Grant Details and How to Apply flower

Maada'ookiing is Indigenous-led investment into Indigenous solutions through grassroots grantmaking to individuals. 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.

Applicants may request a grant of up to $2,500. Deadlines to submit applications for each of the three funding rounds are on the 15th of February, May, and September. Applications can be submitted at any time and will be reviewed after the next deadline. Applicants will hear about funding decisions about one month after the deadline.

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 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 or about using the Grant Portal, please email us or call and leave a voice mail message at (218) 723-4040.

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

Continue working on a Grant Application Already In Progress or to Submit your Final Grant Report

Log in using the Manage Grants & Reporting link, below, to:

  • continue working on a grant application you have started but not finished yet or,
  • complete your Final Grant Report after your project is done.

Who Can Apply

  • Individuals or small groups who are 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 Economy and Entrepreneurship (projects that provide training, networking, and education opportunities)
  • 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, including technology, needed to carry out grant activities
  • Food for program participants
  • Space rental
  • Honorarium for Indigenous knowledge-holders who assist the project (elders, spiritual leaders, etc.)
  • Compensation for program organizers

Costs that Grants will NOT Cover

  • Capital projects (such as buying or renovating buildings or projects that are mainly to buy large equipment) or hard costs related to starting a business
  • Political campaigns or other partisan political activities
  • Sectarian religious activities
  • Personal compensation that is not related to project activities

Is a Maada'ookiing Grant taxable?

All or a portion of the grant may be taxable income to the recipient, depending on how the grant funds are used. Although the Northland Foundation cannot provide tax advice to grant recipients, this overview is intended to help provide a general description of some of the tax issues associated with receiving grant funds.

Photographs provided by Ivy Vainio