First Peoples Worldwide’s Grants for Indigenous Communities

Deadline: 31 October 2014
Open to: indigenous-led grassroots organizations, groups, societies, associations, consortiums, tribes, or first nations
Grant: US $500 to US $20,000


A goal of First Peoples Worldwide is to ensure that Indigenous communities have access to funds through a channel that values and respects their expertise, their ideas, and their voices. At the center of First Peoples Worldwide’s Indigenous development work is the Keepers of the Earth Fund, which is designed to provide funding to locally-initiated development projects in Indigenous communities around the world.

They award grants to projects that seek to control, utilize, leverage, retain, create, and increase the assets of Indigenous communities. Among these assets are land, culture, language, kinship networks, subsistence activities and personal efficacy. Projects may be geared toward addressing issues such as food security, securing rights to ancestral lands, mitigating the effects of climate change, or preserving and renewing cultural values and traditional knowledge.


All applicants must:

  • Be Indigenous-led or represent an Indigenous-led project;
  • Be a grassroots/local organization or group;
  • Have an organizational bank account or access to a fiscal sponsor.


Grants range from US$500 to US$20,000, and go to projects that are conceived and implemented by Indigenous communities themselves.


Deadline for application is 31 October 2013.

Grant applications are open-format and are intended to allow prospective grantees to propose projects in whatever manner suits them: if you prefer a paper copy of your proposal, please download and print the application. Instructions on how to submit your application through the mail are included in the document. To submit a video application click here for instructions.

Please contact if you have any questions about applying for a grant. Visit the official website for more information about the grants.

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