$15,000 to support an Indigenous-led Women’s Leadership School that is promoting a new model for economic, environmental, and cultural resilience led by women in some of the Indigenous societies hit hardest by oil extraction, mining, and agriculture in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The school is designed to bring women together to foster empowerment and livelihood opportunities […]
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Organización Waorani de Pastaza (OWAP) and Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas del Ecuador (CONAIE)
$5,000 to support two inspiring Indigenous leaders from Ecuador, Nemonte Nenquimo, the co-founder of the Indigenous organization Ceibo Alliance and the first woman leader of the Waorani people, and Leonidas Iza Salazar, who was elected last June as the new president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE), towards the transportation, accommodation, and […]
$5,000 to support Papua-based organizations planning and hosting side events for the Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance of the Archipelago (AMAN) Congress, which happens every 5 years and was held in 2022 in Papua, Indonesia. Activities included a workshop for the broader AMAN network focusing on the particular circumstances the Indigenous land rights movement is facing in […]
$10,000 to support a weeklong delegation of Indigenous and traditional community representatives from Sumatra, Kalimantan, and Papua, Indonesia, along with NGO partners supporting their land rights cases, to participate and intervene in the Forest Stewardship Council General Assembly regarding the FSC certification system’s current impact on communities in Indonesia. Through participation in the 10-person delegation, […]
$5,000 to support submitting results from a participatory mapping process for Bunin Village to keep protected from a palm oil plantation nearly 7,000 acres of community-held lands and lowland rainforest in an area known as an important habitat for critically endangered Sumatran elephants in the Leuser Ecosystem in Sumatra, Indonesia.
$10,000 to support a multimedia investigation to tell the story of what happened to Brazilian Indigenous rights advocate Bruno Pereira and British journalist Dom Phillips who were brutally murdered in June 2022, as well as highlight the stories of the Indigenous communities within the Javari Valley that are fighting for their way of life and […]
$7,000 to support the ongoing conflict resolution process for Lubuk Mandarsah Village, located in Jambi province on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, which has lost 3,700 acres of previously community-managed lands to an Asia Pulp & Paper owned plantation that has also cleared natural forest and peatlands. WALHI Jambi and partner organizations are working to […]
$6,000 to support COICA Program for the Defense of Indigenous Defenders, specifically supporting a community’s efforts to re-secure autonomy over their 5,000 acre territory in the Ecuadorian Amazon and stop unwanted uranium mining exploration through a legal appeal process, as well as supporting threatened leaders.
$10,000 to support Pueblo Originario Kichwa de Sarayaku’s governing body and plan, including monitoring ongoing compliance of legal victories and holding several planning assemblies on their territory in the Ecuadorian Amazon. A key gathering that this grant contributed towards is the First Summit of Knowledge of the Indigenous Peoples (Kawsari I) held on Sarayaku territory […]
$7,500 to support the Tibet Climate Crisis campaign, including a conference and week-long direct action camp in India, as well as SFT bringing a delegation of Tibetan youth to the COP27 climate negotiations in Egypt. These activities are preparing young people to take action, offering training for trainer tracks for Tibetan youth to become direct […]
$8,000 to support efforts to strengthen Indigenous community-based monitoring strategies through direct outreach to Indigenous communities impacted by coal and tar sands across Alberta, Canada, as well as through several smaller community meetings and a larger gathering for 50 Indigenous participants. Keepers of the Water gatherings are vital to ensure that Indigenous communities are supported […]
$7,500 to support a frontline delegation from the Appalachia region to Washington, D.C. for a People vs. Fossil Fuels rally outside the Capitol to demand that U.S. Senators and Representatives stop Senator Manchin’s proposed dirty infrastructure bill that would fast-track fossil fuel projects, including the fracked gas Mountain Valley Pipeline, and undercut basic environmental protections. […]
$10,000 to support Earth Guardians’ Indigenous Youth Initiative, which is led by Indigenous youth on the frontlines of climate and social justice movements, including the fossil fuel fights, across the U.S. and Canada. Funds supported travel and participation costs for the weeklong Indigenous Youth Leadership Training.
$5,000 to support a mass mobilization and communications effort to spotlight Senator Manchin’s role in profiting off of dirty fossil fuels while blocking clean energy and just transition efforts in Congress that are critically needed. The mobilization took place at a coal plant that burns 500,000 tons of coal waste per year with Senator Manchin’s […]
$10,000 to support the Street Art Project to Defund Climate Chaos, a joint initiative of Indigenous, climate justice and low-wage workers movements, along with prominent art collectives (including BIPOC artists), organizing #DefundClimateChaos art actions in support of climate justice campaigns and movement building, building skills for ongoing actions, and helping to tell the stories of […]
$5,000 to support a campaign and community organizing to shut down an existing fossil fuel power plant in the rural working-class town of Burrillville, Rhode Island through a Just Transition framework. The project is also seeking the return of 365 acres of land held by the plant owner in and around Burrillville to the Nipmuc […]
$5,000 to support Indigenous-led campaign, communications and legal efforts seeking the cancellation of mining concessions in the Napo region of the Ecuadorian Amazon where thousands of individuals are engaged in illegal mining. Legal efforts resulted in the temporary suspensions of mining rights and a commitment from the government to address environmental damages caused to date […]
$5,000 to support the Achuar Indigenous community-led efforts clearing and expanding a network of strategic footpaths used to patrol and monitor critical areas of their 2 million acres of roadless territory in the Peruvian Amazon in and around the Block 64 area where oil drilling that they are opposed to would happen, as well as […]
$5,000 to support 2 assemblies of Indigenous nations in the Ecuadorian Amazon. This first to host members of the Kofán, Kichwa, Waorani, Siekopai, Shuar, and Siona nations to share experiences and lessons in their fights against resource extraction on their territories and the second for the community of Sinangoe to plan community priorities and strategies […]
$10,000 to support 2 major Indigenous mobilizations in April and June to Brasilia with several thousand participants coming from the Amazon and all parts of Brazil to counter efforts by the Bolsonaro government to legalize mining and other industrial activities on Indigenous lands (via Bill 191/2020), as well as spotlighting a Supreme Court case that could also undermine Indigenous land […]
$15,000 to support production of Indigenous-made media, including of a series of radio episodes to be aired across the major Amazonian Indigenous radio stations in Ecuador that will shed light on the context and community-led processes that have resulted in several landmark legal wins advancing the right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) and […]
$12,500 to support a Siona community in the Colombian Amazon to defend their rights and fortify their community land patrols to defend their territory against illegal incursions by extractive interests and armed actors. Supported activities include: ongoing activities by the Indigenous Guard program, including land patrols and training for young rangers; skill and information sharing […]
$12,500 to support a concerted push towards securing land title for three key communities in Peru—an area over 250,000 acres of rainforest—through this process the Siekopai can realize a bi-national biological, social, and cultural corridor for their people of over 1.4 million acres and knock down barriers to land titling for dozens of other Indigenous […]
$25,000 to support strengthening core organizational capacity of Organización Waorani de Pastaza as well as using the Waorani’s legal precedent against the Ecuadorian government’s proposed auction of their ancestral territory to the international oil industry to defend 7 million additional acres of rainforest threatened by oil auction. The project is supporting efforts to: strengthen leadership […]
Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas de la Amazonía Ecuatoriana (CONFENIAE) and Mujeres Amazónicas (Women Defenders of the Amazon)
$10,000 to support both CONFENIAE and Mujeres Amazónicas for several Indigenous women-led events and mobilizations organized around International Women’s Day. Funds supported the Amazonian Women’s Congress bringing together 500 women leaders from the 11 Indigenous Nations in the Ecuadorian Amazon and the launch event for the Casa de Mujeres Amazónicas, a new community center serving […]
$7,500 to support a gathering in Quito, Ecuador with leaders of Indigenous Federations from 9 Amazon basin countries and other representatives from base communities who make up the COICA coordination council to further develop collective strategies related to COICA’s initiative calling for protecting 80 percent of the Amazon by 2025.
$11,000 to support work with 23 Indigenous Tano Batak communities in the Lake Toba region in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia, impacted by Toba Pulp Lestari – a notorious company which stole their land. The communities are being supported with mobilizations, networking and advocacy work, field visits, documentation, and facilitated communications and processes with government agencies, as […]
$5,000 to support Xavante communities impacted by agribusiness and proposed major transportation routes that would cut through their territory in the Cerrado, a tropical savanna ecoregion of Brazil, to fortify their cultural revitalization and community health initiatives. This women and youth led project is supporting community gardens in 4 communities on the Sangradouro Xavante territory, […]
$2,500 to support a delegation of 40 Indigenous Tano Batak community members from the Lake Toba region in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia, to Jakarta to carry out sustained mobilizations to directly pressure government officials as part of their ongoing efforts to secure land rights after decades of being impacted by Toba Pulp Lestari – a notorious […]
$9,000 to support an Indigenous delegation from the Kichwa community of Serena in the Ecuadorian Amazon to participate in the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, as part of a larger delegation being organized by the Black and Indigenous Liberation Movement, including leading sessions at the Minga Indígena and at the alternative World Summit of […]
$20,000 to support production of a series of radio episodes that will be aired across the major Amazonian Indigenous radio stations in Ecuador that will shed light on the context and community-led processes that have resulted in several landmark legal wins advancing the right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) and territorial defense in […]
$40,000 to support using the Waorani’s legal precedent against the Ecuadorian government’s proposed auction of their ancestral territory to the international oil industry to defend 7 million additional acres of rainforest threatened by oil auction. The project is also supporting efforts to: strengthen women’s leadership through capacity building and real-world experience in implementation of projects […]
$5,000 to support COICA (The Coordinator of the Indigenous Organizations of the Amazon Basin) and OPIAC (the National Organization of Indigenous Peoples of the Colombian Amazon) co-hosting the first annual Women’s Summit in Colombia with 130 Indigenous women participants from across the Amazon basin and including panels, workshops and other exchanges sharing experiences focused on […]
$15,000 to support delegations of Indigenous women to participate in the 2nd Indigenous Women’s March in Brasilia to mobilize against the attacks on Indigenous land rights that are being pushed through Congress and the judiciary in Brazil. This grant provided support for a major delegation of women from the Xokleng, Kaingang, and Guarani communities that […]
$10,000 to support work with 6 Indigenous Tano Bata communities in the Lake Toba region in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia, impacted by Toba Pulp Lestari – a notorious company which stole their land. The communities, including the Pargamanan Bintang Maria-Parlilitan community, are being supported with documentation, including mapping and aerial photos of forest cover in their […]
$5,000 to support a 10-day storytelling/filmmaking workshop for women and youth in the community of San José de Piatua, a Kichwa community in the Ecuadorian Amazon engaged in a successful anti-mining struggle. The workshop is run by TinkasTawna, an Indigenous-run communications school based in Ecuador that seeks to not only train Indigenous youth in audiovisual […]
$5,000 to support Standing Rock Youth Runners long-distance prayer run from North Dakota to Minnesota in solidarity with Indigenous resistance to the Line 3 pipeline. The team of 21 Indigenous youth and supporters ran in a relay a total of 680 miles collectively over 11 days stopping at several Indigenous Line 3 camps. The goal […]
$10,000 to support Earth Guardians’ Indigenous Youth Initiative, which is led by Indigenous youth on the frontlines of climate and social justice movements, including the fossil fuel fights, across the U.S. and Canada.
$5,000 to support Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas de la Amazonía Ecuatoriana (CONFENIAE)’s annual assembly bringing together 600 Indigenous delegates from across the Ecuadorian Amazon to define joint strategies for the defense of Indigenous rights and territories and plans for scaling up and implementing their own visions and solutions.
$5,000 to support relaunching Pueblo Shuar Arutam’s School of Communications, including securing equipment and holding a series of 6 2-day workshops to be held at each of the PSHA community associations across almost 600,000 acres of Shuar territory in the Ecuadorian Amazon with participation from at least 1 representative of all 47 communities and with […]
$5,000 to support 3 Sapara communities in establishing traditional medicinal garden plots and sharing knowledge regarding use of medicinal plants, with a special focus on the techniques that have been used in the prevention and treatment of Covid-19. Training participants and teachers from each of the communities’ education centers will continue the process of sharing […]
$5,000 to support installing solar and shortwave radio communications systems in 2 Sapara communities in their territory in the Ecuadorian Amazon covering an area of over 500,000 acres of intact roadless rainforest that has been defended from being opened up to oil development. The first phase of the project was initiated in 2020 to help […]
Amazon Emergency Fund / Coordinating Body of Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB)
$50,000 to support efforts led by Coordinating Body of Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB) to support emergency Covid-19 response for Indigenous communities and organizations as a new Covid strain is spreading rapidly across Amazonas state in the Brazilian Amazon. Funds will go towards urgent and immediate prevention and care; food and medical supplies […]
$5,000 to support a unique audio-visual collaboration between ancestral communities in the western Coastal Chocó rainforest and the Amazon, including trainings for youth in documentary storytelling and production of a 50 minute documentary about the Indigenous Awá community of Guádualito and the Afro-descendant community of La Chiquita that live in and around the last remaining […]
$8,000 to support Kichwa Indigenous communities affected by the largest oil spill in more than a decade in the Ecuadorian Amazon as they fight for justice. This grant supported two gatherings that were a critical part of FCUNAE’s consultation and trainings for the Kichwa communities they represent and support, including a general assembly with representation […]
$7,500 to support the Water and Medicine Gathering to ensure that ongoing communication is occurring and supported in Indigenous communities in Alberta about fossil fuel extraction, water, traditional knowledge and how to move forward to address these interconnected issues, as well as providing an opportunity for additional ceremonial and cultural sharing and teaching.
$25,000 to support Treaty People Gathering, organized by a broad coalition of dozens of Community Based Organizations and NGO partners joining together to support a call to action from Indigenous frontline leaders for a major mobilization to pressure political leaders to do the right thing, as happened with the Biden Administration canceling the Keystone XL […]
$5,000 to support the Red Road to DC project, a Native-led strategy, including a cross-country tour connecting twenty of the most vital Native-led struggles where sacred lands, waters, and species are endangered by extractive industries. Ceremonial welcomes, live-streamed and outdoor events, and evocative media production helped to strengthen grassroots organizing and build support for the […]
$5,000 to support a Native-led power building and organizing push to further build the coalition of landowners, activists, organizations, and protectors in opposition to construction of the Southgate extension project of the Mountain Valley Pipeline that would negatively impact ecosystems, including threatening hundreds of streams and wetlands, and communities in its path from southern Virginia […]
$7,500 to support a grassroots, frontlines effort led by Indigenous women to protect Native territory from the destruction and extraction associated with Calgary-based energy giant Enbridge’s 1,000-mile Line 3 tar sands pipeline project through community patrols related to fossil fuel infrastructures and monitoring the impacts of extractive industries on Native communities, particularly on Indigenous women.
$7,500 to support a grassroots, frontlines effort led by Indigenous women to protect Native territory from the destruction and extraction associated with Calgary-based energy giant Enbridge’s 1,000-mile Line 3 tar sands pipeline project through trainings, community outreach and education, mobilizations and relationship building within the broader movement.
$2,500 to support work with Indigenous, frontline and youth partners that are leading the work to stop the Line 3 pipeline, which if completed would commit our economy to years of future dependence on fossil fuels. Included in this project is production of a short video and other content about the Youth Climate Intervenors, a […]
$5,000 to support the Indigenous Media Makers #Stop Line 3 project, which is providing funds to purchase, transport, and distribute fully prepped media gear kits, as well as to provide software access and training to several different Indigenous frontline organizations to support media and storytelling work regarding their urgent efforts resisting the Line 3 pipeline.
$7,500 to support the Indigenous-led Tiny House Warriors project to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline, which would ship more than 890,000 barrels per year of highly-polluting tar sands crude oil to the coast of British Columbia, from crossing unceded Secwepemc Territory through building ten tiny houses along the 518 km Trans Mountain pipeline route to […]
$1,000 to support UK Tar Sands Network’s work in solidarity with frontline communities from the Alberta tar sands to the Gulf Coast resisting fossil fuel extraction. The network engages in and supports creative solidarity mobilizations in the UK and Europe and provides communications support and helps cultivate international media contacts regarding stories connecting Indigenous struggles […]
$2,500 to support a local and regional campaign to shut down the Merrimack Generating Station, the last major coal-fired power plant in New England without a shutdown date. This plant has been polluting the air and water and making the people of Bow, New Hampshire sick for decades and shutting it down would mitigate millions […]
$7,500 to support the Indigenous Youth Leadership Training, a virtual training that is bringing together 40+ North American Indigenous youth leaders, many from communities engaged in frontline fossil fuel campaigns, to learn from Indigenous mentors and experts in the fields of digital media/storytelling, food sovereignty, political sovereignty, outdoor survival skills, decolonized community care, and campaign […]
CONCONAWEP Federacion Waorani, Comunidad Kofán de Sinangoe, Resguardo Indígena Siona de Buenavista, and Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Sociedad-IIDS
$27,500 to support the launch of a global campaign to raise visibility and resources for Indigenous women across the Amazon fighting threats to their peoples’ lands, from oil extraction to mining, illegal logging and agriculture. This new Women Defenders initiative is being launched by Waorani leader Nemonte Nenquimo together with several other Indigenous women leaders […]
$5,000 to support the Axenon Ikanwe Radio Program, produced by and for Shipibo-Konibo people both as a strategy for maintaining and strengthening a sense of community that is critical in generating greater levels of activism which have been key for protecting their lands in the Peruvian Amazon from deforestation for the expansion of palm oil […]
$6,500 to support Yurua communities within the 10 million acre Alto Purús Landscape, one of the largest intact ecosystems in the upper Amazon is Southeast Peru, through providing accurate information on potential impacts of a major road construction project, while also working to ensure that the government complies with all relevant laws related to Indigenous […]
$6,000 to support installing solar and shortwave radio communications systems in 5 Shiwiar communities in their territory in the Ecuadorian Amazon located near the border with Peru, covering an area of over 500,000 acres of intact roadless rainforest that has been defended by Shiwiar from being opened up to oil development. The project was initiated […]
$100,000 to provide long-term support to Indigenous Peoples mobilizing to save their territories, including in response multiple ongoing threats, including Covid-19, increased fires and, in Brazil, the ongoing threat tied to Brazil’s Bolsonaro government slashing environmental protections, human rights standards, and the rule of law to benefit the very actors destroying the rainforest. CASA provided […]
$50,000 to support the Amazon Emergency Fund, a newly-formed donor collaborative working in close coordination with COICA (Coordinating Body of Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon Basin) and its 9 national Indigenous organizations, as well as partners and allies across the Amazon and around the world, to support emergency COVID-19 response for Indigenous and forest communities […]
$2,000 to support a project coordinating efforts between Shawi villages in the Peruvian Amazon and regional health officials to train 4 Shawi youth leaders and to establish 2 Community First Aid Health centers in communities vulnerable due to the presence of outsiders around their territory, incorporating traditional and western medical supplies and providing education and […]
$5,000 to support work with Indigenous Tano Batak families in the Lake Toba region in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia, impacted by Toba Pulp Lestari, a US$600 million pulp company, through local organizing and facilitated discussions to raise awareness regarding collective community rights to customary forests as well as using drones to have complete documentation, videos and […]
$20,000 to support Indigenous storytellers with the tools, platforms and support they need to share their stories and ideas with the world. This initiative was launched in response to the 2019 fires across the Amazon region and with the current threat posed to Indigenous communities by the potential spread of COVID-19, efforts to elevate Indigenous […]
Amazon Frontlines in collaboration with Ceibo Alliance and Organización Regional de los Pueblos Indígenas del Oriente (ORPIO)
$20,000 to support a concerted push towards securing land title for three key communities in Peru—an area over 500,000 acres of rainforest—through this process the Siekopai can realize a bi-national biological, social and cultural corridor for their people of over 1.4 million acres and knock down barriers to land titling for dozens of other Indigenous […]
$25,000 to support using the Waorani’s legal precedent against the Ecuadorian government’s proposed auction of their ancestral territory to the international oil industry to defend 7 million additional acres of rainforest threatened by oil auction. This project is also supporting efforts to strengthen women’s leadership through capacity building and real world experience in implementation of […]
$30,000 to support efforts with Indigenous partners in the Ecuadorian Amazon to slow the spread of coronavirus in the region through immediate action in two phases: prevention through communications in Indigenous languages and the creation of an emergency response fund. With devastating fires that raged across the Amazon in 2019 and governments that actively push […]
$10,000 to provide emergency aid to support Kichwa Indigenous peoples of Sarayaku in the Ecuadorian Amazon after extreme flooding of the Bobonaza river on their territory has caused hundreds of families to lose their homes and also severely damaged their crops. This is the worst flooding seen in the region, almost certainly connected to climate […]
$5,000 to support the Amazon Women Defenders of the Rainforest leading a major mobilization to coincide with International Women’s Day, including bringing 100 women from Indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon to the capital city of Quito to meet with and hold accountable government representatives to investigate rights abuses and provide greater protection of Indigenous […]
$5,000 to support the Indigenous community of Tres Islas in the Peruvian Amazon, which has been involved in a long struggle to protect their territory from invasion, principally by mining concessions authorized by the Peruvian government. This grant would support sending the Tres Islas community president and a legal advisor from IIDS to Haiti to […]
$5,000 to support Kallary Amazon Labs, a comprehensive Indigenous-led filmmaking retreat and workshop for 18 Indigenous women and youth from the central south of the Ecuadorian Amazon, along with an additional 5 Indigenous participants from Brazil and Mexico, to share their individual experiences with trauma and resistance, heal collectively and use their inspiration to create […]
$10,000 to support an Indigenous-led coalition of the Kofán, Siona, Secoya and Waorani peoples from the northern Ecuadorian Amazon holding a strategic planning retreat to uphold recent victories, including protecting 500,000 acres of Waorani rainforest land from oil drilling, and seeking to build Indigenous power and capacity and to strengthen the global alliances necessary to […]
$45,441.56 to support the Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund, which is centered on providing food, water, cleaning supplies, PPE, and other essential items to Navajo and Hopi elders, immunocompromised, and the struggling families that are most at risk of contracting COVID-19. With fracking wells, coal mines, coal powered power plants and 523 abandoned […]
$10,000 to support Indigenous Environment Network’s Emergency Mutual Aid Fund launched in response to COVID-19 to quickly move funds into the hands of community-based Indigenous individuals and organizations from the U.S. and Canada that are experiencing loss of income and financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Small grants up to $2,000 are distributed to […]
$3,000 to support the Appalachian Climate Action Camp, a ten-day direct action training camp with an estimated 150 participants, along with trainers and panelist, coming from throughout Appalachia as an important component of the greater Appalachians Against Pipeline’s goal of stopping the Mountain Valley Pipeline and Atlantic Coast Pipeline – estimates are that the Mountain […]
$5,000 to support efforts to re-establish Indigenous governance over Wet’suwet’en territory and protect it from several proposals to construct oil and gas pipelines, including the 420-mile Coastal GasLink pipeline that would carry fracked gas from northeast British Columbia to LNG Canada, a massive proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal that exemplifies the sector’s climate and […]
$7,500 to support work towards healthier, more sustainable mountain communities and ending mountaintop removal coal mining in West Virginia through education & organizing, actions and land easements inspired Larry Gibson, the late founder and inspirational leader of Keeper of the Mountains, whose family has been able to protect their ancestral home on Kayford Mountain amidst […]
$40,000 to support amplifying the voices and solutions of Indigenous peoples in response to the Amazon fires as the best way to prevent the next catastrophe. This grant is supporting 6 Amazon-based organizations for the following: providing emergency aid and supporting Indigenous fire brigades and Indigenous communities marching hundreds of miles to the regional capital […]
$50,000 to provide longterm support to Indigenous Peoples mobilizing to save their territories, including in response to the Amazon fires and the ongoing threat tied to Brazil’s Bolsonaro government slashing environmental protections, human rights standards, and the rule of law to benefit the very actors destroying the rainforest. Indigenous communities have fought back on many […]
$4,000 to support the Papuan Indigenous Peoples Action Week, with various dialogues and actions in Jakarta for communities and civil society organizations related to the lack of proper consultation in the permitting process for industrial plantations, which has resulted in deforestation, impacts on food production and livelihoods, and other human rights violations. Support went towards […]
$4,500 to support travel costs to participate in the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) annual meeting and the launching there of an updated report, ‘Who Watches the Watchmen?,’ to continue to publicly pressure the RSPO to enact meaningful change in the palm oil industry towards forest protection and upholding community rights.
$5,000 to support a Latino/a youth-led community organizing and movement building strategy to resist a potential JP Morgan Chase buyout of the El Paso Electric Company through a private equity fund, which would likely lead to increased fracking, as well as address the overall threats of a privatized electric utility that only permits 3% renewable […]
$5,000 to support community organizing and a multi-platform media campaign to block construction of a Formosa petrochemical complex in historic St. James parish, LA, which would cause a drastic downgrade in quality of life for a Black community already overburdened by air pollution, while also emitting 13 million tons of greenhouse gases annually, equivalent to […]
$5,000 to support a ‘Pipelines to Plastics’ campaign, including toxic tours and other grassroots activities, opposing ExxonMobil’s planned $10 billion ethane cracker plant near Corpus Christi, Texas, which would export plastic products to the world and produce significant methane emissions, courtesy of fracked gas from West and South Texas.
$2,500 to support a POC and Native-led youth delegation to attend the World Bank Annual Meetings in Washington, D.C. to organize, educate, and advocate for climate justice and pressure the Bank to pass policies in line with the 1.5ºC goal, including measurable commitments to stop the financing of all fossil fuels and fossil fuel related […]
$10,000 to support the Indigenous Just Transition Assembly, including travel support for Indigenous grassroots leaders to attend the regional gathering that will build alignment and provide collaborative opportunities to strategize for Indigenous communities engaged in efforts to stop fossil fuel expansion across North America and to support peer-based learning of Just Transition efforts and frontline […]
$10,000 to support two separate but interrelated actions to build the movement to stop the Line 3 pipeline, which if completed would enable the emission of as many greenhouse gasses as 50 new coal plants. The Gichi-gami Gathering to Stop Line 3 is roughly 1,000 person mass mobilization in Duluth, Minnesota and the Frontline March […]
$2,500 to support an important Keystone XL pipeline opposition strategy to slow down the ongoing application process through appeals and challenging permits to help change the narrative that the pipeline is inevitable, specifically focusing on challenging state water rights permits in South Dakota, while also continuing to help build the local grassroots opposition to KXL […]
$5,000 to support the Skoden Action Camp, gathering 44 Indigenous participants, as well as about 30 Indigenous trainers and staff, representing about 65 Tribes/Bands/Nations and 32 communities from across North America to come together for four days to learn skills, meet one another, and find out how best to collaborate and support collective struggles to […]
$10,000 to support the Indigenous Tar Sands Summit, an Indigenous-led gathering to focus on collective strategies across borders and territories to build the resistance against the tar sand industry and to build relationships between communities at the source of extraction, along the pipeline routes and at the refineries of tar sands. This grant is helping […]
$26,950 to support a week-long Indigenous Tar Sands Strategy Summit to be held on Cold Lake First Nation territory in Alberta, Canada. The Summit will be an Indigenous-led and Indigenous only gathering to focus on collective strategies across borders and territories to build the resistance against the tar sand industry and to build relationships between […]
$3,000 to support ongoing community organizing related to the proposed Rio Grande Valley export terminals led by Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe, which has already been impacted by pollution from fracking flares, disposal wells and other fossil fuel infrastructure and would lose historical and sacred sites of great cultural and archaeological importance if the terminals are built. Part of […]
$2,250 to support a delegation of frontline Indigenous women leaders to Toronto to speak out to provide critical inputs to the Equator Principles revision process and to demand that there is meaningful and thorough action taken to ensure that member banks exercise due diligence in investments regarding Indigenous and human rights and climate impacts.
$5,000 to support logistics for Indigenous women-led trainings, community outreach and education, and relationship building within the broader movement against fossil fuels, as part of growing efforts to oppose Calgary-based energy giant Enbridge’s 1,000-mile Line 3 tar sands pipeline project.
$6,000 to support the Keepers of the Water Annual Gathering to ensure that ongoing communication is occurring and supported in Indigenous communities in Alberta about fossil fuel extraction, water, traditional knowledge and how to move forward to address these interconnected issues.
$4,000 to support efforts to stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP), a 300-mile-long, 42-inch diameter fracked gas pipeline currently under construction in West Virginia and Virginia that would contribute to annual greenhouse gas emissions of almost 90 million metric tons, but which local opposition has currently delayed by more than a year in various sensitive […]
$2,500 to support the Climate Justice Alliance Member Convening, bringing together grassroots and frontline community members to collectively build alignment and relationships, strengthen collective practices, and adapt CJA’s strategic plans to advance climate justice through 2020 and beyond grounded in a holistic, intersectional framework.
$5,000 to support the Frontline Oil & Gas Action Summit to examine the impacts of the oil & gas industry on the Ponca Nation and communities of Oklahoma, share Indigenous-led strategies of resistance, and build united strategies for taking on the oil & gas industry in Oklahoma and beyond.
$2,000 to support the Scaling Our Climate Resistance Tour, with participation by activist from the strong and diverse radical climate justice movement that has been growing in Germany, founded on principles of frontline struggles, mass mobilization, direct action, and cooperation across organizational and tactical differences, which last fall led actions where 6,000 people collectively blocked […]
$5,000 to support efforts to re-establish Indigenous governance over Wet’suwet’en territory and protect it from several proposals to construct oil and gas pipelines, including the 420-mile Coastal GasLink pipeline that would carry fracked gas from northeast British Columbia to LNG Canada, a massive proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal that exemplifies the sector’s climate and […]
$2,500 to support community organizing, developing local leadership, trainings, and partnerships work in Uniontown, Alabama that is seeking to address impacts of 4 million tons of toxic coal ash waste that were transported to a landfill nearby the city, which is home to 90% Black residents, after the largest industrial spill in U.S. history.
$10,000 to support bringing four Indigenous leaders from the Upper Amazon to the UN Climate Week in New York to raise awareness and support for the growing Indigenous movement to protect the Upper Amazon while forging connections with other Indigenous movements and civil society actors with the goal of strengthening Indigenous Peoples’ position in decision […]
$5,000 to support Kichwa Communities of Piatua towards mobilizing and food costs for 200 Indigenous men and women from impacted communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon to participate in a legal hearing and related activities challenging plans to build a hydroelectric dam that would irreparably affect 23 Indigenous communities and the headwaters of an important river […]
$5,000 to support an assembly led by Munduruku women to strengthen alliances and plan to confront threats to defend collective territories in the Brazilian Amazon that are almost entirely covered with pristine forests despite the constant menace of illegal loggers, wildcat miners and other threats in the form of various concessions, as well as the assault on […]
Instituto Internacional de Derecho y Sociedad (IIDS) supporting Federation of the Achuar Nationality of Peru (FENAP)
$5,000 to support a delegation of Achuar and Wampis Indigenous leaders to pressure GeoPark at its annual shareholders meeting in Santiago, Chile, to cancel their planned oil extraction project on Indigenous territory in the Peruvian Amazon. During the delegation GeoPark announced it is withdrawing its request for the environmental permit to drill for oil in […]
Amazon Watch in partnership with Asociación Latinoamericana para el Desarrollo Alternativo (Fundación Aldea) and Comisión Ecuménica de los Derechos Humanos (CEDHU)
$4,000 to support the Tejiendo Territorios: Encuentro de Defensoras de America Latino (Weaving Territories: Summit of Latin American Women Defenders), bringing together diverse frontline Indigenous women to share, learn, and build collective regional strategies for the defense of their territories and their rights within the new context of threats to their lives, lands, and cultures.
$5,000 to support a delegation of First Nation leaders from Canada to travel to Ecuador to learn firsthand and support efforts by the Waorani people, who live in the upper headwaters of the Amazon river in Ecuador in one of the most biodiverse areas on earth, to secure a moratorium to block future efforts to […]
$5,000 to support the Women Defenders of the Amazon Against Extraction, an Ecuadorian Amazon based Indigenous women-led coalition, which has developed a 22-point Mandate detailing Indigenous rights violations primarily related to existing and proposed industrial extractive projects and met with the Ecuadorian President in 2018 securing commitments related to the Mandate. The coalition is commemorating […]
$4,800 to support several Indigenous villages working together to stop industrial logging that would impact their traditional territories, which cover about 125,000 acres and include some of the last remaining primary forest in Sarawak, Malaysia.
$5,000 to support efforts by the Waorani people, who live in the upper headwaters of the Amazon river in Ecuador in one of the most biodiverse areas on earth, to secure a moratorium to block future efforts to drill for oil on their ancestral territory covering 2.5 million acres. After months of grassroots organizing and […]
$10,000 to support a training for trainers and broader Native-led gathering towards building a multi-faceted South Dakota Tribes and national organizing and capacity building strategy centered on Lakota traditional practices of community building in an effort to prepare grassroots Native and non-Native communities for efforts to stop construction of the KXL pipeline if and when […]
$3,000 to support activities related to the Peoples’ Tribunal on Harvey Recovery, an event meant to uplift the first-hand accounts of Hurricane Harvey’s flooding, the impacts of climate change on the most vulnerable populations, and the status of slow, ongoing recovery efforts a year later in the Houston area, which is home to the largest […]
$10,000 to support Solidarity to Solutions (Sol2Sol) Week of activities as a counterpoint to the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), explicitly addressing the urgent need to stop new fossil fuel extraction and shift away from a fossil fuel driven economy, as well as the need to center the role of Indigenous peoples and frontline communities […]
$5,000 to support the Indigenous-led L’eau Est La Vie camps and related activities to protect water, communities and local ways of life from the Bayou Bridge pipeline in Louisiana, which would destroy over 600 wetland acres and disrupt some 700 water bodies, including the freshwater marshland of the Houma Nation and the fragile Atchafalaya Basin […]
$2,500 to support a Diné community-led Health Impact Assessment of fracking in the Tri-Chapter area of northwestern New Mexico to contribute to the development of stronger land management and public health policies, and help mobilize broad-based support for the protection of communities and the environment from the adverse impacts of the oil and gas industry.
$5,000 to support work towards healthier, more sustainable mountain communities and ending mountaintop removal coal mining in West Virginia through education & organizing, direct actions and land easements inspired Larry Gibson, the late founder and inspirational leader of Keeper of the Mountains, whose family has been able to protect their ancestral home on Kayford Mountain […]
$5,000 to support the Protecting Mother Earth Conference, co-sponsored by the Indigenous Environmental Network and Indigenous Climate Action, an Indigenous-initiated, designed and led event held within the territories of the Nisqually Nation, near Olympia, Washington, for the purpose of uplifting the critical voices of those on the frontline battles against environmental injustice and climate change.
$2,500 to support grassroots and movement building and community monitoring activities to oppose oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and the proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline, which would move fracked oil across 11 South Louisiana parishes disproportionately impacting African American communities and destroying over 600 wetland acres and disrupting some 700 water bodies, including the […]
$5,000 to support the Grassroots Grow Deep Indigenous Climate Justice Gathering hosted by the Cold Lake First Nation in northern Alberta, Canada, a First Nations organized and led gathering to discuss climate justice and share skills towards climate action.
$2,500 to support efforts to oppose over 6,500 acres of mountaintop removal coal mining operations on and nearby Coal River Mountain in West Virginia, utilizing an approach of intensive monitoring and public pressure to reveal a pattern of regulatory violations in order to shut down existing operations and deny new permits.
$2,500 to support the 8th Extreme Energy Extraction Summit in Detroit, MI bringing together a wide variety of leaders representing groups across the country who are resisting all forms of energy extraction, specifically through providing travel support to participants from frontline communities with limited access to resources.
$5,000 to support travel costs and frontline community led-actions at the JPMorgan Chase Annual General Meeting. The actions served to escalate pressure on the bank to respect Indigenous rights and divest from fossil fuels by ending investments in the tar sands sector.
$1,000 to support travel and participation of a key partner in the Fossil Free Festival to conduct trainings and media work in support of frontline communities fighting Alberta tar sands and fossil fuel extraction in the Gulf Coast.
$2,500 to support the Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe hosting a series of mobilizations together with local allies around the theme of ‘Connecting the Sacred’ to highlight and challenge various fossil fuel projects in south Texas that are cumulatively impacting sacred sites, animals, communities and the climate, including plans to transform the coastal landscape of the Rio Grande […]
$5,000 to support 4 Indigenous leaders from the Ecuadorian Amazon (Kofán, Waorani, Siekopai, Siona) to attend and give a keynote speech at Bioneers and provide guiding wisdom to show what’s at stake for their rainforest territories, as well as attend other meetings and events in the Bay Area.
$1,200 to support an Indigenous delegation from 5 communities in Papua and West Papua, Indonesia, to advocate for the enforcement of the country’s palm oil moratorium and the need to restore and strengthen Indigenous land rights.
$8,000 to support an Indigenous delegation to speak directly to regulatory decision-makers on the California Air Resources Board (CARB) ahead of their vote on the proposed Tropical Forest Standard, which in its current form would perpetuate pollution hotspots and environmental racism in California and also pose serious environmental and human rights risks to Indigenous and […]
$3,800 to support Indigenous and farming communities impacted by large-scale palm oil plantations in West Papua, Indonesia, which has become a center of attention for investors, to develop the production of lemongrass essential oils as an alternative economic livelihood activity.
$5,000 to support a delegation from the Ecuadorian Amazon to the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), which presented itself as an “organizing moment,” with Indigenous and frontline communities from around the world converging for marches, mass protests and actions, while also convening a broad series of events, both inside and outside, to highlight the significance […]
Coordinadora de las Organizaciones Indigenas de la Cuenca Amazonica (COICA), Alianza Mesoamericana de Pueblos y Bosques (AMPB), Articulação dos Povos Indígenas do Brasil (APIB)
$5,000 to each organization to support delegations from North and South America to the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), which presented itself as an “organizing moment,” with Indigenous and frontline communities from around the world converging for marches, mass protests and actions, while also convening a broad series of events, both inside and outside, to […]
$10,000 to support work with Indigenous Tano Batak families in the Lake Toba region in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia, impacted by Toba Pulp Lestari, a US$600 million pulp company, through local organizing and facilitated discussions to raise awareness regarding collective community rights to customary forests as well as trainings to prepare community members through negotiation and […]
$5,000 to support the Kichwa Indigenous peoples of Sarayaku in the Ecuadorian Amazon launch event of their pioneering Kawsak Sacha, or ‘Living Forest’ proposal to create a new category for permanent protection of native land free of natural resource extraction and further support their ongoing efforts that to date have kept an estimated 100 million […]
$1,250 to support community meetings and workshops regarding Indigenous land rights and potential threats related to the expansion of palm oil plantations in Papua, Indonesia, and specifically prepping 2 villages for mediated resolution processes mandated by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil resulting from a formal complaint process.
Amazon Watch supporting Pueblo Originario Kichwa de Sarayaku (Tayjasaruta) / Shuar Federation of Pastaza (FENASH-P) / Sapara Nation)
$2,500 to support 3 Indigenous-led organizations in the Ecuadorian Amazon (Sarayaku, Shuar and Sapara) that need short-term funding to hold assemblies and engage in community organizing to defend their traditional rainforest territories from fossil fuel development, logging and other threats.
$12,500 to support farmers groups in 5 villages in Jambi Province engaged in conflict resolution processes with pulp and paper companies to document land tenure history, perform participatory mapping of conflicts, hold village discussions and trainings (legal, rights and conflict resolution) and coordinate with and pressure company and government officials to resolve conflicts and recognize […]
$5,000 to support work with Indigenous Dayak communities in Sarawak, one of last frontier areas for palm oil expansion left in Malaysia and a critical ecological area due to forests and peatlands, with an action plan and framework towards achieving a mediated resolution to return native customary lands back to community ownership.
$4,000 to support descendants of migrant rubber tappers, the river-dwellers of Montanha-Mangabal, along with Indigenous groups in the Tapajós region of the Brazilian Amazon (including Munduruku, Kaxuyana, Tiriyó, Xeréu, Wai Wai, Txikyana, and Apiaká peoples) holding an assembly regarding their collective territorial auto-demarcation processes and to discuss other shared priorities to protect their traditional territories.
$10,500 to support efforts to monitor major pulp and paper companies’ implementation of social and environmental commitments in Sumatra, Indonesia. The specific focus is to review concessions that are currently non-active and/or held by small companies, which collectively cover huge areas and are likely targets for expanded operations due to wood supply shortages.
$5,000 to support documenting traditional practices and local wisdom and conducting participatory mapping in South Sulawesi, Indonesia as part of the Last Forest campaign and land rights initiative in 6 key regions of critical forest areas throughout the country where large blocks of rainforest have been well-managed by Indigenous communities but are now under threat […]