Grants 2017

As You Sow
$35,000 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. Year 2 of 2. Source: WML

Biofuelwatch US
Fiscal sponsor: Friends of Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration
$25,000 for research, analysis and policy advocacy on the impacts of land-based geoengineering methods and synbio fuels. $25,000 in matching funds for second year. Year 1 of 2. Source: TOP/MCF

Center for Food Safety
$60,000 for the International Center for Technology Assessment project for legal work and policy advocacy to challenge the use of unregulated nanotechnology and synthetic biology products. Year 1 of 2. 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 regions. Year 1 of 2. Source: WML

EcoNexus
$25,000 for geoengineering and synthetic biology advocacy at the Convention on Biological Diversity and other venues. Year 1 of 2. Source: TOP/MCF

ETC Group
Fiscal sponsor: Friends of Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration
$150,000 in general support to promote conservation of food crop germplasm and agricultural biodiversity, and to encourage socially responsible development of new technologies. Year 1 of 2. Source: WML

ETC Group Philippines
Fiscal sponsor: Friends of Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration
$6,000 in cross-program project with Food Sovereignty in support of a Technology Assessment Platform in Asia-Pacific to increase civil society engagement with technology evaluation. Source: TOP/MCF

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 2 of 2. Source: WML

Hawai’i SEED
$20,000 for Protecting the Sacred, a community based project supporting positive alternatives to socially and ecologically inappropriate technologies in Hawai’i. Source: WML

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
$70,000 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 forums. Year 2 of 2. Source: WML

Lowell Center for Sustainable Production
Fiscal sponsor: University of Massachusetts Foundation
$25,000 for advancing prevention oriented policy and action related to engineered nanomaterials. Source: WML

Movement Generation
Fiscal sponsor: Movement Strategy Center
$15,000 for regional education and organizing around building resistance to synthetic biology and supporting just energy transitions. Year 2 of 2. Source: WML

Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa
$47,500 for amplifying the African voice for food sovereignty through strengthening the capacity of journalists and emerging leaders. Year 2 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. Year 1 of 2. Source: WML

Ceres Trust
$10,000 for a strategic planning process for the Pollinator Protection Network. Source: WML

Colectivo por la Autonomía
Fiscal sponsor: Friends of Action Group on Erosion, Technology & Concentration
$41,000 to strengthen resistance against GM maize plantings in Mexico and support the defense of maize as core to food sovereignty and self-determination. Year 1 of 2. Source: WML

Coordination Nationale des Organisations Paysannes du Mali
Fiscal sponsor: Institute for Food & Development Policy
$40,000 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 2 of 2. Source: WML

ECOPOL
Fiscal sponsor: Ecology Action of the Mid-Peninsula
$20,000 in general support to teach biointensive farming methods and establish sustainable family mini-farms throughout Latin America. Year 2 of 2. Source: WML

ETC Group Philippines
Fiscal sponsor: Friends of Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration
$32,800 in cross-program project with Emerging Technology for Towards a Technology Assessment Platform in Asia-Pacific to increase civil society’s capacity. 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 1 of 2. 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 West Africa. Source: TOP/MCF

Landless Workers Movement (MST)
Fiscal sponsor: Center for the Study of the Americas
$40,000 in support of their work building alliances and bringing agroecology to a territorial scale in Brazil. Source: TOP/MCF

La Via Campesina
Fiscal sponsor: Center for the Study of the Americas
$41,200 for seed campaign and agroecology work. Year 2 of 2. Source: TOP/MCF

Movimiento de Campesinos Populares
Fiscal sponsor: Center for the Study of the Americas
$40,000 to expand a native seed restoration project in Goias, Brazil. Year 1 of 2. Source: TOP/MCF

Pesticide Action Network North America
$25,000 to push for policymaker action to protect pollinators in the US and the UK. Year 1 of 2. Source: WML

União Nacional de Camponeses
Fiscal sponsor: Friends of Action Group on Erosion, Technology & Concentration
$40,000 to build agroecological training capacity in order to enable African farmers to advance agroecology as their vision for the future of agriculture. Source: TOP/MCF

University of California, Berkeley
Fiscal sponsor: Regents of the University of California
$30,000 to research how changes in farming practices along the diversification gradient may influence soil microbial communities in ways that exert important, yet indirect effects on pollinators. Source: WML

WhyHunger
$30,000 for advancing food sovereignty and agroecology in the US. Source: WML

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 1 of 2. Source: WML

Zimbabwe Smallholder Organic Farmers Forum
Fiscal sponsor: Center for the Study of the Americas
$40,000 for strengthening and defending African peasant seed systems. Year 1 of 2. 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 3 of 3. Source: WML

Black Movement-Law Project
Fiscal sponsor: Alliance for Global Justice
$15,000 in general support matching funds to provide legal support in the form of urgent response, capacity building, and technological tools to organizations and communities working to end police brutality and systemic racism. Source: WML

The Brennan Center
$40,000 for the Liberty and National Security Program to advocate for transparency and accountability in domestic intelligence collection. Year 2 of 3. Source: WML

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

Center for Media Justice
$12,500 for building political and popular pressure to bring meaningful reform to discriminatory surveillance around the country. Source: WML

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 2 of 3. Source: WML

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 3 of 3. Source: WML

Defending Rights and Dissent
$30,000 in general support to challenge the surveillance, repression, and criminalization of activists. Year 1 of 2. Source: WML

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: WML

Free Press
$12,500 for building political and popular pressure to bring meaningful reform to discriminatory surveillance around the country. 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: WML

National Lawyers Guild Foundation
$20,000 outright and $10,000 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. Year 2 of 2. Source: WML

National Security Archive Fund
$40,000 for the Open Government and Accountability Program to improve FOIA and federal agency e-records management, make White House emails and visitor logs open to the public, and other transparency efforts. Year 1 of 2. 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 2 of 2. Source: WML

Our World Is Not For Sale
Fiscal sponsor: Global Exchange
$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. Year 1 of 1. Source: WML

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. Year 2 of 2. Source: WML

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 1 of 3. Source: WML

Public Citizen Foundation
$125,000 for Global Trade Watch to make US and international trade policy and institutions socially equitable, environmentally sustainable, and democratically accountable. Year 1 of 2. Source: WML

Sierra Club Foundation
$70,000 for the Responsible Trade Program to educate the public, policymakers, and other environmental organizations about the environmental impacts of international trade agreements. Year 1 of 2. Source: WML

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse
Fiscal sponsor: Syracuse University
$10,000 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: WML