Sustainable Agriculture Grants

Fondation Ensemble

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Grant amount: Up to €50,000

Anticipated deadline: Feb 1, 2021 (Pre proposal)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Ecuador, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Mozambique, Myanmar, Peru

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Sustainable Agriculture Focus Area

Current Situation

Around one third of the planet's land surface is used for agriculture. Nitrates, phosphates and pesticides are making the land infertile – land that can be fertile and productive when it is respected through sustainable farming practices. Never have the world's natural resources been under so much pressure. Crop and livestock production is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases and the main cause of biodiversity loss worldwide. Rather than feeding humanity – all of humanity – crop and livestock production could instead lead to its demise. Unless...

Scope of the Projects Funded

In this sector of intervention, the Foundation aims to participate in addressing the environmental, social and economic challenges involved in a sustainable agriculture that focuses on the needs of the world's poorest populations. The projects we fund are in areas where the environment is most degraded or under greatest threat, and where local populations are most at risk.

The projects funded by the Foundation take the following factors into account:

  • Development of good farming practices (crop diversification; solutions that respect water resources; elimination of chemical inputs; agroecology; agroforestry, etc.)
  • Capacity building for representative bodies
  • Scaling up through a serious implication of local and/or national authorities, and support and advocacy actions to promote policies favorable to the replication of these sustainable approaches
  • Local recognition of the right of populations to develop their land, from public awareness initiatives to practical applications
  • Development of community entrepreneurship (small business and crafts activities; organization of production, distribution and sales networks, etc.)
  • Greenhouse gas mitigation and/or adaptation to climate change.

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


  • Basic Criteria:
    • Your project corresponds to the Foundation’s mission: it is driven by the demands and needs of the local populations. It aims to bring concrete and sustainable improvements to the target communities’ living conditions (social and economic impacts) while protecting and/or rehabilitating the environment (environmental impacts).
    • The project activities come within the Foundation’s focus sector: sustainable agriculture
    • The project activities are undertaken in one of the Foundation’s six focus countries: Ecuador, Peru, Mozambique, Laos, Myanmar.
      • Coastal areas of Madagascar are from now on also eligible but only for biodiversity and sustainable fishing projects.
    • The duration of the grant requested from the Foundation is from two to four years.
    • The funding requested is approximately € 50 000 per year, maximum.
    • The funding requested does not exceed 50% of the total project budget.
    • The proposed implementation areas will have to be accessible for visits by Fondation Ensemble’s staff.
    • Mid-term and final evaluations will have to be budgeted and carried out.
  • Additional Criteria
    • Your project is in line with the national strategy of the intervention country.
    • The project is participatory and partnership-based: it is designed and implemented in conjunction with the relevant populations and with recognized local and/or international partners, and fosters capacity building.
    • The project aims at scaling up through a serious implication of local and/or national authorities, and support advocacy actions to promote policies favorable to the replication of the developed approaches.
    • The project delivers sustainable and measurable results, based on appropriate concrete action, contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
    • The project encourages innovation whenever possible.
    • The project contributes to fight climate change, by taking into account its expected effects (adaptation) but also, when possible, by tackling greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation).
    • The project encourages an entrepreneurial approach and the development of local businesses that create jobs and ensure sustainability and replication.
    • The project promotes the empowerment of women, whenever possible, and encourages genuine participation by women in all stages and at all levels of project implementation, particularly in coordination and governance bodies.
    • The project promotes a rights-based approach and encourages shared responsibility between all stakeholders, including the poorest and most vulnerable, community or business organizations, and those in positions of power (institutional, economic, social, religious, etc.).
    • The project budget (in euros) makes provision for mid-term and final evaluations. It indicates the costs to be covered by Fondation Ensemble, including administrative costs (10% maximum of direct costs) that incorporate head office support costs.
    • Your proposal contains a forecast financing plan, listing the names of all donors and their confirmed or expected contributions. Even if your project is selected by the Foundation, a grant agreement can only be signed when at least 75% of the funding (including the Foundation’s contribution) has been confirmed, with supporting documentary evidence.
    • Your NGO and/or your implementing partner must be registered and allowed to work in the intervention country.
    • Your NGO must have been in existence for at least three (full) years and have an annual budget of at least € 500 000.
    • The proposal must be written in French or in English.


  • The Foundation no longer funds projects in Cambodia.
  • The Foundation does not provide funding for university research projects, theses or doctorates. It does not award scholarships.
  • The Foundation does not provide funding for publications, conferences, translations or exhibitions.