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Project information

"Action to Protect the Earth" Women take the Lead

Rural women are the primary caretakers of natural resources. They are the first to become aware of environmental damage to water, land and air, and the first to do something about it. But they lack support. With your help, we will strengthen women’s environmental leadership to protect our planet.

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: Global Greengrants Fund UK

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  • Need


    Rural women and girls are predominantly in charge of managing natural resources – farming, growing produce, and collecting firewood and water. Environmental damage therefore impacts them much more directly and much harder. Women are finding solutions that work for them, but their voices are largely absent from decision-making processes that affect them. Astonishingly, less than one percent of funding goes to women’s environmental initiatives. That must change.


    To support women to put their ideas into action, Global Greengrants will channel resources directly to women-led environmental initiatives in the global South. We support over 300 women-led projects per year, making us a leading organisation in the field.
    This project will strengthen women’s leadership skills, help women implement their own solutions, and bolster women’s environmental networks, so that more rural women are able to advocate for a clean, safe and healthy environment.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Support women-led grassroots initiatives in the Global South addressing environmental issues.


    » Fund workshops to educate women on the impact of climate change, and improved management of natural resources.
    » Support women to implement their own solutions to environmental damage, such as tree-planting, climate-smart agriculture, or market garden.

    What success will look like

    Directly engage 300-400 women and girls on average per funded project, leading to increased participation in finding sustainable solutions to environmental challenges.

    Aim 2

    Capacitate women to develop skills and confidence to become community leaders.


    » Provide funding for training of women-led community groups to develop new skills and strengthen their leadership capacity

    What success will look like

    At least 20,000 women will benefit from the funded projects and activities, leading to increased environmental awareness and management.

    Aim 3

    Provide opportunity for women to mobilise, network, and share learnings for a healthier environment.


    » Support women-led networks engaged with climate change awareness and environmental protection to promote a community of learning.

    What success will look like

    Stronger, more coordinated women environmental networks emerge that will lead to a cleaner, safer and healthier environment for women in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

  • Impact


    The project addresses the important role of women in protecting our planet. It tackles the critical gap in available support to women-led environmental projects. The project will increase women’s environmental leadership as well as their active participation in decision-making processes. We will know we have been successful when more women engage in environmental protection, resulting in a clean, safe and healthy environment and a stronger role of women in their community.


    Socially-defined roles mean that women are often marginalised in their communities and not very visible or vocal in public forums. Additionally they are not always available for project activities during harvest or planting seasons due to their role as primary natural resource managers. Our local partners are experienced in working with women in their communities in culturally-mindful ways to mitigate these risks.


    Donors will receive regular updates with information about the projects supported via our e-newsletters and our website
    At the end of the year, donors will receive a report with information from our community partners on the projects supported, the achievements and impact.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £308,847

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      Amount Heading Description
      £222,370 Small Grants Direct funding to women-led groups
      £49,416 Programme Support Technical Support and mentoring
      £37,061 Overheads Organisational Running Costs

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action £304,347 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project will support women in the poorest, most rural communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In these areas, women play a central role in food production and the care of essential natural resources like forests, fisheries, water and food. Studies have found that enabling women in these regions to access more resources would result in several positive impacts, from 20-30% yield increases to 4% increase in agricultural output and a reduction in the number of hungry people by 17%.


    The main beneficiaries of this project will be women and girls living in some of the poorest areas of Africa, Asia and Latin America. Global Greengrants Fund UK plans to support 80 women-led community projects over the course of 2019. On average we aim to engage 300-400 women and girls directly per project. Our projects have many positive effects on local communities beyond the direct participants, and on average benefit in excess of 20,000 people.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Global Greengrants has been supporting women-led environmental projects for many years. More than half of our budget now supports women-led initiatives. With funding to over 300 women-led projects per year, and dedicated research carried out, we are one of the top organisations in the field. Additionally, we work in partnership with women’s rights organisations, including as a strategic ally in the Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action, a collaboration of women and environmental funds.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ursula Miniszewski

    Programme Officer for Gender and Environment, leads our work on women and the environment.

    Eva Rehse

    Executive Director, GGF UK, is project manager for the organisation of the Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action.

    Allison Davies

    Deputy Programme Director, works with our advisors around the world to integrate gender-responsive approaches into their grantmaking.


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