Global Greengrants Fund: Grants for Marine Conservation

OVERVIEW: The Global Greengrants Fund supports organizations that protect oceans and marine life.

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’ marine and coastal conservation grantmaking supports local communities protecting the world's oceans and marine life. The fund invests in an array of conservation and protection related activities ranging from combating deep sea mining and protecting endangered marine species.

Grant amounts are modest, typically no more than $5,000. Past grantees include the Salmon Coast Field Station Society, which received an award for its work promoting the restoration of wild salmon and orca. The Tides Canada Foundation is also a former grantee, which received an award to implement its Marine Planning Partnership for the North Pacific Coast. 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.

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