Keepers of The Earth Fund


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Keepers of the Earth Fund, formerly housed at First Peoples Worldwide, is a small grants fund designed to support Indigenous Peoples’ advocacy and community development projects. Since 2007, the Keepers of the Earth Fund through small grants and technical assistance has supported over 350 Indigenous community-led projects in 64 countries around the world, totaling nearly $2.5 million. The Fund hopes to gain additional investors over the next three years in order to make more, longer-term investments in Indigenous values-based innovation and rights-based projects.

The Fund provides grants ranging between $500 and $10,000 that go directly to grassroots Indigenous organizations and groups to support their self-designed development projects based on local, traditional values. Projects can address a vast array of economic and cultural development strategies including cultural retention, language revitalization, food sovereignty, climate change, gender equality, battling extractive industries, Free, Prior and Informed consent, leadership and governance, and much more.

Read about our 2018 grantees.
Read about our 2017 grantees. 
Read about our 2016 grantees.
Read about our 2015 grantees.

Learn about the our Self-Governance and Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) Initiative

Call for Project Concepts. Deadline: August 31, 2018

Cultural Survival is pleased to announce the Keepers of the Earth Fund (KOEF) Call for Project Concepts. The KOEF is a small grants fund that supports Indigenous values-based community development. These grants have supported Indigenous-led projects on the leading edge of solutions to the most pressing issues for Indigenous Peoples everywhere. 

Through the KOEF, Cultural Survival intends to provide grants ranging between $500 and $5,000 to Indigenous-led and -controlled organizations and groups around the world.

Grants can support projects focused on a vast array of development activities. Applications will be viewed with an eye toward innovation, Indigenous values woven into the design of the project, and projects addressing real-time development needs. The connection between Indigenous values and the proposed project should be clearly articulated.

The primary purpose of the Keepers of the Earth Fund is to empower grassroots Indigenous communities in establishing their rights and retaining their traditional values.

We seek to fund projects that work in collaboration with others for the larger community as opposed to working alone. We encourage partnerships and networking, capacity building for results, and strategic approaches to Indigenous development.

Project Concepts will be accepted through August 31, 2018.


Examples of Previous Grantees

Bundu Tuhan Biocultural Heritage Project, Ranau, Indonesia.

Noah Musoke, Executive Director of VODA (Volunteers for Development Association) in Uganda.



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