Call for Applications are invited for Indigenous Communities in the Arctic and the Americas. First Peoples Worldwide is an Indigenous-led organization which supports Indigenous controlled, locally initiated, community driven development with small grants from its Keepers of the Earth Fund. First Peoples also engages publicly held corporations, international finance institutions, investors and global agencies to promote partnerships will further empower Indigenous Peoples and realize the aspirations for a sustainable future for all.
The major objective of the Traditional and Contemporary Self Governance initiative is to promote free prior informed consent (FPIC) and support Indigenous Peoples traditional governance structures, their contemporary governance structures, cultural practices for problem-solving and decision-making which aligns with community values and self determination in the Arctic and the Americas.
To actualize FPIC and support Indigenous projects which strengthen traditional and contemporary governing structures in ways that align with community values, provide inclusive political systems and demonstrate principles of good governance.
First Peoples Worldwide seeks to fund:
- Projects to build on Indigenous problem solving and decision-making processes
- Projects to bridge political representation for traditional and contemporary governance structures
- Projects to utilize traditional knowledge and cultural processes in political systems
- Projects to facilitate inclusion of the various Indigenous leadership and community sectors in the political systems
Funding considerations and process:
Grants will range from $5,000 to $20,000 with the average project covering an 8 to 10 month timeframe. It is anticipated that project funding will begin July 1, 2012 and end May 31, 2013. Please note that Shell Americas is one of the donors for this initiative.
All applicants must:
- Be an Indigenous led grassroots/local or community based institution in the Arctic or the Americas;
- Have an organizational bank account or a fiscal sponsor;
- Be willing to share project outcomes and lessons for use in case studies and formal training modules for Indigenous organizations, corporations and multinational agencies.
Funds cannot be used to support individuals, school applications or college or university scholarships, legal research, political lobbying, projects that do not originate from or are not led by an Indigenous community, travel to the United States, general operating, or event fundraising.
Proposals are due by midnight (EDT) May 31, 2012
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