Focus of This Profile: Grants to support biological and cultural diversity in world bio-regions.
Principal Office: USA
The Christensen Fund focuses on the interface between natural environments and human cultures. It makes grants that promote the benefits of integrated biological and cultural diversity in selected bio-cultural regions of the world.
The Fund engages in grant making, capacity building, networking, and other interventions to increase the power of combined biological and cultural diversity. It primarily works with projects that assist peoples and communities identified as indigenous, tribal, and minority.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources
1 -- Regional Programs of Bio-Cultural Diversity. Christensen organizes most of its grant making according to five bio- regions of the world:
Issues important across the bio-regions include indigenous rights and representation; gender considerations in promoting biocultural diversity; agrobiodiversity and food sovereignty; the impacts of climate change on indigenous peoples; maintenance of cultural expression; maintenance of landscape resilience; maintenance and transfer of traditional knowledge; and protection of sacred sites along with healthy ecosystems.
About regional programs
2 -- Global Program. The Global Program aims to complement Christensen’s regional programs by linking grassroots stewards and activists with global institutions in areas of policy, networking, and communications.
About the global program
Grant-seeking organizations in both the regional and global programs are development NGOs, community-based organizations, government units, universities, museums, and other types of non-profit organizations worldwide.
Grants within the bio-cultural regions are to organizations based within those regions or, where appropriate, to internationally-based organizations outside those regions working in support of the people and institutions within them.
Most grants range from US$50 thousand to US$100 thousand for one or two years. Note: Christensen makes larger grants, and over longer periods, by invitation only -- and to previous grantees.
APPLICATION (for 1-2 preceding): The Fund uses a two-stage application process, beginning with a pre-proposal. Christensen encourages grant seekers to submit pre-proposals and inquiries during the calendar period posted on its website.
Following the review of pre-proposals, Christensen invites a limited number of applicants to submit full proposals.
In some programs, Christensen makes grants by invitation only.
About how to apply
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
The Fund’s bio-cultural regions include all or parts of the developing countries below.
Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands: Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu
Eurasia and Central Asia: Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkey
Sub-Saharan Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya
Latin America and Caribbean: Mexico
Note: Sub-regions of Australia and the USA are also among the bio-cultural regions.
The Fund supports a grants database that can be searched by years, programs, and themes.
In addition to its international grant-making programs, the Christensen Fund makes grants in the San Francisco Bay Area (USA) to maintain the life of ethnically diverse communities, and to connect youth and wider publics with international environmental issues.
The Fund identifies its program staff, and it provides contact information.
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