THOUSAND CURRENTS TACTICAL INITIATIVES FUND CALL FOR GROUP PROFILES (GRANTS RANGE FROM $25,000 – $250,000)


Deadline: Monday, 1 April, 2024.

Thousand Currents is launching our first call for group profiles under our Tactical Initiatives grant category. Tactical Initiative grants fund groups that are using one or more of the following tactics: strategic litigation, popular education, cultural production (including narrative change), and campaigns to strengthen climate justice, food sovereignty, and economic justice movement work. Tactical Initiatives grants range from $25,000 – $250,000 USD and are one-time grants with a grant period of 1-3 years.


THOUSAND CURRENTS TACTICAL INITIATIVES FUND CALL FOR GROUP PROFILES
Thousand Currents’ usual grantmaking approach to funding groups across the Global South is by invitation, which means that we do not accept unsolicited funding proposals. We typically find partners through research, referrals, and in-person meetings with activists and communities. Through this open call for profiles, we hope to learn about groups that we are not yet familiar with, and deepen our understanding of the movement ecosystems across the Global South fighting for and sustaining economic justice, food sovereignty and climate justice through strategic litigation and/or campaigns and/or cultural production (including narrative change) and/or popular education. 

If we think a group may be a good fit for a Tactical Initiatives grant, a member from one of our regional teams will reach out to that group to request more information as part of our decision process. Please note that due to the anticipated volume of profiles we will receive, we will not be able to respond to, or provide funding for, all groups who submit a profile or who we may be in contact with. 

WHAT DOES THOUSANDS CURRENTS FUND?
Thousand Currents supports movement and movement-support groups that are working on food sovereignty, climate justice, and economic justice. 


Moving from an intergenerational and feminist lens, Thousand Currents funds Indigenous, Black, Afro-descendant, and caste oppressed peoples, with a focus on youth, LGBTQIA peoples, women, girls, and gender expansive people that are: 

Based in the Global South and led by people from the Global South, and
Implementing self-determined solutions that benefit people in the Global South communities that their group is accountable to.


What Does Thousand Currents Call For Group Profiles Not Fund?
Thousand Currents does not fund:

groups led by Global North leadership, groups based in the Global North, or groups with Global North leadership executing programs in the Global South  
international aid agencies, including local affiliates that are responsible for their own fundraising businesses
groups led by government agencies or entities
religious institutions  

WHAT DO WE MEAN WHEN WE SAY CLIMATE JUSTICE, FOOD SOVEREIGNTY, AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE?

Thousand Currents movement partners work at the intersection of climate, food and economy.


Climate Justice
Climate change is one of the greatest existential challenges of our time. This is a human crisis that requires us to transform our collective institutions, practices, and behaviors. To do so, we must lean into interdependence, well-being, and care for all living species.

Thousand Currents funds movements working to respect, defend, and protect Mother Earth. We support their initiatives to keep a check on rising global temperatures and live sustainably within planetary boundaries. We partner with climate justice advocates who are building systems that address and transform historical and contemporary systems that perpetuate oppressive, exploitative, and extractive practices. We recognize their contributions in nourishing what we have and looking at the root of the present climate crisis from a social justice perspective.

Examples of work that our movement partners do:
fight to stop fossil fuel extraction and for community-owned and controlled renewable energy infrastructure 
de-commodify natural resources and spaces
enact and struggle for the sustainable use, collective management, and equitable access of our natural resources
reduce communities’ vulnerability to natural disasters
combat toxic waste and pollution
Economic Justice
Our current global economic system is based on exploitation and profit maximization that sacrifice and harm our most vulnerable communities and the planet. To build towards a vision where all communities are thriving and living with dignity, we need a shift to new economic systems based on justice, care, interdependence, abundance, and regeneration.

Thousand Currents funds community-determined economic systems and practices where the means of production, power and decision-making sits with the workers, where resources are stewarded and distributed equitably so that people can live a dignified life, and where the driving logic of any economic encounter is the wellbeing of the planet and people.


Examples of work that our movement partners do:

ensure healthy, safe, and dignified working conditions
operate and engage the broader community through principles of mutual aid and solidarity
create ecologically regenerative worker owned cooperatives
generate livelihoods based on sustainable production and consumption 
resist extractive industries and corporate power

Food Sovereignty 

At a meeting held in Mali in West Africa in 2007, fisherfolk, Indigenous peoples, landless peoples, rural workers, urban movements, migrants, pastoralists, and forest communities from 80 countries issued the Nyéléni Declaration on Food Sovereignty, which defined food sovereignty as “the right of people to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods and their right to define their own food and agricultural systems.”

Taking the lead from the Nyéléni Declaration, Thousand Currents funds food systems transformation driven by Indigenous stewards of land and territory and the people who are the primary producers of food for most of the world.

Examples of work that our movement partners do:

fortify local food systems that optimize biodiversity
advance sustainable food production methods, healthy ecosystems, and public health through agroecology

build farmer-managed seed systems to protect local resources and knowledge systems
create market linkages that are owned and operated by smallholder farmers
resist land dispossession and are building collective land stewardship practices and models.

educate, advocate, and resist governments in order to put smallholder farmers’ interests before those of multinational corporations.



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