CS Fund and Warsh-Mott Legacy Grant

CS Fund & Warsh-Mott Legacy

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

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Research

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:




The CS Fund was created in 1981 by Maryanne Mott and Herman Warsh, who together endowed the Warsh-Mott Legacy in 1985. CS Fund and Warsh-Mott Legacy (CSF and WML) are private family foundations that share common program areas, staff, and boards of directors. Proposals to the two foundations are considered collectively, and grants are made by both entities. The boards of directors of CSF and WML also make recommendations to the donor-advised TOP Fund at the Marin Community Foundation.

CSF and WML’s grantmaking is forward thinking and evolves over time, yet is guided by a commitment to consistent, long-term support. Some organizations have received funding from the foundations for three decades. CSF and WML recognize the importance of general support and multi-year grants in building institutional strength and longevity and provide such support when appropriate. Project-restricted grants are also made in order to advance specific foundation objectives.

Program Areas

CSF and WML currently have three grantmaking focuses:

  • Emerging Technologies
  • Food Sovereignty
  • Rights and Governance

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

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

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

Rights & Governance

CSF and WML’s Rights and Governance program area is dedicated to restoring and protecting the tenets articulated in the US Constitution.

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.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicant organizations must be classified as a 501(c)(3) by the US Internal Revenue Service.
  • Foreign applicants 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). 


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