Grassroots International

Our Strategy

Social movements are the backbone of social change, so a world that is more just requires us to build upon the strength of vibrant progressive movements. Grassroots International’s grantmaking program is designed to provide critical support to the most vital and effective social movements, particularly rural movements that are struggling for the right to food, land and water.

We provide financial support both to the movements themselves and to the organizations and institutions that help them do their work.

Grassroots International has adopted a strategy of multi-layered funding that is both horizontally broad and vertically deep. This means that we support movements and organizations that are a part of broad networks or coalitions while deeply engaging with multiple levels of their work – from local to international.

Our grants fall into five categories:

  • Sustainable livelihood grants provide “seeds and tools” and other basics necessary for communities to have control of their own food systems and other important natural resources.
  • Movement building grants nurture leadership (especially among women and youth) and help our partners organize, advocate and communicate with their constituents, their governments and the world at large.
  • Grants for defending human rights help to protect the civil and political rights of activists and to provide legal aid during the inevitable clashes with power faced by activists everywhere.
  • Grants for grassroot feminisms strengthen work to end patriarchy, achieve gender justice and build leadership by women and gender non-conforming people in grassroots communities of color.
  • Healing and wellbeing grants support community practices to address collective trauma, build connection and create spaces for rest, restoration and sanctuary when needed.

We are not an endowed foundation and do not take any government funding. The active support of generous individuals and foundations – from small gifts to sizable donations – makes all our work possible. We do not accept unsolicited proposals.