Global Grant Program

The Christensen Fund

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Grant amount: US $50,000 - US $100,000

Anticipated deadline: Aug 31, 2019 (Pre proposal)

Applicant type: Government Entity College / University Nonprofit Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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The Global Program complements the work in our Regional Programs by addressing key policy and conceptual challenges through linking grassroots stewards and activists with global institutions, thought leaders and policy processes. We do this because there are growing opportunities at the international level for tackling the threats and constraints faced by local communities seeking to maintain their relationships to their land and seascapes. We support direct representation by traditional custodians in these policy processes and conferences, as well as through new media; alongside the facilitation of collaborations between Indigenous Peoples, local communities and the growing number of scientists, international agency officials, thought leaders and policy specialists who realize the significance of their engagement.

To complement these efforts to influence global policies and institutions we also support numerous programs to enable Indigenous Peoples and local communities to network, travel and train together in order to share what they are learning at a local level.

Primary Themes for Grantmaking

To catalyze a shift in the understanding of the interdependence of biological and cultural diversity, and the importance of local stewards and Indigenous Peoples in the maintenance of this diversity, the Global Program focuses on three themes.

Indigenous Peoples’ and Local Communities’ Biocultural Rights and Representation

This emerging track of the Global Program supports the efforts of Indigenous Peoples, local communities and their chosen allies to:

  • Support the vital, intricate and interconnected role that Indigenous Peoples and local communities, including Indigenous youth and women play in the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity and in the maintenance and continuance of traditional knowledge, identity and well-being.

  • Ensure that the international discourse on biocultural rights (including rights related to land, territory, culture, language, livelihoods, sovereignty, self-determination and/or development), includes the knowledge, views and authentic representation and participation of Indigenous Peoples and local communities.

  • Support the concrete, community-based, application and implementation of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and related feedback processes to regional and international arenas including the development of practical tools to promote, document and systemize UNDRIP locally, regionally and globally.

  • Support the capacity of Indigenous Peoples and local communities to better defend and to bolster their biocultural rights; increase options for Indigenous peoples’ leadership, including that of women and youth, on local, national and global levels.

Resilient Biocultural Landscapes

This established track of the Global Program works with a cluster of dedicated organizations that operate globally with strong local connections in order to:

  • Develop and strengthen legal and policy frameworks for the protection and continued custodianship by Indigenous and local peoples of their cultural landscapes and traditional territories.

  • Support communities to apply and share Indigenous long-term landscape management and community development tools, while enhancing the application of ‘resilience thinking’ in these contexts.

  • Raise public awareness of the importance of sacred sites in maintaining resilient biocultural landscapes at local, regional and global levels.

  • Connect the guardians of sacred sites and biocultural landscapes for mutual support, learning, and networking opportunities.

Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty

To underscore the importance of agrobiodiversity and agriculture in biocultural diversity globally and the increasing erosion of planetary support systems by the transformation of agriculture to more input-dependent and less diverse systems we are growing this track of the Global Program to enhance efforts to:

  • Link Indigenous and local organizations with other social movements and interested scientists to advance and mainstream agroecological, sustainable and resilient approaches to food and agriculture.

  • Develop global, regional, and local policies and institutions that defend community land tenure and the rights of Indigenous Peoples to determine their own food systems and economies.

  • Develop and integrate conceptual and policy tools for agrobiodiversity and agroecosystem methodologies into development work.

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  • Grant-seeking organizations need to be US 501(c)(3) or a similar not-for-profit organization, government unit, university or museum either in the USA or in another country.
  • Grants within the regional programs are generally directed to organizations based within those regions or, where appropriate, to international organizations working in support of the efforts of people and institutions on the ground.