Funding available to become Keepers of the Earth through First Peoples Worldwide

What is the ‘Keepers of the Earth Fund’ about?

  • Keepers of the Earth Funds are intended to preserve, control, utilize, leverage, retain, create and increase indigenous assets (e.g. land, culture, language, kinship networks, subsistence activities and personal efficacy).
  • Projects must be locally initiated - conceived and implemented in Indigenous communities
  • Projects may be geared toward food security, ancestral land rights, mitigating the effects of climate change, preserving and renewing cultural values and traditional knowledge
  • Funds awarded are between USD $500.00 - $20,000.00. Grants for first time applicants range from $500-$5,000.00, if you have been awarded a Keepers of the Earth grant before, your next project is more likely to be approved for a larger grant. Applicants can receive up to 3 consecutive grants.

First Peoples Worldwide is an organization that supports Indigenpus communities around the world

What Projects are eligible for funding?

To qualify, your project 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

Some Examples of successful past projects in Canada include:

Tu'wusht Garden/Kitchen project: Vancouver Native Health Society, BC, Canada (2014)

  • Tu'wusht Garden/Kitchen project reconnecting Vancouver's urban Indigenous population to their Indigenous traditions through food production and sharing, improving their physical, mental, cultural, and spiritual health. The group is inviting the community to learn cultural protocols through harvesting and preparation of foods traditional to their Native diet, which are shared throughout the year.

Self-Governance Project: Tlowitsis Nation, Campbell River, BC, Canada (2012 & 2013)

  • The Tlowitsis Nation is working to physically and culturally reunify the Tlowitsis diaspora. In 2012, the Keepers of the Earth Fund supported a self-governance project, which alerted Tlowitsis elders to logging activities near areas of cultural and spiritual significance.
  • In 2013, the Tlowitsis Nation received a Keepers of the Earth Fund to document areas of cultural and spiritual significance, archeological importance, and traditional resource use. The data enables the Tlowitsis Nation to effectively protect their cultural identity when negotiating with logging companies interested in their lands.

Rekindling the Fire Within: Six Nations Polytechnic, Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk and Tuscarora Peoples, Canada (2012)

  • Traditional knowledge and community development grant supported the project “Rekindling the Fire Within: Restoring the Sacred Connection to Peace.”

Application Timeline

  • Grants accepted between January 1st and October 31st annually
  • Projects funded usually that take 4 – 8 months, funds will not be allocated for projects that are expected to take over 12 months to complete.

How Will Applications Be Evaluated?

First Peoples Worldwide project criteria are based on shared values, goals and philosophy. When evaluating an application, three questions are asked:

Is the project …

  • community initiated? Even if the community has partnered with an outside organization, the community must have initiated the project and be responsible for implementation.
  • holistic in its approach? Projects must incorporate social, environmental, economic, and cultural concerns equally while addressing the needs of the community
  • values based? The concepts of reciprocity and sharing, respect, responsibility, caring for and honoring one another, and the interdependence of all life are incorporated into project design.

How to Apply

Send your paper or video applications to:

Grants Coordinator

First Peoples Worldwide

877 Leeland Road,

Fredericksburg, VA 22405


Application forms and guidelines are available online at

Application forms are also available HERE FOR DOWNLOAD


A video application may be sent directly to First Peoples Worldwide. Send an email to with the following information:

  • Organization’s name and contact information
  • The name and location of the Indigenous group submitting the video
  • Upload your video to include a link to the video in your email, or you can mail a DVD copy of the video. Submission materials will not be returned to you.

Need help with your application or project design? Let’s collaborate!

Shared Value Solutions Ltd. works with Indigenous nations across Canada, and regularly supports clients in successfully applying for funding opportunities and enhancing environmental capacity.

If your community is interested in participating in the Keepers of the Earth program and wants assistance you can contact Rachel or Joy at SVS: 226-706-8888 or


Sign-up for our Newsletter!


About Us - Shared Value Solutions Ltd.:

Businesses and organizations are made up of people. So are communities. Imagine a world where people in industry and government, and people from towns of all sizes, get together to make amazing things happen – things they couldn’t have dreamed up alone. A world where people from corporations get together with people in government or NGOs to explore innovative ways to do business while enhancing the natural and social environment. Join us in Creating Shared Value!

At Shared Value Solutions, we speak your language. And we know that the impossible is possible – with the right people in the circle.

We are an Ontario B Corp and we bring the best engineering, design, environment, architecture and other technical discipline expertise to address your challenges and opportunities: 

  • Strategic Environmental Assessment guidance, coordination and support
  • Collaborative land and resource use planning and management- process design and delivery
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge Studies & Traditional Knowledge Studies
  • Traditional Land Use Studies (TLUS)/ Traditional Land Use and Occupancy Mapping
  • Certified BEAHR Training for Aboriginal Environmental Monitors
  • Design and delivery of programs promoting/supporting positive behaviour change- environmental stewardship, community-based social marketing, health/environmental health promotion, Aboriginal community energy plan initiatives
  • Contributing human environment considerations to technical assessments and management plans in sectors such as water resources, remediation, land use, mining, oil & gas, linear corridor development, forestry, renewable energy, nuclear waste, contaminated sites, brownfield redevelopment, watershed planning, drought planning, water use planning, waste management and waste diversion
  • Aboriginal and Industry Partnerships working with First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities
  • Value Engineering & Value Analysis: we facilitate project teams to optimize a project by understanding functions, objectives, costs and social, cultural and environmental considerations.


Click to edit your new post...

Recent Posts