Grants 2018

Emerging Technologies


ʻĀina Momona
$16,000 six month grant for their work studying the impacts of synbio and gene drives in Hawaiʻi and expanding Indigenous advocacy around these issues. Source: CSF

 

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

 

Castanea Fellowship
Fiscal sponsor: Windward Fund
$10,000 in support of equipping new leaders in elevating emerging technology issues while accelerating transformational change in the US food system. Year 1 of 2. Source: WML  

 

Clean Water Fund
$20,000 in support of their work to ensure nanomaterials hazards are included in Massachusetts toxic use reduction plans. Source: WML

 

Climate Justice Alliance
Fiscal sponsor: Movement Strategy Center
$35,000 in support of Climate Justice Working Group on Geoengineering to integrate geoengineering critiques into the growing movement against extreme energy and false solutions to global warming. Source: WML  

 

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 2 of 2. Source: WML

 

Friends of the Earth US
$75,000 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

 

Hawaiʻi SEED
$25,000 for Awakening the Next Gen, a community-based project educating science students and teachers on synbio issues and fostering Native Hawaiian leadership.  Source: CSF  

 

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
$60,000 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 1 of 3. Source: WML  

 

Third World Network
$25,000 for Strengthening Indigenous peoples capacity to address synthetic biology at the Convention on Biological Diversity. Source: TOP/MCF

 

Food Sovereignty


African Women’s Collaborative
Fiscal sponsor: Oakland Institute
$10,000 to support the Women’s Collaborative for Healthy Food Systems Leadership Workshop, catalyzing an important new approach to empowering the women who produce 70% of Africa’s food. Source: WML

 

Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa
$39,300 for amplifying the African voice for food sovereignty through strengthening media outreach and internal communications. Year 1 of 2. Source: TOP/MCF

 

Castanea Fellowship
Fiscal sponsor: Windward Fund
$10,000 in support of equipping new leaders to accelerate transformational change in the US food system.  Source: WML

 

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 2 of 2. Source: WML

 

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

 

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 2 of 2. Source: WML

 

Coordination Nationale des Organisations Paysannes du Mali
Fiscal sponsor: Institute for Food & Development Policy
$40,000 for agroecology capacity building in Africa. 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: 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 1 of 2. Source: WML

 

La Via Campesina
Fiscal sponsor: Center for the Study of the Americas
$41,200 for seeds and agroecology work. Year 1 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 the rural countryside of Brazil. Source: Year 1 of 2. TOP/MCF

 

Sociedad Científica LatinoAmericana de Agroecología
Fiscal sponsor: Center for the Study of the Americas
$12,000 to create intercontinental collaboration among emerging agroecology networks. Source: CSF

 

Southeastern African American Farmers Organic Network
Fiscal sponsor: Inquiring Systems, Inc
$35,000 for Afroecology Training School, bringing together Black farmers and allies for trainings grounded in Black agrarian history and culture. Year 1 of 2. Source: CSF

 

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. Year 1 of 2. Source: TOP/MCF

 

WhyHunger  
$35,000 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 2 of 2. Source: WML

 

Rights and Governance


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 1 of 3. Source: CSF

 

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

 

Center for Media Justice
$15,000 for building racial justice leadership and strategies to reform discriminatory surveillance, in partnership with Free Press. Year 1 of 2. 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 1 of 3. Source: CSF

 

Free Press
$15,000 for building racial justice leadership and strategies to reform discriminatory surveillance, in partnership with the Center for Media Justice. Year 1 of 2.Source: WML

 

National Lawyers Guild Foundation
$25,000 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 1 of 2. Source: CSF

 

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 2 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 1 of 2. Source: WML

 

Our World Is Not For Sale
Fiscal sponsor: Global Exchange
$60,000 in general support for this worldwide network of organizations working to make international trade agreements more equitable, sustainable, and democratic. Year 1 of 2. 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 1 of 2. Source: WML

$10,000 for the Protect Free Speech Legal Action Project to defend the right to protest in Washington, DC. 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 2 of 3. Source: WML

 

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