Donor: Rainforest Fund
Application procedure: Full Proposal
Donor base: United States
Reference number: -
Eligible applicants: Non-Profit Organisation
Deadline: 31.10.2023

Financial details

Grant size: Medium - up to $1,000,000
Minimum grant size: -
Total available budget: -
Funding type: Grants
Maximum grant size: -
Funding ratio: up to 100%


  • Environment & Natural Resources

Project Locations

  1. Africa

      Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo

  2. America

      Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Panama, Peru

  3. Asia



1) Objective

The Rainforest Fund is a charitable foundation dedicated to the support of Indigenous Peoples and traditional populations in their efforts to protect their environment and fulfill their rights. They are convinced that the accepted environmental and human rights principles embody the right of everyone to a secure, healthy and ecologically sound environment, and that environmental degradation leads to human rights violations such as the right to life, health and culture.

Projects are evaluated according to strict criteria and include the following: (1) the activities should strengthen the target group, the measures taken ought to be planned and implemented primarily by the beneficiaries themselves and based on local knowledge and expertise; (2) emphasis is placed on those activities that relate specifically to the rights of Indigenous Peoples, to ensure their lives and environments are protected; and (3) generally it will support local Indigenous communities which show potential to play a key role at the local, regional, and national level and will benefit from limited input to achieve their goals.

2) Eligibility

Funding support is provided for local indigenous organisations with a potential to play a key role at the local, regional and national level.

3) Location

Actions must take place in Bolivia, Brazil, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Indonesia, Panama, Peru, Republic of the Congo.

4) Budget

As a matter of principle and good governance, the Rainforest Fund will grant only 80% of the total budget of a proposed project. Projects shall preferably have one year duration, will be assessed year by year, and will not go beyond a third year in order to avoid dependency.

5) Application

Deadline for the receipt of proposals is every year October 31st, and represents the final deadline for consideration of proposals. Applications for grants are considered annually by the Board of Directors in mid-December. Successful applicants will be notified by January 15th.

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