Community Funding

Funding from non-for-profit agencies, foundations and charities. You can also find funding guides listed here.

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The New Indigenous Peoples Funding and Resource Guide

The Indigenous Peoples Funding and Resource Guide ,which was developed in collaboration with International Funders forIndigenous Peoples and First Peoples Worldwide, has been distributed tohundreds of Indigenous communities and nonprofit organizations in bothEnglish and Spanish. The Funding and Resource Guide helpsbuild the capacity for Indigenous communities to increase theirparticipation as successful grant-seekers. It contains practicalinformation that includes the elements of a proposal; how to conductfoundation research; useful research websites; glossary of fundraisingterms; and information on more than 250 foundations, corporations, andgovernment agencies who provide funding for Indigenous and grassrootsprojects.

Ken Wilson, Executive Director of Christensen Fund quotes:
"By enabling indigenous organizations worldwide to identifypotential sources of grant funds this Guide beautifully addresses animportant reason why foundations and indigenous people have so rarelybeen able to partner directly, despite the needs and opportunities. TheChristensen Fund is distributing the Guide among its grantees aroundthe world to help them identify foundation's with common interests andto begin to diversify their funding. We would encourage otherfoundations to do likewise."

The Guide contains seven primary sections:

  • Elements of a Proposal, provides a brief description of what a proposal contains and examples for each section.
  • Researching Foundations, provides a step-by-step guide on how to conduct foundation research.
  • Research Websites, provides information on various websites that can assist you in your fundraising endeavors.
  • Glossary of Terms, provides definitions of key words found in proposal guidelines, elements of a proposal and other important terms.
  • Foundation and Corporate Grantmakers Funding Indigenous People, contains funding organizations that directly fund Indigenous organizations and projects worldwide.
  • International Foundation and Corporate Grantmakers, includes philanthropic institutions that fund in various countries and regions of the world.
  • Index of Regions, contains an index of the various regions and countries and the page number within the Guide where information on the funder can be found for a particular country or region of the world.

To purchase copies, download form here and fax to 1-518-358-9544 or call 1-518-358-9500

A New Trail: Fundraising for Cultural Research and Land Use and Occupancy Studies


2007 Announcement of Opportunity for CGDI User Communities

September 17 – October 12, 2007

GeoConnections is pleased to announce the second round of a new funding opportunity. The program is now soliciting letters of intent for projects that will ultimately account for, build, and draw upon distributed sources of location-based or “geospatial” information over the Internet. Projects will address specific issues within one or more of four priority areas: public health, public safety and security, environment and sustainable development, and matters of importance to Aboriginal people. Projects should assess and make use of the policies, standards, technologies, services, and data sets that comprise the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI), and they should facilitate information sharing in support of decision making. Furthermore, projects funded through this Announcement of Opportunity (AO) will build capacity within user groups, and also promote, expand, and increase the use of the CGDI.
Proposals will be accepted from government departments or agencies (local, provincial/territorial, or federal), Crown corporations, academic institutions, private-sector organizations, non-government organizations, and Aboriginal communities and organizations.
Under this AO, the largest ever offered by GeoConnections, proponents may apply for support in the following areas: strategic planning, capacity building, user needs assessments, thematic data, data standards, regional atlases, and geospatial decision support systems. GeoConnections may support initiatives that consist of related projects in more than one of these areas. Multi-year funding is available.
For more information on this funding opportunity, please see the full AO for 2007 Announcement of Opportunity for CGDI User Communities.