Funding Sources

The Cottonwood Foundation is dedicated to promoting empowerment of people, protection of the environment, and respect for cultural diversity. The foundation focuses its funding on committed, grass roots organizations that rely strongly on volunteer efforts and where foundation support will make a significant difference. At least 90% of Cottonwood Foundation's expenditures will be for grants to other organizations.

The Forest Peoples Project is a registered UK charity that promotes the collective and individual rights of forest peoples by (1) providing training, technical support and policy advice to help forest peoples strengthen their organizations, manage their resources and develop their communities, (2) working with local communities to support farming, crafts and other income-generating activities, education, housing, and appropriate technology, and (3) analyzing and documenting how conservation areas affect indigenous peoples, and promote dialogue between them and conservation agencies to foster community participation in management of natural resources.

The Foundation Center helps grantseekers succeed and grantmakers make a difference. The website offers a database, directory, and a wealth of information that helps seekers find funders.

The Global Greengrants Fund supports grassroots groups working for environmental justice and sustainability around the world. Greengrants fund grassroots action in some of the world's most despoiled and impoverished places. Grassroots groups are key to solving intractable problems and halting cycles of poverty, powerlessness and environmental destruction. Greengrants offer hope and tap the energy of communities where other sources of support are unavailable.

Grants and Fundraising Portal contains a comprehensive listing of foundations, funds, and grants (with links) as well as information on grantwriting, application procedures, and funding source identification.

Honor the Earth has had the privilege of working in partnership with and awarding grants to over 100 grassroots Native organizations since 1993. From sacred sites protection and energy justice initiatives to language and lifeways restoration, these groups work diligently to protect their land, their lives, their culture and traditions against great odds.

The India Environment Trust (IET) is a registered charity in the UK, set up to support the work of environmental NGOs and citizens who work on protecting and improving India's environment.

Integrated Approaches to Participatory Development(IAPAD) is a website dedicated to assuring grassroots' participation in the project cycle and is committed to facilitating the interaction of less favored groups of society with local government institutions and donor agencies.

The International Funders for Indigenous Peoples (IFIP), an affinity group of the Council on Foundations, was formed to provide a voice for increased, dedicated funding for international indigenous initiatives, and a venue for communications and resource sharing among international funders of indigenous peoples. 

The Lannan Foundation’s Indigenous Communities Program(ICP) supports the resolve of Native Americans to renew their communities through their own institutions and traditions. Funding priority is given to rural indigenous projects that are consistent with traditional values in the areas of education, Native cultures, the revival and preservation of languages, legal rights, and environmental protection.

The Onaway Trust was established in 1974 with the overall objective to relieve poverty and suffering. This is expressed in many areas and includes the protection of the environment, the support of children and adults with learning difficulties, the assistance of smaller charities whose aim is to safeguard sick, injured, threatened or abandoned animals and emergency relief for victims of disaster. Remaining central, however, since Onaway's inception is the support of indigenous peoples - particularly Native Americans.

The Peoples of the World Foundation (education for and about indigenous peoples) works with indigenous peoples to document their traditional and modern life, sponsor their education and help them adapt to the challenges they face in a changing world.

The Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation identifies and nurtures those individuals who have the ability and determination to make a significant environmental impact and to support projects which will have direct, early and measurable results in improving the quality of our natural environment.

The Seventh Generation Fund (SGF) has grown in vision and direction over the decades to reach Indigenous community-based projects, from the villages of Alaska to the depths ofSouth America, with a dynamic integrated program of issue advocacy, small grants, technical assistance, management training and leadership development.

The UN Global Environment Facility's (GEF) Small Grants Programme aims to deliver global environmental benefits in the GEF Focal Areas of biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation, protection of international waters, prevention of land degradation (primarily desertification and deforestation), and elimination of persistent organic pollutants through community-based approaches.

The World Bank’s IK Program has launched a virtual market place to connect proposal seekers with funding agencies. This will be an electronic forum where one can post proposals to mainstream IK on the web and seek funding.