Keepers of the Earth Fund (First Peoples Worldwide)

Keepers of the Earth Fund

Our goal through the Keepers of the Earth Fund is to increase access to funding for Indigenous communities and support Indigenous-led projects that create greater Indigenous control of Indigenous assets.

We support strategies that address culturally appropriate Indigenous development (e.g., land use and conservation, traditional decision-making, climate change, food security, etc.).


All applicants must:

be an Indigenous-led grassroots/local organization or group.
have an organizational bank account or access to a fiscal sponsor; copies of fiscal sponsor's terms and requirements will be requested.
ensure project activities will be completed outside of the United States.


Grant amounts range between $250 and $20,000 USD. First time awards generally range between US $2,500 to $5,000. Project timeframes are between six and 12 months. It can take up to eight weeks to review and process your request. First Peoples Worldwide may contact you for additional information.


Written Applications:
First Peoples Worldwide prefers to receive written funding requests by email ( or fax [(540) 899-6501]. You can also submit your application via postal service or other express delivery courier to Grants Coordinator, First Peoples Worldwide, 857 Leeland Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22405, USA.

Video Applications:
First Peoples Worldwide will accept grants in video format when community projects cannot complete a written application. Indigenous Peoples who submit their grant application in video format must depict the community issues and solutions through the eyes of the community and present the ways Indigenous Peoples are solving their problems.

If possible, a transcript of the video content should be provided so that we understand the video content. Your transcript should also include the amount of funding you are requesting, bearing in mind the limitations of the Fund, as well as the average grant amount for first-time applicants.

We encourage using multiple voices from many community members.

Please submit with your video the following information:

The name and location of the Indigenous Peoples submitting the video;
A description of the Indigenous-led entity (i.e., NGO, Tribe, CBO, fiscal agent or other entity);
A contact name and title for the person submitting the video;
The organization’s name, mailing address, country, email address, telephone, and fax.

Two ways to submit your video:

Upload the video to and send the link to
Send a DVD of the video by mail to:

Grants Coordinator
First Peoples Worldwide
857 Leeland Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22405

First Peoples Worldwide will not be able to access your taped version of the footage; digital format is preferred (YouTube or DVD). First Peoples Worldwide will only be able to return your video to your organization if a request is made at the time of submission.

First Peoples Worldwide may use pieces of video on our website, in funder materials, or in group presentations.

The annual deadline for written and video submissions is September 30.

Contact with any questions, concerns or for more information.