Cultural Survival’s Keepers of the Earth Fund to Support Grassroots Indigenous-Led Development Projects
Deadline: 7 June 2019
Cultural Survival has announced 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.
KOEF supports emerging and grassroots Indigenous-led development projects and is often the first funding source for Indigenous organizations and projects.
Grants can support projects focused on a vast array of development activities. Of particular interest are projects focused on the following topics and their intersections: Free, Prior, Informed Consent, self-governance, the rights of leadership of Indigenous women, economic sovereignty, land rights, environmental and biodiversity protection, Indigenous language and knowledge retention, movement-building, equitable distribution of resources, and Indigenous participation in international, national, regional and local spaces.
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.
Grant amounts may range between $500 and $5,000 USD.
Keepers of the Earth Fund is open to receive projects from any country where there is a presence of Indigenous communities; however, they will give slight preference to:
- The Americas
- Nepal & Northern India
- Botswana, Namibia & South Africa
- Be Indigenous-led
- Be an Indigenous organization, non-profit grassroots group, traditional Indigenous government, or broad-based cooperative with collective ownership and decision making.
- Have an annual organizational budget of less than $150,000 USD / year
- Have a bank account in the name of the organization or have an existing written agreement with a fiscal sponsor.
What they do not Fund:
- Projects that do not originate from or are not led by an Indigenous community
- Event fundraising, fundraising or endowment campaigns, or deficit funding
- Fees associated with lawsuit proceedings or representation
- Electoral campaign activities
- Disaster relief
- Vocational education or training
- Missionary Projects
- Conference registration fees
- General operating expenses
- Documentaries and/or film-making
- Work being done by an individual
- Scholarships or school application fees
How to Apply
Applicants should submit their project concepts via email at the address given on the website.
For more information, please visit this link.