Cultural Survival is pleased to announce the Keepers of the Earth Fund (KOEF) Call for Applications. The KOEF is a small grants fund that supports Indigenous values-based community development.  These grants have supported Indigenous-led projects on the leading edge of solutions to the most pressing issues for Indigenous Peoples everywhere.  

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

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.

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


To be eligible for a KOE grant, 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.
How to Apply

For guidelines and grant applications for the KOEF, please visit our webpage or contact

In this Call for Applications, we will NOT consider applications to support Self-Governance and Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) projects as we have a separate special initiative fund for these topics.