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$5,000 Grants - call for videos on climate change

Dear Friends, 

First Peoples Worldwide is looking for videos submitted by Indigenous-led NGOs or NGOs working with Indigenous Peoples. These videos must show how climate change is impacting the Indigenous community, their local environment, and how the Indigenous Peoples are using traditional knowledge to adapt to and mitigate climate change. Each video we receive is considered an application for a $5,000 grant to continue your organization’s work using traditional knowledge to adapt to and mitigate climate change. The $5,000 grants are not for use to create another longer or more polished video. First Peoples Worldwide does not require that your video have special effects or finishing and can be produced using the video equipment and technical capacity available from the Indigenous community or organization.  

There is no specified length requirement however the maximum length of video that can be uploaded to YouTube is 10 minutes. You may upload your video in pieces if it is longer than 10 minutes. 
The only content requirements are that videos must include footage that covers the following five items: 

1. State the name of the Indigenous Peoples and where they live.
2. Show the effects of climate change on your territory. You may show photos, ask elders to explain the changes, or use video to show the damages to or changes in land and waterways.
3. Show the effects of climate change on the people in your community. You may discuss traditional livelihoods, access to food, shelter, and/or health.
4. Show how your community is using traditional knowledge to adapt to climate change on your territory and/or in your community.
5. Are you involved in any policy discussions with your government or any other political forum?

First Peoples Worldwide will make a total of three $5,000 grants, one each in the areas of general community, women, and youth responses to climate change. 

Organizations must meet the following criteria in order to be awarded a grant:
· Grants will not be awarded to individuals
· Organizations must be an Indigenous-led organization or fiscal agent acting at the request of an Indigenous community
· Organizations must be registered under the laws of the country in which they operate
· Organizations must have a bank account
· No grants can be awarded for travel to or activities within the United States

For further clarification, please contact Jessica Friswell at

Videos may be submitted in English, French, or Spanish. Transcript of local language must be submitted in English, French, or Spanish with the accompanying video only if there are no subtitles in English, French, or Spanish in your video already. We encourage using multiple voices from many community members. 

Grant funding must be used to continue work in the areas of climate change within the community as described in the video application. Your community or organization may submit more than one video, but not more than one video in each of the categories listed above.
The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2009
Grants will only be made once the winning organizations complete the necessary paperwork required by First Peoples Worldwide.
Please submit with your video the following information:
· The name of the Indigenous Peoples submitting the video and where they are located
· If your organization is an Indigenous-led NGO, CBO, fiscal agent or other (explain)
· A contact name and title for the person submitting the video
· The organization’s name, mailing address, country, email address, telephone, and fax
If an organization does not meet the criteria above, a grant cannot be made.
How to submit your video:
· Upload the video to YouTube and send the link to Jessica Friswell (
· Send a DVD or tape version of the video by mail to:
Jessica Friswell
First Peoples Worldwide
857 Leeland Road
Fredericksburg, VA 22405

Depending on the format of a tape version, First Peoples Worldwide may not be able to access your footage, so a digital format is preferred (YouTube, DVD). First Peoples Worldwide may be able to return your video tape to your organization if a request is made at the time of submission.

First Peoples Worldwide may use pieces of video on our website, in funder materials, or in group presentations.

First Peoples Worldwide reserves the right not to make a grant if we do not receive any video applications. If First Peoples does not receive video applications in one or more categories (general community, women, youth), we may make fewer than three grants. Applications received after October 31, 2009 will not be considered for grants. Not all applicants will be awarded grants.

Please forward this email to others who may be interested in applying.
Please contact Jessica Friswell ( with any questions.
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