Date/Deadline: 02 Mar, 2021

Cultural Survival advocates for Indigenous Peoples’ rights and supports Indigenous communities’ self-determination, cultures, and political resilience since 1972. The fund work toward a future that respects and honors Indigenous Peoples’ inherent rights and dynamic cultures, deeply and richly interwoven in lands, languages, spiritual traditions, and artistic expression, rooted in self-determination and self-governance. The Keepers of the Earth Fund (KOEF) seeks to respond to the local needs and solutions of Indigenous Peoples. KOEF supports Indigenous development projects of emerging and grassroots groups and is usually the first source of financing for organisations or projects. Our fund is led by Indigenous peoples, the projects are collectively approved by an internal committee also made up of Indigenous peoples.


Cultural Survival guides its work with the concepts of self-determination, Indigenous cosmovisions, trust, humility, interculturalism, and community, as well as under the principles of respect, equity, solidarity, and responsibility. At the project level, Cultural Survival values collective projects that are driven by and benefit the entire community. Projects must be designed and led by Indigenous members of the community that the project serves, and identify and put to use the Indigenous values of that community. KOEF value strategic and innovative approaches to Indigenous values-based development; collaboration with others for the good of the larger community; and strategic capacity building with specific results. For example, if participants are documenting traditional language, song, and/or dance, why is this valuable to their community, and what will be the use(s) of the documentation? The final objective should not be only the production of documentary material but to respond to how the documentation will be used to promote your community’s continued traditions, practices, and development?


Applicants should feel free to propose projects on any topic that is important to their community. Of special interest for the 2021 call for proposals are projects focused on the following topics and their intersections: Mother Earth and biodiversity protection and recovery; climate change mitigation; Indigenous women and youth leadership; food systems; long-term projects in response to Covid-19 emergency in all its aspects: community health, food, and economic sovereignty, etc.


– Be an Indigenous-led project.
– Be an Indigenous non-profit grassroots community, organization, or government, with collective decision making.
– Have a bank account in the name of your organisation or have an existing written agreement with a fiscal sponsor.


Grant amounts requested may range between $500 and $5,000 USD maximum. KOEF is intended to be a springboard to enable start-up activities that can lead to sustainability. Upon successful completion of your initial grant and reporting, you may apply for subsequent grants of up to $10,000 USD. Cultural Survival seeks to establish long-term relationships with our partners, and we look forward to progressive growth towards self-sufficiency and financing diverse, far-reaching and non-repetitive projects for your community.

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