Keepers of the Earth Fund



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Keepers of the Earth Fund (KOEF) is an Indigenous-led fund of Cultural Survival, designed to support Indigenous Peoples’ community advocacy and development projects. Since 2017, through small grants and technical assistance, KOEF has supported 190 projects in 37 countries, totaling $828,067.

KOEF provides on average, $5,000 USD grants to grassroots Indigenous-led communities, organizations, and traditional governments to support their self-determined development projects based on their Indigenous values. Predicated on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Cultural Survival uses a rights-based approach in our grantmaking strategies to support grassroots Indigenous solutions through the equitable distribution of resources to Indigenous communities.

Since 2017, Cultural Survival has launched an annual open call, which has meant a large number of applications increasing every year. Unfortunately, we have only been able to fund a small percentage of the proposals received. For this reason, we have decided to change our strategy and move from an open call to a by-invitation system. The communities and organizations invited will be selected from the database that we have built with the proposals previously received. We ask applicants from previous years to keep an eye on their emails to receive an invitation and guidelines to participate in the 2022 cycle.

The funded projects will respond to the diverse needs of Indigenous Peoples. This year we will collaborate primarily with those focused on the following topics and their intersections: Indigenous languages; Indigenous cultures and arts; long-term projects in response to the Covid-19 emergency in all its aspects (community health, food, and economic sovereignty, among others.); land, territory, and biodiversity protection, administration and recovery; climate change mitigation and adaptation; and impacts from the mining of transition minerals. We are particularly seeking to uplift the leadership and participation of people with identities that have experienced marginalization or discrimination, such as women, people of other genders, and youth.

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KOEF 2018


KOEF 2017




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