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Keepers of the Earth Fund (KOEF): Empowering Grassroots Indigenous Communities Worldwide

Keepers of the Earth Fund (KOEF): Empowering Grassroots Indigenous Communities Worldwide

Deadline: 31 August 2018

Cultural Survival has announced a Call for Project Concepts for its Keepers of the Earth Fund (KOEF) which is a small grant fund that supports Indigenous values-based community development. These grants have supported Indigenous-led projects on the leading edge of the most pressing issues for Indigenous Peoples everywhere.

The primary purpose of the Keepers of the Earth Fund is to empower grassroots Indigenous communities in establishing their rights and retaining their traditional values.

Cultural Survival seeks to fund projects that work in collaboration with others for the larger community as opposed to working alone. Cultural Survival encourages partnerships and networking, capacity building for results, and strategic approaches to Indigenous development.

Grants can support projects focused on a vast array of development activities. Applications will be viewed with an eye towards innovation, Indigenous values ​​woven into the design of the project, and addressing real-time development needs. The connection between Indigenous values ​​and the proposed project should be clearly articulated.

Funding Information

Through the KOEF, Cultural Survival intends to provide grants ranging between $ 500 and $ 5,000 to Indigenous-led and -controlled organizations and groups around the world.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for a KOEF grant, all applicants must:

  • Be an Indigenous organization, grassroots group, or a traditional Indigenous government.
  • Be Indigenous-led
  • Have an annual organizational budget of less than $150,000USD / year
  • Have a bank account in the name of organization or have an existing written agreement with a fiscal sponsor.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit their project concepts via email at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit Keepers of the Earth Fund.


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