United Nations Trust Fund

 The Trust Fund for the Second Decade was established to promote, support and implement the objectives of the Decade. The Fund gives priority to projects concerning the main areas of the Second Decade: culture, education, health, human rights, the environment and social and economic development. The Advisory Group for the Trust Fund for the Second Decade consists of members of the Permanent Forum’s Bureau.

Indigenous organizations or organizations working for indigenous peoples can apply for small grants from the Trust Fund. Guidelines to applicants for the Fund will be available when the call opens every year.

The Fund is mainly used for small grants projects with a budget for up to US$ 10,000 covering one year’s expenses.

From 2006 to 2012, the Trust Fund awarded grants to a total of 126 projects with a predominance of projects in Asia, Africa and Central and East Europe and Caucasus. Due to limited resources, the Trust Fund has, however, only been able to grant funds to 126 out of a total of 2845 project proposals submitted .

The projects funded have mostly covered the area of human rights (38%) and social and economic development (21%), with 33% focusing specifically on women and 29% on youth – a continually increasing trend. Also, of the funded projects, 57% provided an important opportunity for indigenous peoples to engage directly in dialogue with States.

The projects have mainly been implemented with a local focus (76%), with a majority in the rural areas (67%).
2014 Call for Proposals

Applications in response to the 2014 call for proposals will be accepted between 23 September 2013 and 1 November 2013. Applications are to be submitted to: indigenousfund@un.org during this time period. Alternatively, they may be sent by post to the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum (see application form for details, which will be available on this page beginning 23 September 2013).

This year, priority will be given to projects that focus on the areas of (i) culture (with a specific focus on indigenous languages); and (ii) the environment (with a specific focus on the respect of the principle of free, prior and informed consent). The proposals will be assessed by the Bureau of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in May 2014 and successful applicants will receive notice thereafter. A list of the organizations awarded grants will also be posted on this website.

Please note:

Use of SPFII application form is mandatory

Projects must have a focus on indigenous peoples and must focus on the areas of culture or the environment

Projects will be disregarded if all the required information is not submitted

Additional information pertaining to the proposal will not be accepted beyond the deadline of submission

Applications submitted outside of the time period of the call for proposals or to other email addresses will not be considered for funding

Projects may be submitted in English, French, Spanish or Russian

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