Putting people first: The transformative impact of small grants funds

This study aims to increase knowledge and understanding of the characteristics and impact of small grants funds and recent developments in thinking about this kind of funds. In particular, it explores their role in strengthening environmental protection in an effective, participatory and socially just fashion.

The purpose of the study is to provide further insight into how small grants funds function and what they can achieve. It seeks to create a starting point for discussion and forward-looking strategizing about the role and value of small grants funds in contributing to environmental protection, women’s rights and social justice. This study aims to provide insight and answers in the following three areas:

  • The characteristics of small grants funds that enable them to effectively reach grassroots organizations, movements and activists;
  • The impact small grants have on the grantee, grantor or intermediary, as well as their impact on results on the ground;
  • The added value of small grants funds compared to other (mainstream) funding mechanisms.

Authors: Karen Kraan and Anneke Wensing

Published by: Both ENDS and DOB Ecology 

Published: May 2020

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