First Peoples Worldwide’s Keepers of the Earth Fund

First Peoples Worldwide’s Keepers of the Earth Fund aims at supporting Indigenous-led projects and increasing access to funding for Indigenous communities and supporting Indigenous-led projects that create greater Indigenous control of Indigenous assets.

It supports strategies that address Indigenous development (e.g., land use and conservation, traditional decision-making, climate change, food security, etc.).

Keepers of the Earth Fund is seeking applications from Indigenous-led grassroots or local organizations or groups to apply for grants.

Applicant Eligibility

All applicants must:

  • be an Indigenous-led grassroots/local organization or group;
  • have an organizational bank account or access to a fiscal sponsor; copies of fiscal sponsor’s terms and requirements will be requested.
  • insure project activities will be completed outside of the United States.

Grant Criteria

  • Indigenous-led grassroots/ local projects
  • Control and self-determination of Indigenous homelands
  • Strategies for redressing evictions (i.e., mapping, co-management, advocacy)
  • Indigenous stewardship – land and natural resource models
  • Traditional knowledge
  • Community organizing and Start-up costs for Indigenous organizations (i.e., by-laws, registrations, certifications, etc.)
  • Appropriate technology and learning exchanges
  • Advocacy for Indigenous voice within policy forums

Grant Size and Timeframe

Grant amounts range between $250 and $20,000 USD. First time awards generally range between US $2,500 to $5,000. Project timeframes are between six and 12 months. It can take up to eight weeks to review and process your request. First Peoples Worldwide may contact you for additional information.

For more information, visit this link.

14 Responses to First Peoples Worldwide’s Keepers of the Earth Fund

  1. Ekis Ekis Alliance Incorporation (EEAI)is a community based NGO chartered and has bi-laws and under tax excempt status.

    EEAI is located in Pohnpei State, Federated States of Micronesia close to US Territory of Guam in the Northern Pacific Region.We are a ngo of indegenous people with traditional leadership.

    Our aim is to help our subjects in health and environment sustainability.
    If you find us qualify to apply for your grant assistances, kindly let us know. Thank you.

  2. The Child Aid Community-care & Development Initiative is a non governmental organization working in support to help improve the living standard of the child and community at large through the further support from local authorities/government.

  3. We provide practical vocational school based on the worst forms child labour (W F C L ) INDUCED BY HIV/ AIDS AND ADVERSE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND GLOBAL WARMING CONCERNS.
    The vocational school provides Non Formal Education as a means to combat worst forms of child labour (W F C L) to youths (active poor young men) and women(child mothers) for improved living condition in house holds after long insurgence and rebellion for over decades.
    Thank you very much for your efforts to promote lives of the most vulnerably communities world wide to have justice, freedom and trust and rest for humanity because we all the same vision dreams and values .
    Thank you very much,
    MANDU OKONDO MOSES
    Managing Director/Child Rights Activist.

  4. Rwenzori Association of Parents of Children with Disabilities (RAPCD) is a community based organization involved in promoting rights of disabled children and empowerment of their parents in Kasese District in Uganda. We seek for your financial support for our project: Food Security for Better Health of Disabled Children. Through cultivation of improved maize, ground nuts and beans and rearing of chicken, lives of disabled children who are most vulnerable to hunger will be improved. The project will involve hire of land, cultivation, supply of improved seeds and chicken among other activities.

  5. My organization named Ethiopian change and development association is operating in Ethiopia on the indiginous people by providing help to the mechanism of protecting the natural resources and with socio-cultural issues regarding education,health issues and others.If you consider us for the keepers of the earth fund our organization would be grateful.
    Thank you
    Eskindir Gizaw ( Managing Director)

  6. We are Muramba Vallley Primary School indigenous community in the Rwenzori Mountains western part of Uganda.We live in the rural areas there. And would request for support for project called Muramba Indigenous Community Food Security Project.
    The following shall be its activities:
    1-Hunger education awareness in community
    2-Identifying and training of indigenous community mobilizers and trainers for effective service delivery and development.
    3-Growing of Mushrooms,Garlic onions,Pumpkins,Dodo and Water Melon as quick growing foods to help community fight hunger in the community and for poverty reduction in the area.
    This project would only take six – eight months to complete.
    Signed by ,
    Joel Tibenda Manimba
    Project Manager.

  7. We are Muramba Vallley Primary School indigenous community in the Rwenzori Mountains western part of Uganda.We live in the rural areas there. And would request for support for project called Muramba Indigenous Community Food Security Project.
    The following shall be its activities:
    1-Hunger education awareness in community
    2-Identifying and training of indigenous community mobilizers and trainers for effective service delivery and development.
    3-Growing of Mushrooms,Garlic onions,Pumpkins,Dodo and Water Melon as quick growing foods to help community fight hunger in the community and for poverty reduction in the area.
    This project would only take only six – eight months to complete.
    Signed by ,
    Joel Tibenda Manimba
    Project Manager.

  8. Center for Indigenous Questions, Addis Ababa is organizing a gathering of indigenous elders/traditional knowledge. The elders are being persecuted by religions and government. The persecution ranges from threats, to taking cultural artefacts, cutting down sacred trees to physical violence. Without the transmission of TK to the next generation, the earth and people will perish. CIQ is an NGO, can Keepers of the Earth help fund this gathering? Thank you, Apela

  9. We are the indigenous people of the sundarbans area of Bangladesh. We live in the remote area of Bangladesh. Our language is Nagri. We are not recognized by our government. We are struggling for land and natural resources.

  10. Am striving against the human rights violation, got registered, allahtoharwelfareorganization, not only seeking help regarding indigenous issues but,tring to seek any grant for about 109 prisoners, 83 youthful offenders n 26 women confined in central prison, city hyderabab,along with 20 minors hence, provide them legal aid n other technical n social assistance therefore, can send proposal if required regarding any project in respect of any indigenous support. HIGHLY REGARDS.
    Yours Sincere
    Adv. Mumtaz Lashari

  11. GDA is a non-governmental, voluntary and autonomous organization of Uganda National Association of the deaf (UNAD) registered in Gulu District as CBO and CSO; the association bringing together all categories of Deaf persons and Deaf persons with multiple disabilities (e.g DeafBlind) to address the social, economic and cultural and political needs in the district.
    GDA was founded by Deaf persons themselves in 1996 as District umbrella Organization. It was started with 30 full registered members; currently there are 341fully registered members and over 500 partially registered members with over 140 members in Gulu municipality.

    GDA’s uniqueness is in its being “By, for and From the Deaf people”, Deaf people formed GDA after realizing that their Human Rights (civic, social, cultural economic and political) were ignored and violated by the society.
    With a vision to “Human dignity, best quality life for the Deaf people and a gender sensitive organization that strives and works for a socially well-versed, equitable and just society”, GDA focuses on empowerment of Deaf through Sign Language, capacity building and advocacy for various categories of deafness at all grassroots. GDA is governed by the Executive Committee (EC) members as the decision making body. The association has been implemented a number of projects range from Sign Language training, HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns, agricultural livelihood and awareness raising in Gulu and Amuru districts to all walks of life.

    Until now the works of the association have been funded by donors and contribution from our congratulations like UNOHCHR, UNHCR, AVSI, NUMAT, SCIU, World Vision, USAID and subscription & membership fees, however, we believe that more concerted effort is needed to prepare communities of Deaf to deal with the challenges affecting their lives. 0ne unpaid volunteer staff at the secretariat and a periodically (on-need basis) volunteer implements programmes to meet objectives geared towards realizing vision for present and future generations.

    Mission
    Together we advocate and lobby for promotion of human rights, access to quality services, initiating development project for self-reliance and building capacities of Deaf members and their grassroot associations.

    Vision
    Human dignity, best quality life for the Deaf people and a gender sensitive organization that strives and works for a socially well-versed, equitable and just society

    Goals and objectives of the organization
    The goals of the organization are at:
    i) Advocacy and lobbying for the rights of its members toward education and employment opportunity
    ii) Eradicating poverty among the Deaf persons
    iii) Promoting awareness of the diseases that can easily be contained and eradicated the life of the members of the association through health education (seminar discussion)
    iv) Protection the life and the property of the Deaf persons in the Districts
    v) Advocating for equal treatment and allocation of economic resources between the able and the Deaf persons in the District of Gulu.
    vi) Providing ongoing in-services training for qualified special education teachers working in schools, units, educational centre, staff work with the Deaf association and other institutions
    vii) Working in close coordination with other service providers working in educational, medical, social, cultural, political and economical habitation and rehabilitation to provide an efficient and complete range of services to hearing impairments in the Districts of Gulu.
    viii) Engaging in agriculture to reduce food insecurity and hungry in Deaf communities in the two Districts of Gulu.
    ix) Training parents, teachers, local administration, police, prisoners, medical personnel and many others in meeting the special need of Deaf children.
    x) Promoting Ugandan Sign Language programme to close gap in communication between the able and hearing impairments.

    The objectives of the association include the following:
    (i) To create employment opportunity for Deaf persons throughout the district from time to time.
    (ii) To advocate and lobby for fund to run the association programs in the districts
    (iii) To provide ongoing services training for the Deaf, special needs education staff working in schools, Units and other mainstream institutions of learning
    (iv) To advocate for equal treatment and allocation of the economic resources between the able and the Deaf persons.
    (v) To establish groups through which members can participate and will exchange ideas geared towards improvement of the quality of Deaf issues in the Districts.
    (vi) To affiliate or collaborate with similar district, regional, national or rehabilitation/humanitarian organizations or sectors.

  12. Ajaga Innocent
    Director.
    Care Community Education Centre is Community Based organization (CBO) and a non profitable organization established in 2008 and it was registered in 2009 in Yumbe District, North western part of Uganda . This region has suffered a series of political instability since 1977 to 2007 which caused a lot of destruction of property; lose of Human life and the major economic activities. Thus creating poor condition of living for the people.
    Thus requesting the keepers of the earth to support these rural grass root CBOS like care community education centre that has not been supported and only gets support from communities’ contribution who are very poor .

  13. Thon Vireak, the ‘Director, MedicAngel® in Cambodia, shall be very interested in this!

    Apart from his work assisting the poor to secure the health and dental care they shall not otherwise receive, via the MedicAngel® ‘3 Steps to helping the poor’ plan; he has shown an extensive display of knowledge and a related and truly impressive ability with respect to having various interests and parties agree to resolution of the eviction of indigenous peoples from their ancient / long held properties / food sources.

    Daniel J. Lavigne, Founder,
    MedicAngel®

  14. We are an indigenous people called the Laz living in North Eastern Turkey and Western Georgia. We live in the remote villages and small towns scattered on the south eastern shores and mountains of the Black Sea region. Our history goes back at least 4000 years with our language called the Lazuri, not recognized by any country we live in. Laz are basically a rural, peasant community of indigenous people with very close ties to our natural habitat and land.

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