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Land Defenders and Water Protectors

Grants to USA Indigenous-Based Nonprofits for
Programs to Protect and Defend the Earth

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Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples

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Grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 to USA Indigenous-based nonprofit organizations to protect Native lands and water resources against threats to the environment and their cultural vitality. Funding is intended for Native-led actions against unwanted development, incursions, and extractive industries as well as threats to sacred sites in Indigenous communities, lands, and territories.

Defenders and Water Protectors Program:
- Supporting Indigenous community-based organizations protecting Earth’s natural systems and ability to nurture and sustain life.
- Upholding Indigenous territorial sovereignty and self-determination, Native land stewardship practices, and the defense of sacred lands, waters, and species.

Potential projects may include:
- Peaceful direct actions and frontline organizing
- Sacred site protection
- Environmental education and issue advocacy
- Indigenous appropriate and traditional technologies

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185186

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $500 to $10,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Requirements -
- Leadership and Decision-making: A minimum of 80% Indigenous Board of Directors and also an Indigenous Executive Director
- Nonprofit Status: 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Status, Fiscal Sponsorship, or another tax-exempt status (if operating within the United States)

The Seventh Generation Fund does not support: Individuals, Non-Native organizations, religious missionizing efforts, purchase of vehicles, heavy equipment, capital campaigns, or scholarship funds

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are due:
- March 1, 2019
- October 11, 2019

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Send to your completed proposal package to:
Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples
Attn: Land Defenders Water Protectors
P.O. Box 4569
Arcata, CA 95518

Or submit to (Indicate "Proposal" in the subject line.)

For questions contact:
Carlrey Arroyo, Program Associate for Land Defenders and Water Protectors
707 825-7640 x123

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