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Grant Opportunities

Funding Opportunity for Self-Governance and Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) Initiative

First Peoples Worldwide accepts applications between January 1st and October 31st.  We receive written funding requests by email at or by fax to (540) 899-6501. You can also submit your application via postal service or other express delivery courier to Grants Coordinator, First Peoples Worldwide, 877 Leeland Road, Fredericksburg, VA, 22405, USA.

International Development Exchange
IDEX develops long-term funding relationships with effective organizations that they call partners. Instead of one-time grants, IDEX’s commitment is to provide flexible funding in 3-year cycles. Their grants often support important areas of work that are either overlooked or neglected by other funders.

The World Conservation Union (IUCN) 
With the mission of conserving the integrity and diversity of nature and also to ensuring that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable, the IUCN small grant program using CARPE fund has the objective to strengthen civil society for sustainable forest conservation in Central Africa. Deadline is February 12, 2012. For more detailed objectives and guidelines, click here.

Onaway Trust 
Grants to support the heritage of indigenous peoples, and to fund projects in environment and animal welfare. The Onaway Trust is a registered charity, which support indigenous projects all over the world. For the funding application, click here.

International Fund for Agricultural Development
Provides grants to  indigenous peoples’ organizations and communities, as well as organizations that work with them, for the purpose of funding projects, innovative approaches and partnerships that promote the development of indigenous peoples and help them fulfil their aspirations. Grants range from US$20,000 to US$50,000. Applicants must meet specific requirements and their proposals should respond to the needs of indigenous peoples in any of IFAD’s developing Member States.

United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 
The UN System has established some funds that are specifically intended for indigenous peoples. Some of these funds are intended to help finance the participation of indigenous people at UN meetings, while other funds are for small projects. For information on related funding opportunities, click here.

Trust Fund on Indigenous Issues relating to the Second International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People 
The Trust Fund for the Second Decade was established to promote, support and implement the objectives of the Decade. The Fund will give priority to projects concerning the main areas of the Second Decade: culture, education, health, human Rights, the environment and social and economic development. It is expected that the Fund will mainly be used for small grants projects with a budget for up to 10,000 US$ covering one year’s expenses. To find out about the current grant cycle as well as learn about past grantees, click here.

United Nations Democracy Fund
The United Nations Democracy Fund invites civil society organizations to apply for funding for projects to advance and support democracy. Project proposals may be submitted on-line between 15 November 2011 and 31 December 2011 at this link. You can find guidelines, FAQs and lessons learned from previous rounds at their information page.

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) – Climate Change Adaptation Program (CCAP)
Supports Aboriginal and Northern communities, organizations and territories in addressing urgent risks in the North, where the impacts of a changing climate are already visible, and vulnerability of infrastructure is high. For the Funding Applicant Guide and Forms, click here.

AusAID Human Rights Grants Scheme
The Human Rights Grants Scheme provides grant funding to non-government organisations and human rights institutions based or operating in developing countries to promote and protect human rights in direct and tangible ways.

Abya Yala Fund for Indigenous Self-Development in South & Meso-America
Responding to the need for Indigenous Peoples to realize our own community development initiatives, indigenous leaders from throughout the Americas gathered in 1994, in Oakland, California, to create the Abya Yala Fund (AYF). AYF is the first foundation to be founded and run by Indigenous Peoples from Central and South America and Mexico.  E-mail:
Click here for more information on their grants.

Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development
An Indigenous non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and maintaining the uniqueness of Native peoples throughout the Americas, they offer an integrated program of advocacy, small grants, training, and technical assistance, media experience and fiscal management. To find out how to apply for a grant at Seventh Generation, click here.

Global Greengrants Fund
Global Greengrants Fund is a public charity that seeds environmental action through small grants. They support change from the ground up by channeling donations to local projects and grassroots campaigns for justice, primarily in the developing world and emerging economies. To inquire about grant opportunities, visit their grants page.

Kiva Microfunds
A non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty, Kiva leverages the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions in allowing individuals to lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.

Databases and Directories

Terra Viva Grants
Provides a database of funding opportunities for grant seekers. It is an interesting on-line listing of diverse international grant opportunities for agriculture, energy, environment and natural resources.

The Foundation Center
Provides a Philanthropy News Digest posting current news and opportunities for Grantseekers. The “Request for Proposals” is a weekly digest of all current opportunities for grantseeker which can be organized by subject.
(For international grant opportunities, browse by subject under international affairs, or use the search function using key words such as international, global, indigenous, etc.).

NGO News Africa
Provides an updated list of grant openings for grantseeking NGO’s in Africa.

Africa Grantmakers Affinity Group
Dedicated to promoting increased and more effective funding in Africa through building and sharing knowledge, grantseekers can search by country and or thematic focus to find relevant funders.

International Human Rights Funders Group
An association of grantmakers devoted to supporting efforts to achieve the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the treaties and laws it has generated so that all people may enjoy a truly and fully human existence.

Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support
WINGS mission is to strengthen philanthropy and a culture of giving through mutual learning and support, knowledge sharing and professional development among its participants. WINGS also strives to give voice and visibility to philanthropy at a global level. Check out their resources page here

Fundraising Assistance

Charity Village Library 
Several articles relating to grantseeking in the Charity Village Library are worth reading, including: 1) Top ten ways to get your proposal read 2) Foundation collaboration-visioning for the future 3) Grantmakers get more focused 4) Proposals that appeal or appall.

Fundraising Ideas That Work for Grassroots Groups
This publication by Ken Wyman provides advice on fundraising for grassroots groups. It includes sections on the fundraising climate in Canada, the four types of fundraising, working with volunteers, and more.

Grantmakers Without Borders
Although not a grant-making source, this site offers helpful resource information for grantseekers, as well as links to sites that provide proposal-writing tips.

International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law has an online library of international laws affecting nonprofits worldwide, but primarily in Eastern Europe.

News and Information

Indigenous Peoples Issues and Resources
The leading source for news, reports, videos, articles and more on indigenous people from around the world.

Indigenous Environmental Network
Formed by grassroots Indigenous peoples and individuals to address environmental and economic justice issues (EJ).

Native Web
Native news from around the world

Intercontinental Cry
Founded in the summer of 2004, the Intercontinental Cry is  a volunteer-run and reader-funded journal dedicated to the world’s Indigenous population.

Indigenous Advocacy Groups

International Indian Treaty Council, USA
Assembly of First Nations, Canada
Indigenous Environmental Network, USA
Maasai Women’s Education and Economic Development, Kenya
Nyangatome Tribe, Ethiopia
Indigenous Peoples Restoration Network USA
Indian Law Resource Center (Rapa Nui)
Machik (Tibet)
CADPI, Nicaragua
Indigenuity, Canada
Koiyaki Guide School, Kenya
Nishnabe Aski Nation, Canada
Carrier Sekani Tribal Council (Boreal Forest), Canada
Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management, Belize
Northwest Indian Applied Research Institute, USA
James Bay Cree, Canada
Indigenous Information Network, Kenya – contact at
Pole Pole Foundation/Kahuzi-Biega National Park, Miti Centre, Bukavu, South Kivu
Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment, Kampala, Uganda
Conservation Services and South African National Parks – contact at
Forest Peoples Programme
Coordinator of Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin
Indigenous Women’s Network
International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Forests
International Indian Treaty Council
International Training Center of Indigenous Peoples
Mapuche Foundation – FOLIL
Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization

Non-Indigenous Advocacy for Indigenous Peoples

Human Rights Watch
Adivasi Development Network
U.S. Campaign for Burma
Institute for Gilgit-Baltistan Studies
Minority Rights Group
First Peoples Human Rights Coalition – contact at
Sacharuna Foundation – contact
U.S. Agency for International Development
ICDR (International Commission for Dalit Rights)
Africa Action: Activism for Africa since 1953
Aid to Artisans
Amnesty International
Center for World Indigenous Studies
Cultural Survival
Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide will do pro bono work for IP’s and they have lawyers all over the world to handle a variety of case types.
Global Response
Human Rights First
Indigenous Land Rights Fund
Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee
InterAction: A United Voice for Global Change
International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs
Kalahari Peoples Fund
Legal Resources Foundation of Zambia
Partners of the Americas
Physicians for Human Rights
Survival International
UNESCO – DANIDA  Programme on Human Rights
Women’s Education for Advancement and Empowerment (WEAVE)
Women for Women International
Women Vision International
Working Group of Indigenous Minorities in Southern Africa (WIMSA)