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FUNDING ANNOUNCEMENT

Self-Governance and FPIC Initiative

We are accepting applications!

First Peoples Worldwide (First Peoples) is pleased to announce its new Self-Governance and Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (FPIC) initiative, a funding opportunity to create or strengthen existing dialogue between Indigenous communities and corporations with respect to Indigenous rights and resources. The colonial period left Indigenous communities deeply scarred; their land, culture, and rights were systematically stripped away by colonists looking to profit from the rich assets utilized by Indigenous Peoples. Indigenous Peoples have struggled in the modern world to have their rights and traditional cultures acknowledged by their respective governments, countries, and the world at large. Now, Indigenous Peoples are speaking up to stop this blatant disregard for their rights, and they are being heard.

In 2007, the United Nations adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration), which has since been ratified by 143 countries and sets a global standard for the treatment of Indigenous Peoples. This vital, though not legally binding, declaration is helping to secure Indigenous rights worldwide, and FPIC, which is part of the Declaration, acts as an informal guideline to bringing Indigenous communities closer to securing self-governance.

The primary purpose of the Self-Governance and FPIC initiative is to empower Indigenous communities to use their traditional knowledge and governance structures, decision-making processes, and alliances with other communities, to develop strategic approaches to working with corporations encroaching on their lands and ways of life. To further promote FPIC policy development, this initiative will strengthen Indigenous community organizing, capacity in policy formulation, and communication efforts with governing or corporate authorities.

Through its Keepers of the Earth small grants program and fund, First Peoples promotes Indigenous self-governance and capacity to exercise FPIC. Grant applications will be accepted on a monthly basis through October 31st, annually.

Download the application here...

in English: DOCX

en Français: DOCX

en Español: DOCX

Our annual funding cycle is January 1 through October 31. In special circumstances, we may consider an application after October 31st, in which case you are encouraged to contact us to discuss special circumstances. We are currently accepting applications for the calendar year 2014 through October 31st. Please contact grants@firstpeoples.org if you have any questions about applying for a grant in 2014.

Before you apply for a grant, we ask that you read our Guidelines for Grant Applicants.

To submit a video application. Click on the link below to learn about our video application option.

SUBMIT A VIDEO APPLICATION

If you prefer to send us a paper copy of your proposal, please click on the link below to download and print the application. Instructions on how to submit your application through the mail are included in the document.

DOWNLOAD AND PRINT STANDARD APPLICATION

*PLEASE DOWNLOAD AND SAVE THE APPLICATION FORM TO YOUR COMPUTER BEFORE FILLING IT OUT. IF YOU MAKE CHANGES TO THE APPLICATION FORM BEFORE SAVING IT TO YOUR COMPUTER, THOSE CHANGES WILL BE LOST.*

in English: [PDF]

en Français: [PDF]

en Español: [PDF]

If you would like to submit a video application by mail, please click here for instructions.

Please keep in mind that it can take up to eight weeks to review and process your application. First Peoples Worldwide may contact you during this time for additional information.

Have more questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.

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