The Darrell Posey Fellowship Program also awards Small Grants to support Indigenous and community groups addressing traditional resource and other rights issues. The incorporation of Small Grants into the Fellowship Program reflects the widespread need for small, strategic sums to fill gaps in funding, respond to crises, or catalyze resource management change or institutional development. Small Grants are $5,000 per year for two years.
The 2012-2014 Small Grant recipients are San Martin Tikunas Amacayacú and NATRIPAL
San Martin Tikunas Amacayacú (Colombia): This Indigenous community group from the Colombian Amazon has worked hard to strengthen their traditional resource rights, with the result that they are about to receive legal recognition of their ancestral lands. They plan to use the grant to develop a management plan for the natural resources in their territory, based on their traditional knowledge. They also hope to continue monitoring the state of natural resource extraction and mining activities in the same area by outside forces.
NATRIPAL (Philippines): NATRIPAL is a federation of indigenous peoples in Palawan province in the Philippines that has assisted its constituents with ancestral land titling, resource management and conservation, lobbying against forest destruction from mining and oil palm plantations, and organizing sustainable community-based enterprises from non-timber forest products (NTFPs), among others. The grant requested will be used to revamp the almaciga resin industry by putting it back in the hands of the indigenous communities who are sustainably harvesting this resource using their traditional harvesting methods.