OVERVIEW: Supports organizations that amplify women’s voices to bring increased global attention to rights issues.
IP TAKE: This small grantmaker focuses its funding energies on grassroots groups nearly exclusively.
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 what it refers to as “pressing challenges.” These challenges include 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’ women’s rights grantmaking supports women leaders who “protect and restore their environment and sustainable ways of life.” The fund also invests in organizations protecting and promoting women’s rights. Much of the fund’s rights-related grantmaking revolves around disreputable activities conducted by corporations and governments that threaten the livelihoods of local communities such as land grabs, resource pillaging, exploitative practices of extractive industries and the pollution of water, air and soil.
Grant amounts are modest, typically no more than $5,000. One past grantee is the Uganda Women’s Water Initiative, which received an award for its work with women in the Gomba district to improve water and sanitation facilities using locally available materials. To get a broader sense of the types of organizations Global Greengrants supports and at what level, 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