Global Greengrants Fund


Mission Statement

Global Greengrants Fund mobilizes resources for communities worldwide to protect our shared planet and work toward a more equitable world.


Global Greengrants Fund believes solutions to environmental harm and social injustice come from people whose lives are most impacted. Every day, our global network of people on the frontlines and donors comes together to support communities to protect their ways of life and our planet. Because when local people have a say in the health of their food, water, and resources, they are forces for change.
A sustainable Earth is a human right. Environmental threats, such as climate change, are also some of the most pressing social issues of our time.
To protect the environment, we invest in the people who eat from the land, who drink the water, and who want to see a better life for their children and generations to come.
Since 1993, Global Greengrants Fund has been one of the leading organizations in the world supporting grassroots-led efforts to protect the planet and the rights of people. Together with our diverse community of people on the frontlines and our supporters, we’ve impacted the lives of millions of people.
How do we do it?
We let local people take the lead.
Global Greengrants Fund is different from other international organizations in that we don’t try to dictate an agenda from afar. Instead, we trust local people to advance solutions and strategies that will best fit their needs, providing them the resources to make their ideas a reality.
To get money into the hands of people with the most effective solutions, Global Greengrants designed a grantmaking model that allows us to find and invest in ideas without bureaucracy or red tape. We offer a 25-year track record of success funding decisions made by our trusted network of dedicated volunteer experts, who act as our eyes and ears on the ground. They deliver knowledge of context and first-hand expertise, connecting our resources to local solutions that promote environmental justice. As a result, we are able to work in some of the most remote corners of the world, with groups and individuals who lack access to money through other means. For at least 40 percent of our grantees, Global Greengrants Fund is their very first funder.
Our ability to connect to frontline solutions that other organizations have no way of finding or supporting is wholly unique. This nimble, time-honored model is the heart and soul of Global Greengrants Fund.

Program Details

  1. Climate Justice: The real solutions to climate change will come from frontline communities resisting untenable fossil fuel development, the work of traditional farmers who practice soil conservation, the rights of indigenous people to defend their forests, and strong resilient communities with diverse economies and networks.
  2. Healthy Communities and Ecosystems: Local people are the most important stewards of the land, biodiversity, water, and their families' health. Global Greengrants Fund support communities to demand that polluters clean up toxins and waste, revive critical habitats such as coral reefs, and protect watersheds for future generations.
  3. Local Livelihoods: To save our planet, we must invest in the farmers, fisherfolk, beekeepers, and artisans whose economies restore the environment, ensure a fair wage, and survive in the face of disasters. This isn't just about income. It's about resisting boom and bust development that extracts natural resources at all costs.
  4. Right to Land, Water, and Resources: Secure community rights are the foundation of a healthy environment. We support indigenous people and communities to defend their ways of life, and stand up to extractive industries, land grabbing, and privatization.
  5. Women's Environmental Action: Women are on the frontlines of action to protect the Earth. They are also disproportionately impacted by environmental degradation. Lasting change must include women's voices and address gender inequalities. We are the world's leading supporter of women as agents of environmental change.
Primary Issue
Climate Change
Secondary Issue
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