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Christensen Fund

Category: International

The Fund focuses its grantmaking on maintaining the rich cultural and biological diversity of the world over the long run. The Fund focuses on the “bio-cultural,” the rich but neglected adaptive interweave of people and place, culture and ecology. It awards funds in five international and U.S. geographic regions. These areas and regions are the greater Southwest of the United States, Central Asia and Turkey, the African Rift Valley, Northern Australia, and Melanesia. These regions are chosen for their potential to withstand and recover from the global erosion of diversity. Grants average between $50,000 and $100,000 over one or two years. The Fund also awards grants in two other areas: the Global Biocultural Initiative and the San Francisco Bay Area program. The Global Biocultural Initiative supports efforts aimed at building and sharing global knowledge, the wisdom and practice of stewardship of biocultural diversity, and landscape integrity and resilience. This initiative also supports global institutions and policies that sustain diversity, particularly around agricultural diversity and food sovereignty. For this program, the maximum grant is $200,000. Grants under the San Francisco Bay Area program support Bay Area organizations that connect with the Fund’s mission. These grants are in the range of $20,000 to $40,000. Additional information including an online application form is available on the Web site.

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