Donor: Cultural Survival
Application procedure: Full Proposal
Donor base: United States
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: 02.03.2021

Financial details

Grant size: Small - up to $100,000
Minimum grant size: 500$
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: 5.000$
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Capacity Building
  • Climate Change
  • Economic Development
  • Environment & Natural Resources
  • Food Security
  • Governance & Democracy
  • Health
  • Human Rights
  • Other
  • Peace & Conflict Resolution
  • Social Inclusion
  • Water & Sanitation
  • Women & Gender

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe

  2. America

      Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela

  3. Asia

      Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen

  4. Pacific

      Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu


1) Objective

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 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. 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 funded projects address the diverse needs of Indigenous Peoples. They 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, culture and knowledge revitalization; movement-building, and Indigenous participation and representation in local, regional, national and international spaces.

2) Eligibility

Applicants must be Indigenous-led or represent an Indigenous-led project, be a grassroots/local organization or group and have an organizational bank account or access to a fiscal sponsor. They consider all applications on a case-by-case basis but prioritize small organizations with annual budgets less than $150,000.

3) Location

Keepers of the Earth Fund is open to receive projects from any country where there is a presence of Indigenous communities; however, we will give slight preference to: The Americas, Nepal & Northern India, Botswana, Namibia & South Africa.

4) Budget

Grant amounts range from $500 to $5,000.

5) Application

Applications can be sent until 2 March 2021. You must fill out the questionnaire at this link and at the end attach their project concept written, video, or audio format. We are currently accepting applications between February 1st and March 2nd 2021 in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Ayuujk, Maya K’iche, Poqomam, and Kaqchikel, Sunuwar, Afrikaans, Nepali, French or Russian. Please limit submissions to 2 pages written or 3 minutes of audio or video.

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