CS Fund and Warsh-Mott Legacy Grant

CS Fund & Warsh-Mott Legacy

Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $150,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Research

Location of project: Preferred: Africa, Caribbean, Central America, Central Asia, South America, Southern Asia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Georgia, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Korea, Democratic People's Republic Of, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Oman, Palestine, State of, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Yemen Other eligible locations: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

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Be advised that CSF/WML is currently in the process of reducing its grantmaking, and our ability to entertain new proposals is especially limited during this time.

Throughout their histories, CSF and WML have been dedicated to progressive social change: protecting human and environmental health, preserving biodiversity, preventing the commodification of life, and defending democracy. The foundations are committed to addressing root causes of problems and supporting systemic solutions. CSF and WML’s current giving focuses on 3 main areas: food sovereignty, emerging technology, and rights and governance.

Program Areas

Food Sovereignty

Food sovereignty emphasizes the right of people to define their own localized, culturally appropriate, and ecologically sound food and agriculture systems. Food sovereignty is deeply connected to global struggles for a more socially just and sustainable world and integrates some of the most critical issues facing humanity into a clear mandate for action.

CSF and WML's Food Sovereignty program area is grounded in traditional agricultural knowledge and agroecological practices. The foundations' grantmaking focuses on three cornerstones of agrobiodiversity and food system resilience:

  • Preserving native and heirloom seeds

  • Building healthy and fertile soils

  • Protecting and restoring the populations and diversity of native pollinators

Emerging Technologies

While emerging technologies now being developed and commercialized may result in useful applications, they can also have serious negative social, environmental and political consequences. That’s why emerging technologies need precautionary assessment, regulation and oversight – including those that are fast tracked and marketed as “techno-fixes” or “green” panaceas to climate change and other crises.

CSF and WML focus on developments in three emerging and converging technologies in particular:

  • Nanotechnology – the creation and commercialization of tiny bits of matter (a nanometer is one billionth of a meter)

  • Synthetic biology – the design, manufacture and release of artificially created DNA

  • Geoengineering – intentional, large-scale climate manipulation through a range of methods

Rights & Governance

CSF and WML's Rights and Governance program area is dedicated to restoring and protecting the tenets articulated in the US Constitution including:

We are especially focused on the areas of:

  • Dissent – Protecting and advancing the rights to free speech and assembly.
  • Open Government – Making the federal government more transparent, effective, and accountable.
  • Rule of Law – Ensuring that US national security policies respect constitutional rights, domestic laws, and international treaties.
  • The Constitution and the Courts – Building a progressive legal movement to counter conservative and corporate influence.

In the realm of international governance, CSF and WML have also long funded in the area of:

  • Trade – Making the rules of global commerce more democratic, just, and sustainable.

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  • US-based organizations must have 501(c)(3) status.

  • Foreign applicants are encouraged to find a US-based fiscal sponsor when applying.

  • Foreign applicant should note that CSF and WML make a very limited number of direct grants abroad (i.e., without fiscal sponsorship by a US-based organization).

  • Projects working within CSF and WML’s giving priority areas (mentioned above).


  • This program makes most of its grants to organizations working in the Global South.


  • The foundations do not provide support to individuals, endowments, books, films, or direct lobbying activities.

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