Grant Details and How to Apply
Maada'ookiing is Indigenous-led investment into Indigenous solutions through grassroots grantmaking. It is designed to support community members to strengthen culture and community without having to apply on behalf of a formal nonprofit organization or Tribal entity. Each applicant may request a grant of up to $2,500. We anticipate three rounds of funding in the coming year, with applications being due in May, September, and February.
Some past examples of the work that happens but often goes unfunded include things like a community-organized talking circle, youth running group, sobriety support activities, teaching traditional art forms across generations, language tables, food sovereignty activities, and many other activities that Indigenous community members bring to life. Maada'ookiing Grassroots Grants are a way to support this creative, impactful, and Indigenous-led community building.
Contact Us with Questions
We hope most questions about what might be funded, who is eligible, and how to apply will be answered here. If you have other questions about Maada'ookiing, you can email LeAnn Littlewolf, Senior Program Officer, or call her at (218) 723-4040 or 1-800-433-4045. For questions about using the Grant Portal, email Carol Chipman, Grants Manager.
Nonprofit 501(C)(3) organizations, school districts, or Tribal government entities are encouraged to apply for funding through Northland's regular Grant Program.
Application Resources and Portal
- Grant Checklist-pdf with information that may help you prepare your grant application.
- Application Questions-Word doc to help you write out your narrative questions in advance of filling them out on the portal.
- Optional Budget Worksheet-Word doc or Budget Worksheet-pdf to help you prepare a budget for upload, and Examples of Budgets-pdf.
- Google Chrome is the recommended web browser for best results using the portal. Download Chrome here.
- Step-by-step instructional video narrated by LeAnn Littlewolf, Senior Program Officer
Applications for spring 2021 Maada'ooking grants will be accepted starting May 1st and due by midnight on June 1st.
Who Can Apply
- Individuals or small groups who are Tribal citizens, descendants, or have kinship ties or affiliation to Indigenous communities for projects or activities within the geographic service area. In recognition of Indigenous identity and community identity, eligibility is defined to be inclusive of the broad relationships of belonging.
- Area where the project is happening must be within:
- Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
- Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
- Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
- Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe (District I)
- Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe (District II)
- Minnesota counties of Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, and/or St. Louis
Grant Focus Areas
- Supporting Indigenous Youth
- Strengthening Use of Indigenous Language
- Creating Access to Indigenous Language (digital apps, dictionaries, video projects, and other creative projects)
- Sharing Indigenous Culture/Spiritual Practices and Activities
- Sustaining Tribal Civic Engagement, Sovereignty, and Self-Determination (including non-partisan Get Out the Vote or civic education)
- Shifting the Narrative and Increasing Visibility of Contemporary Indigenous Community
- Promoting Indigenous Leadership Experiences
- Building Indigenous Economic and Entrepreneurship
- Engaging in Indigenous Grassroots Organizing (projects that strengthen community well-being and/or respond to Indigenous community issues)
If applicants have projects that impact Tribal Nation communities or occur within Tribal Nation boundaries, the Maada'ookiing Board will consult with Tribal Nations as a matter of respect and recognition of sovereignty.
Costs that Grants will Cover
- Materials and supplies to carry out grant-funded activities
- Food for program participants
- Space rental
- Honorarium for Indigenous knowledge-holders who assist the project (elders, spiritual leaders, etc.)
- Compensation for program organizers
The grant will NOT fund capital projects (such as buying or renovating buildings or projects that are mainly to buy equipment), political campaigns or other partisan political activities, sectarian religious activities, and personal compensation that is not related to project activities.
Some Grant Funds may be Taxable
Some or all of the grant funds may be considered taxable income, depending on their use. Funds that are used to compensate the grantee for their time, or for the purchase of assets that will last beyond the grant period may be taxable. Funds approved for these types of expenses will be included in a Form 1099 that Northland Foundation will issue you at the end of the calendar year in which your grant was approved. Northland Foundation is required to issue you a year-end 1099 for your tax records, for any amounts totaling $600 or more.
The Northland Foundation allows grantees to allocate part of their grant to help cover the cost of any taxes that will need to be paid on the grant funds. Taxes vary based on individual circumstances. If you don’t know your own tax rate, the IRS “backup” withholding rate of 24% is a reasonable rate to use in your planning, as you consider any grant dollars that may be taxable and prepare your grant budget to potentially cover those tax costs.
It is important to consultant with a tax professional regarding questions you may have about your own circumstances. The Northland Foundation cannot, by law, provide you with specific tax advice.
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