Grants 2014

Alliance for Humane Biotechnology
Fiscal Sponsor: Friends of the Earth US
$10,000 for the Critical Conversations on Emerging Technologies series in 2014.
Source: WML

As You Sow
$40,000 for the Nanomaterials in Food Program for supply chain research and shareholder advocacy to keep potentially harmful nanomaterials out of food and food packaging and promote disclosure of nanomaterials used in food.
Source: CSF

Biofuelwatch US
Fiscal sponsor: Friends of Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration
$20,000 for research, analysis and policy advocacy on the impacts of land-based geoengineering methods and synthetic biology.
Source: WML

Center for Food Safety
$80,000 for the International Center for Technology Assessment project for legal work and policy advocacy to challenge the widespread use of untested and unregulated nanotechnologies.
Year 2 of 2. Source: CSF

Center for Genetics and Society
Fiscal Sponsor: Tides Center
$5,000 for the Synthetic Biology Project report on human synthetic biology applications.
Source: WML

Center for International Environmental Law
$60,000 for the Nanotechnology Policy Project to advocate a precaution-based framework for regulating nanotechnology in the European Union and other countries.
Year 2 of 2. Source: CSF

Coming Clean
$15,000 plus $15,000 in matching funds for the Nanotechnology Project, which brings together organizations working on toxics issues to conduct outreach and advocacy around nanotechnology.
Source: CSF

EcoNexus
Fiscal Sponsor: Gaia Foundation
$24,170 for geoengineering and synthetic biology advocacy at the Convention on Biological Diversity.
Six-month grant. Source: TOP/MCF

ETC Group
Fiscal sponsor: Friends of Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration
$140,000 in general support to promote conservation of food crop germplasm and agricultural biodiversity, and to encourage socially responsible development of new technologies.
Year 2 of 2. Source: CSF

$22,000 for stepped-up tech assessment and geoengineering advocacy.
Source: CSF

Friends of the Earth US
$70,000 for the Emerging Technologies Campaign to promote precautionary regulation of nanotechnology and synthetic biology through public education, campaigning and policy advocacy.
Year 1 of 2. Source: CSF

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
$65,000 for the Emerging Technologies and Agriculture Project to advocate for improved regulation and oversight of agricultural and food nanotechnology and synthetic biology in domestic and international policy.
Year 1 of 2. Source: CSF

International Forum on Globalization
$5,000 in support of an emerging technologies panel at a Teach-In on Techno-Utopianism.
Source: WML

Lowell Center for Sustainable Production
Fiscal sponsor: University of Massachusetts Foundation
$25,052 for advancing the use of an alterative assessment for engineered nanomaterials.
Source: WML

Acción por la Biodiversidad
Fiscal sponsor: Center for the Study of the Americas
$41,000 for the Coordinadora Latinoamericana de Organizaciones del Campo South American seed school.
Source: WML

African Centre for Biosafety
$17,000 for seed law training in Africa.
Source: TOP/MCF

Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa
Fiscal sponsor: African Biodiversity Network
$35,000 for strengthening AFSA’s communication capacity.
Year 1 of 2. Source: TOP/MCF

Centro de Estudios para el Cambio en el Campo Mexicano
Fiscal sponsor: Friends of Action Group on Erosion, Technology & Concentration
$20,000 to defend peasant seeds and organize social resistance to genetically modified maize in Mexico.
Source: WML

Colectivo por la Autonomía
Fiscal sponsor: Friends of Action Group on Erosion, Technology & Concentration
$40,190 to strengthen resistance against GM maize plantings in Mexico and support the defense of maize as core to food sovereignty and self-determination.
Source: TOP/MCF

Coordination Nationale des Organisations Paysannes du Mali
Fiscal sponsor: Institute for Food & Development Policy
$45,000 for a project in Mali to help farmers overcome the obstacles that prevent them from adopting agroecological farming methods.
Source: WML

Ecology Action of the Mid-Peninsula
$45,000 for training, providing technical expertise, and assisting international partners for GROW BIOINTENSIVE, a method of growing food that builds soil, utilizes open-pollinated seeds, and rejects synthetic chemical inputs.
Year 1 of 2. Source: CSF

Federation of Indonesian Peasant Union
Fiscal sponsor: Center for the Study of the Americas
$20,000 for a program in twelve Indonesian provinces that trains farmers to save local seeds, set up seed banks, establish demonstration sites for organic farming, and maintain biodiversity as the basis of food sovereignty.
Year 2 of 2. Source: TOP/MCF

Genetic Resources Action International
$40,000 for seed saving and soil building efforts in Latin America and Africa in collaboration with social movements and farmer organizations.
Year 2 of 2. Source: TOP/MCF

Indigenous Partnership for Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty
Fiscal sponsor: Bioversity International
$40,000 for the Indigenous Peoples Pollinator Network participation in Indigenous Terra Madre 2015.
Source: TOP/MCF

Jinukun
$40,000 for a project to help farmers overcome the obstacles that prevent them from adopting agroecological farming methods and to facilitate widespread adoption of agroecology in Benin.
Source: TOP/MCF

La Via Campesina
Fiscal sponsor: Center for the Study of the Americas
$41,200 for seed campaign and agroecology work.
Source: TOP/MCF

Movimiento de Campesinos Populares
Fiscal sponsor: Center for the Study of the Americas
$40,900 to expand a native seed restoration project in Goias, Brazil.
Source: TOP/MCF

Native Seeds/SEARCH
$10,000 for conservation of seeds native to the American Southwest and Northwest Mexico.
Year 2 of 2. Source: CSF

Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides
$10,000 for a project to protect pollinators through habitat enhancement.
Source: WML

Organización de Agricultores Biológicos
Fiscal sponsor: Friends of Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration
$28,035 for soil restoration and preservation of traditional maize varieties in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.
Year 2 of 2. Source: CSF

Pesticide Action Network North America
$25,000 to push for policymaker action to protect pollinators in the US and the UK.
Year 2 of 2. Source: CSF

Rural Advancement Foundation International USA
$40,000 for Reinvigorating Public Plant Breeding.
Year 2 of 2. Source: CSF

The Xerces Society
$40,000 for the Pollinator Conservation in Agriculture Program to advance the conservation of native agricultural pollinators and their habitat through advocacy, education and outreach, and applied research.
Year 2 of 2. Source: CSF

Zimbabwe Smallholder Organic Farmers Forum
Fiscal sponsor: Center for the Study of the Americas
$41,145 for strengthening and defending African peasant seed systems.
Source: TOP/MCF

American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
$45,000 in general support to promote a progressive interpretation of the Constitution and build a network of progressive leaders in law and public policy.
Year 2 of 2. Source: CSF

Bill of Rights Defense Committee
$40,000 in general support to marshal grassroots efforts around the country challenging national security and counterterrorism policies that threaten civil liberties.
Year 2 of 2. Source: CSF

The Brennan Center
$50,000 for the Liberty and National Security Program to advocate for transparency and accountability in domestic intelligence collection.
Year 1 of 2. Source: CSF

Center for Constitutional Rights
$115,000 in general support for litigation, organizing, and education efforts to protect constitutional rights.
Year 1 of 3. Source: CSF

The Constitution Project
$30,000 for the Rule of Law Program, a bipartisan effort to defend constitutional safeguards and promote transparency and accountability in government.
Year 1 of 2. Source: CSF

Constitutional Accountability Center
$45,000 in general support to advance the progressive promise of the Constitution’s text and history through litigation, advocacy, and scholarship.
Year 2 of 2. Source: CSF

DRUM – South Asian Organizing Center
$20,000 for the Coalition on National Security and Rights to elevate grassroots leadership in challenging government surveillance of Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian communities.
Source: WML

Electronic Frontier Foundation
$30,000 for the Transparency Project to strengthen the Freedom of Information Act and prevent excessive government secrecy.
Year 2 of 2. Source: CSF

Federation of American Scientists
$25,000 for the Project on Government Secrecy to reform classification policy in order to ensure public access to government information.
Year 1 of 2. Source: CSF

Free Press
$20,000 for advocacy and movement building to challenge mass surveillance.Source: WML

Government Accountability Project
$75,000 in general support matching funds to protect the public interest and promote government and corporate accountability by defending whistleblowers.
Year 1 of 3. Source: CSF

National Lawyers Guild Foundation
$20,000 in matching funds for the Mass Defense Project to provide legal observers and legal representation to citizens engaging in their constitutional right to protest, and to litigate repressive policies and practices that chill dissent.
Source: CSF

National Security Archive Fund
$40,000 for the Open Government and Accountability Program for their audits exposing and challenging the “performance gap” between FOIA reforms and their implementation.
Source: WML

OpenTheGovernment.org  
Fiscal sponsor: Fund for Constitutional Government
$30,000 in general support for the coalition’s efforts to reduce secrecy in government and advance the public’s right to know.
Year 1 of 2. Source: CSF

Our World Is Not For Sale
Fiscal Sponsor: Polaris Institute
$50,000 in general support plus $10,000 for communications costs for this worldwide network of organizations working to make international trade agreements more equitable, sustainable, and democratic.
Source: CSF

Partnership for Civil Justice Fund
$20,000 in general support plus $20,000 in matching funds to defend the constitutional rights of free speech and assembly, train attorneys in mass defense litigation, and expose government surveillance of activists.
Source: CSF

Project on Government Oversight
$40,000 in general support of this government watchdog’s investigations into waste, fraud and abuse and efforts to advance good government reforms.
Year 2 of 2. Source: CSF

Public Citizen Foundation
$115,000 for Global Trade Watch to make US and international trade policy and institutions socially equitable, environmentally sustainable, and democratically accountable.
Source: WML

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse
Fiscal sponsor: Syracuse University
$15,000 plus $15,000 in matching funds for The FOIA Project to bring transparency to the federal Freedom of Information Act process, especially in regard to decisions to deny public access to information.
Source: CSF

Asociación Interamericana para la Defensa del Ambiente
$25,000 for the Human Rights and the Environment Program to address environmentally based human rights violations throughout the Western Hemisphere.
Year 2 of 2. Source: CSF

Community Environment Legal Defense Fund
$50,000 in general support to help communities assert the right of local self-governance and the Rights of Nature in the face of environmentally and economically devastating corporate activities.
Source: WML

Council of Canadians
$20,000 plus $20,000 for the Blue Planet Project for advancing the human right to water.
Source: TOP/MCF

On the Commons
$30,000 in general support to revive the concept of the public commons and fight commercial exploitation of our shared heritage, including natural resources, public space, creativity, knowledge, history and culture.
Year 2 of 2. Source: WML