2009 Grants

Our 2009 list includes grants made from October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010. Please note that these grants are categorized according to our old program descriptions. Please see our updated program descriptions here.


AIDA: Inter-American Association for Environmental Defense, South America, $15,000
To support the representation of victims from La Oroya, Peru before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, build capacity among communities that oppose open-pit mines and create the Colombian environmental justice network.

Consultative Group on Biological Diversity: Climate and Energy Funders, Global, $2,000
To support their work promoting collaborative and strategic grant making in leading the transition to a clean energy future.

Earth Justice, Global, $20,000
To support on-going international work towards recognition of the impact of global climate change on human rights and the environment, and to ensure public participation in the negotiations via human rights bodies and collaborations with NGO’s and vulnerable Arctic and Caribbean communities.

Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria, Nigeria, $10,000
To promote genuine agrarian reform through agro-ecological practices and to ensure fuller grassroots participation in a conference on the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, which explains threats of contaminating the traditional seed base with genetically engineered varieties.

International Funders for Indigenous Peoples, Global, $5,000
To support efforts to increase funding for Indigenous peoples and to coordinate educational exchanges between the funding and Indigenous communities.

International League of Conservation Photographers, British Columbia, Canada, $30,000
To conduct a photo shoot of the Sacred Headwaters to be used in a campaign for the protection of this threatened region.

Land is Life, Ecuador, India, and Papua New Guinea, $11,000
To complete ongoing meetings and peace processes on behalf of and by Indigenous leaders including the Waorani of Ecuador, Meitei in North-East India and the Dewat Adat Papua (Papua Traditional Council) in West Papua New Guinea.

Office of the Wet’suwet’en, British Columbia, Canada, $50,000
To support formal efforts to prepare and file a cease and desist order with the Ministry of Forest and Range and Canadian Products enabling the Office of the Wet’suwet’en to bring up the issue of un-extinguished Aboriginal Title over key clan territories threatened by logging.

R.A.V.E.N. Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs, Canada, $191,000
To support the Beaver Lake Cree Nation case claiming that the proposed tar sands expansions are unconstitutional for infringement of treaty rights, particularly the right to hunt the woodland caribou.

Capacity Building

Confluence Philanthropy, United States, $10,000
To help underwrite the first year of operations in building a philanthropic community of practice in mission-related investing.

Klabona Keepers, British Columbia, Canada, $30,000
To strengthen communication and unity in the Iskut community by supporting a community coordinator as well as facilitating transport for the coordinator and elders so that Tahltan efforts to protect the Sacred Headwaters from imposing threats are grounded in community cohesion.

Land is Life, ASHIÑWAKA, Association of Sapara Women, Ecuador, $15,000
To organize and conduct community meetings to reach a consensus for territorial demarcation in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Shompole Maasai, Kenya, $5,000
To convene a communal meeting to discuss adaptation methods in the face of the devastating effects of climate change on the Maasai territory.

Land Use & Communities

Amazon Conservation Team, Columbia, $25,000
To draft a natural resource management plan that demonstrates the use of traditional Kofan medicine to protect the Orito Ingi-Ande Medicinal Plant Sanctuary.

ANDES: The Association for Nature and Sustainable Development, Peru, $15,000
To support ongoing work defending indigenous peoples’ rights to genetic resources, traditional knowledge, and Indigenous Biocultural Heritage in the Peruvian Andes.

EkoRural, Ecuador, $50,000
To strengthen internal and local capacities as well as strategic partners involved in national and international advocacy concerning rural people, including climate change adaptation, sustainable and alternative agriculture, and family health.

Global Greengrants Fund, Global, $50,000
To help launch the Global Greengrants Climate Fund as a means of increasing the availability of small grants for community-based organizations, grassroots activists, and the new and merging climate networks in developing countries around the world.

Groundswell International, Global, $50,000
To develop organizational capacity and consolidate a global partnership organization focused on people-centered rural development in Haiti, Ecuador, Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Mali, as well as the wider movement for sustainable agriculture and food systems.

Pathfinder International, Bangladesh, $200,000
To deliver quality reproductive health, maternal and newborn care to underserved women, children and adolescents.

Low Carbon Economy

New Soil Quantum, United States, $25,000
To help establish the non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization New Soil Quantum and to support the creation of a business plan.

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