Keepers of the Earth Fund



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Keepers of the Earth Fund (KOEF) is an Indigenous-led fund within Cultural Survival, which is designed to support Indigenous Peoples’ community development and defense projects. Since 2017, the Keepers of the Earth Fund through small grants and technical assistance has supported 119 projects in 31 countries totaling over $488,475 USD.

KOEF provides $5,000 average grants to grassroots Indigenous-led communities, organizations, and traditional governments in their self-determined development projects based on their Indigenous values. Predicated on the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Cultural Survival uses a rights’ based approach in our grantmaking strategies to support grassroots Indigenous solutions through the equitable distribution of resources to Indigenous communities. 

The funded projects depend on the diverse needs of Indigenous Peoples. We collaborate with projects focused on the following topics and their intersections: leadership of Indigenous women and youth; political, economic, and food sovereignty; Free, Prior and Informed Consent; self-governance; land and water rights; land titling, tenure, and stewardship; agroecology; environmental and biodiversity protection; climate change; carbon sequestration; intergenerational transmission of traditional knowledge; Indigenous language and knowledge revitalization; movement-building, and Indigenous participation and representation in local, regional, national and international spaces. 

Read more: Who are Indigenous Peoples?

KOEF Guidelines to apply for funds


Learn about our current and previous grant partners: 


COVID-19 Emergency Grant Partners - 2020





KOEF 2018


KOEF 2017




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