Wednesday, 31 August 2011

First Peoples Worldwide’s Keepers of the Earth Fund

First Peoples Worldwide’s Keepers of the Earth Fund aims at supporting Indigenous-led projects and increasing access to funding for Indigenous communities and supporting Indigenous-led projects that create greater Indigenous control of Indigenous assets.

It supports strategies that address Indigenous development (e.g., land use and conservation, traditional decision-making, climate change, food security, etc.).
Keepers of the Earth Fund is seeking applications from Indigenous-led grassroots or local organizations or groups to apply for grants.

Applicant Eligibility
All applicants must:
  • be an Indigenous-led grassroots/local organization or group;
  • have an organizational bank account or access to a fiscal sponsor; copies of fiscal sponsor’s terms and requirements will be requested.
  • insure project activities will be completed outside of the United States.
Grant Criteria
  • Indigenous-led grassroots/ local projects
  • Control and self-determination of Indigenous homelands
  • Strategies for redressing evictions (i.e., mapping, co-management, advocacy)
  • Indigenous stewardship – land and natural resource models
  • Traditional knowledge
  • Community organizing and Start-up costs for Indigenous organizations (i.e., by-laws, registrations, certifications, etc.)
  • Appropriate technology and learning exchanges
  • Advocacy for Indigenous voice within policy forums
Grant Size and Timeframe
Grant amounts range between $250 and $20,000 USD. First time awards generally range between US $2,500 to $5,000. Project timeframes are between six and 12 months. It can take up to eight weeks to review and process your request. First Peoples Worldwide may contact you for additional information.

For more information, visit this link.

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