Keepers of the Earth Fund: Grants for Indigenous Communities

Deadline: 31 October 2013
Open to: Indigenous-led grassroots organizations, groups, societies, associations, consortiums, Tribes, or First Nations
Grant: US $500 to US $20,000


Less than 0.01% of the world’s development funding goes directly to Indigenous communities, including the funding that is intended to benefit them. Putting resources in the hands of communities on the local level allows them to address their specific challenges in ways that best suit their people, their culture, and their unique set of assets. A goal of First Peoples Worldwide is to ensure that Indigenous communities have access to funds through a channel that values and respects their expertise, their ideas, and their voices.

At the center of First Peoples Worldwide’s Indigenous development work is the Keepers of the Earth Fund, which is designed to provide funding to locally-initiated development projects in Indigenous communities around the world.

They award grants to projects that seek to control, utilize, leverage, retain, create, and increase the assets of Indigenous communities. Among these assets are land, culture, language, kinship networks, subsistence activities and personal efficacy. Projects may be geared toward addressing issues such as food security, securing rights to ancestral lands, mitigating the effects of climate change, or preserving and renewing cultural values and traditional knowledge.


All applicants must:

  • Be Indigenous-led or represent an Indigenous-led project
  • Be a grassroots/local organization or group
  • Have an organizational bank account or access to a fiscal sponsor


Grants range from US$500 to US$20,000, and go to projects that are conceived and implemented by Indigenous communities themselves.


Grant applications are open-format and are intended to allow prospective grantees to propose projects in whatever manner suits them. Also video applications are accepted in order to provide an alternative to written proposals.

If you prefer a paper copy of your proposal, please download and print the application. Instructions on how to submit your application through the mail are included in the document.
To submit a video application click here for instructions.

Deadline for application is 31 October 2013.

Please contact if you have any questions about applying for a grant. Visit the official website for more information about the grants.