize civic or voter engagement strategies OR campaign for corporate accountability? [NVR defines civic engagement as the collective action taken by an organized and informed group of residents to promote public policy or advocate for change to governmental practices in order to advance solutions to the problems confronting their communities. Voter engagement focuses more specifically on voter education, registration, get-out-the-vote, or protecting access to the electoral process.]
  • Does your organization seek to change or improve the policies or rules that impact your community?
  • Do you have IRS 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt status, 7871 Designation or a fiscal sponsor who does?

Below are a list of exclusions. We are UNABLE to support the following:

  • Organizations that are not based in the United States
  • Grantmaking or re-granting institutions
  • Capital campaigns, construction or renovation programs, endowments
  • Organizations whose primary activities are direct services
  • Scholarship funds or other aid to individuals
  • Research or fellowships
  • Land trusts/land acquisitions
  • Government sponsored programs or programs undertaken by tax-supported institutions
  • Films, books or other stand-alone documentation projects,
  • Emergency funding

Additionally, we are unable to consider applications from organizations that have not submitted a grant report from the 2015 NVR grant cycle.


If your organization fits all or most of the above eligibility criteria, then you may submit an online application to Common Counsel Foundation. While we will accept Microsoft Word applications via grantsadmin@nativevoicesrising.orgwe prefer that you submit your NVR Application via our online grant portal. Note that if you are a new applicant, you will need to register to obtain a user account.

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