KEEPERS OF THE EARTH FUND
Keepers of the Earth Fund (KOEF) is an Indigenous-led fund within Cultural Survival that is managed by Indigenous staff and designed to support Indigenous Peoples’ community development projects. Since 2017, the Keepers of the Earth Fund through small grants and technical assistance has supported 118 projects in 30 countries totaling over $528,000 in grants.
KOEF provides small grants ranging between $500 and $5,000 to grassroots Indigenous-led organizations, collectives, 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. Some past KOEF projects have focused on the following topics and their intersections: leadership of Indigenous women and youth; political, economic, and food sovereignty; 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.
In March 2020, we pivoted to make all of our funding available for COVID response by and for Indigenous communities. Read about funding for Indigenous-led COVID-19 responses.
Explore our current and previous grant partners:
COVID-19 Emergency Grant Partners
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