Climate Defenders

Indigenous Peoples, women, and youth around the world have the solutions to our global climate crisis.

The CLIMA Fund finances and amplifies these solutions to ensure a brighter future for us all.

Climate defenders from Zimbabwe

Members of the Zimbabwe Smallholder Organic Farmers Forum display their seeds at a seed fair. Seed fairs bring together a range of sellers from whom local farmers may purchase indigenous seeds, rather than from vendors tied to corporate agriculture, a major contributor to climate change.


THE NEED FOR GRASSROOTS SOLUTIONS: History shows that grassroots organizing has been a vital lever of major social change — from decolonization to civil rights to the environmentalism movements. Moreover, grassroots solutions from agroecology to natural resource protection are not only curbing emissions, but also building the power of climate-impacted communities. Yet today, grassroots efforts often remain underfunded and overlooked.

This missed opportunity is tremendous.

Grassroots communities in Africa, Asia, the Arctic, and the Americas are already implementing programs that promote people’s access to and participation in the care of their water, soil, air, seeds, forests, livestock, and land.  These solutions are addressing the root causes of climate change, including loss of territory and resource rights, as well as the expansion of industrial agricultural systems, mega-dams, and fossil fuel extraction. The Grassroots Climate Solutions Fund is a pathway for funders to directly support Indigenous, women, and youth-led work building climate resilience and mitigating climate chaos.


When movements are born of organizing strategies that include people across borders and boundaries, they can spark broad, comprehensive social change powerful enough to address the greatest challenge of our age: climate change.


A New Collaborative: CLIMA (Climate Leaders in Movement Action) Fund

Who we are: Thousand Currents, Global Greengrants Fund, Grassroots International, and Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights launched a unique collaborative fund in 2016. The fund helps large funders to directly reach grassroots organizations and social movements that are working at the intersection of climate resilience and human rights. This global reach is possible thanks to the long-term relationships each of the Fund members have developed with grassroots groups around the world.

Click the image above for a 2-page summary of the CLIMA Fund (formerly the Grassroots Climate Solution Fund).

What we will achieve: The CLIMA Fund provides an unprecedented continuum of support to people fighting climate change — from awarding a security grant in as little as 12 hours to an activist whose life or family has been threatened, to providing a promising grassroots movement with its first infusion of outside resources, to sustaining established organizations with multiyear support and capacity-building through proven long-term partnership models. We will help support a global movement of grassroots actors that are the protagonists of immediate, ambitious, and just solutions to the climate crisis.

How we work: For three decades, our four organizations’ grantmaking practices have relied on the wisdom and strength of local people and movements to tackle injustices. We invest in long-term solutions that are not imported, but rather developed in response to listening to people on the ground. These grassroots solutions can be scaled appropriately to meet the needs of people who are most directly affected by climate change, while reducing emissions at their source.

Invest in grassroots climate solutions

The CLIMA Fund will transform large amounts of grant capital into strategic investments for effective grassroots climate solutions being led by our partners in more than 100 countries.

When funders support the CLIMA Fund, they provide unprecedented and urgent support for climate movements globally.

We are seeking funding partners for this multimillion dollar venture. Be a part of the learning, connection, and leadership.

Questions? Contact Lindley Mease, CLIMA Fund Coordinator at