Honor the Earth Grantmaking Program

Honor the Earth is currently funding its Building Resilience in Indigenous Communities Initiative. Funding is limited to Indigenous-led organizations only. Honor the Earth recognizes that Native grassroots groups remain on the frontlines of environmental protection in the U.S., but there are ongoing disparities in philanthropy. According to Honor the Earth’s website, as of 2016, only 0.07% of philanthropy goes to Native groups. Starting in 2011, Honor the Earth created the first and only grant-making partnership between a Native organization and a national charitable institution, the Native Communities Program. Other partners include Solidago Foundation, Hill-Snowdon Foundation, Frances Fund, and Kalliopeia Foundation.

Purpose: Honor the Earth’s Building Resilience in Indigenous Communities Initiative will grant to organizations working to increase Indigenous communities’ capacity to prevent and adapt to climate change in ways that preserve and restore Indigenous cultures. Funding for this initiative will focus on two goals:

  1. To support the development of culturally-based, Indigenous solutions to climate change based on re-localizing food and energy economies
  2. To foster restoration of traditional knowledge as a key adaptation and mitigation strategy to ensure a safe and healthy future for future generations

Eligible Uses: Honor the Earth will grant funds to organizations and projects working in two areas:

  1. Implementing renewable energy and energy efficiency/weatherization improvements to advance community dignity and energy sovereignty
  2. Creating food security utilizing Indigenous varieties and organic production

All projects must include ongoing efforts aimed at restoring Indigenous wisdom and sustainability in Indigenous territories.

Potential Adaptation Uses: Honor the Earth views renewable energy as a necessary adaptation tool for building resilience. In the past, Honor the Earth has also funded the Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw, a Louisiana tribe considered some of the first official climate refugees in the U.S., to design and develop a new, culturally-appropriate, and resilient inland site for the community.

Eligible Grantees: Honor the Earth awards grants solely to organizations that are led and managed by Native peoples in the U.S. and Canada. Priority is given to grassroots, community-based organizations and groups that lack of access to federal and/or tribal funding resources. Honor the Earth does not grant to individuals, and organizations must have 501(c)(3) status or an equivalent.

Process and Requirements: Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, and grants are usually given out twice a year, in the spring and winter. The format of proposals should include:

  • Cover Sheet and Checklist
  • Proposal Narrative 
  • Attachments, which might include a current itemized annual budget and a list of pending/committed revenues for your organization/specific project

Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000. In 2015, Honor the Earth released $90,000 in new grants, in addition to $40,000 granted prior.


Publication Date: October 22, 2015

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