The Cultural Survival is seeking applications for its “The Keepers of the Earth Fund (KOEF)” 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 organizations or projects. The fund is led by Indigenous people; the projects are collectively approved by an internal committee also made up of Indigenous people.
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.
- Grant amounts requested may range between $500 and $5,000 USD maximum.
- Upon successful completion of applicant’s initial grant and reporting, they may apply for subsequent grants of up to US$10,000.
The Keepers of the Earth Fund is open to receive projects from any country where there is a presence of Indigenous communities; however, will give a slight preference to:
- 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 applicant organization or have an existing written agreement with a fiscal sponsor.
For more information, visit https://www.culturalsurvival.org/node/12260