Bush Foundation awards $50M to Rapid City’s NDN Collective

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Bush Foundation announced on Tuesday that they will be awarding $50 million to Rapid City’s NDN Collective.

NDN Collective, courtesy NDN website

NDN Collective, courtesy NDN website

NDN Collective, courtesy NDN website

The NDN Collective is one of two recipients of the Bush Foundation’s $100 million community trust funds with a focus on addressing wealth gaps caused by historic racial injustice. Nexus Community Partner from St. Paul, Minnesota was the other community that received the funding.

According to a release from the Bush Foundation, the two communities will use the coming months to begin designing programs. The goal will be to provide grants directly to individuals to help them with wealth-building opportunities, such as furthering their education, buying a home or starting a business.

“The most innovative part of this opportunity is the Bush Foundation’s willingness to put the decision making power of how this money can be most beneficial directly into the hands of community members and practitioners,” said NDN Collective CEO, Nick Tilsen. “Our theory of change is 100 percent Indigenous-led.”

While the two communities plan on how they will use their funding, the community trust funds will not open for applications from individuals until late 2022 or early 2023.

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