First Peoples Worldwide: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: First Peoples Worldwide supports a variety of grantmaking - from indigenous peoples’ land and resource rights to environmental stewardship and cultural preservation.

IP TAKE: This grantmaker seeks to advance the development of indigenous communities while maintaining their cultural heritage. First Peoples will only fund projects that are led or initiated by the local indigenous communities.  

PROFILE: Based in Fredericksburg, Virginia, First Peoples Worldwide awards global development grants to projects that benefit indigenous peoples around the world. According to the foundation, “less than .01 percent of the world’s development funding goes directly to indigenous communities." First Peoples awards grants related to a wide range of development challenges faced by indigenous populations across the globe. The organization facilitates the use of traditional Indigenous knowledge in "solving today’s challenges, including climate change, food security, medicine, governance and sustainable development."

Unique among grantmakers, the FPW is an entirely Indigenous-led organization that provides funding directly to Indigenous communities. As a result, in order to receive funding grantseekers' projects "must be led or initiated by the local indigenous communities." Grants range from $500 to $5,000 for first-time applicants, and up to $10,000 for previous grantees. All grants are capped at a maximum of $20,000.

First Peoples Worldwide prides itself on its open application process. It accepts proposals in whatever format suits the applicant best. Proposals are accepted throughout the year.


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