OVERVIEW: The Global Greengrants Fund supports organizations working on solutions to “climate chaos” and those fighting to save the planet.
IP TAKE: This small grantmaker focuses its funding on local, community, and grassroots groups.
PROFILE: Chet Tchozewski founded the Global Greengrants Fund in 1993 to support “communities worldwide to protect our shared planet and work toward a more equitable world.” The fund currently focuses its grantmaking on 12 pressing challenges: biodiversity, food and agriculture, marine and coastal conservation, climate change, forest and land rights, sustainable livelihoods, energy and mining, fresh water, women’s rights and leadership, environmental health, indigenous rights, and youth leadership.
Global Greengrants’ climate grantmaking supports “projects to restore forests, resist bad development, and advocate for smart climate policies.” Past grantees include Indigenous Climate Action, which received a small grant to host an indigenous peoples meeting on climate change in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The Arab Youth Climate Movement Lebanon is also a past grantee, having received support for its campaign to persuade the Lebanese government to invest in renewable energy.
Grant amounts tend to be modest, typically no more than $5,000. To learn more about the fund’s grantees, explore its searchable grants database.
The Global Greengrants Fund does not accept unsolicited requests for funding. Instead, this funder uses a team of volunteer advisors to identify grassroots groups and advise the fund on its grantmaking.
- Teresa Odendahl, President and CEO
- Anthony Noble, Vice President and CFO
- Peter Kostishack, Director of Programs
- Allison Davis, Deputy Director of Programs