Keepers of the Earth Fund



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Keepers of the Earth Fund (KOEF) is an Indigenous-led fund within Cultural Survival, which is 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 in 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. 

The funded projects address the diverse needs of Indigenous Peoples. We collaborate with projects focused on the following topics and their intersections: leadership of Indigenous women and youth; political, economic, and food sovereignty; Free, Prior and Informed Consent; self-governance; land and water rights; land titling, tenure, and stewardship; agroecology; environmental and biodiversity protection; climate change; carbon sequestration; intergenerational transmission of traditional knowledge; Indigenous language, culture and knowledge revitalization; movement-building, and Indigenous participation and representation in local, regional, national and international spaces. 

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Dear Cultural Survival allies. Thank you for participating in our call for the Keepers of the Earth Fund. This year we have received the many applications, 796 in total, and our team is working hard to review them all. We appreciate your patience in this process and hope to send you updates on the progress in a couple of weeks via email.


Call 2021 closed

Deadline to Apply:  March 2, 2021.



Learn about our current and previous grant partners: 

Meet our 2021 grant partners!





KOEF 2018


KOEF 2017




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