CS Fund/Warsh Mott Legacy: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: CS Fund/Warsh Mott Legacy award the majority of their food sovereignty grants to organizations working in the Global South.

IP TAKE: It is not unusual for these funders to offer long-term, multi-year support to its grantees.

PROFILE: Maryanne Mott and Herman Warsh created the CS Fund (CSF) in 1981. In 1985, the two endowed the Warsh-Mott Legacy (WML). While the two foundations are separate organizations, they share common staff and board of directors. The CS Fund/Warsh Mott Legacy also share common grantmaking program areas that include emerging technologies, food sovereignty, and rights and governance.

Both CSF and WML seek organizations that pursue “systemic solutions” toward “protecting human and environmental health, preserving biodiversity, prevention commodification of life, and defending democracy.” CSF and WML’s food sovereignty program awards grants to agricultural organizations that focus on preserving seeds, improving soil, and protecting and restoring native pollinator populations. Grants typically range from $10,000 to $40,000. Past grantees include the Xerces Society and the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa. To learn more about CSF and WML grantees, review their grants page.

CSF and WML accept unsolicited letters of inquiry throughout the year. Both organizations request that grantseekers refrain from sending full proposals unless invited to do so. The board generally makes funding decisions in April and November.

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