Swift Foundation is thrilled to announce our Spring 2018 awards. Our board has approved grants amounting to a total of $720,000 (including two and three year grants) to twelve partner organizations: five groups in the United States, two networks in Africa, one Indigenous-led group in Peru, two groups in Ecuador, one group in Venezuela, and a First Nation group in Canada. The board’s approval was preceded by our strategic planning retreat which was aimed at reviewing our vision and approach. We remain committed to long-term relationships with our partners and supporting land stewardship of bio-cultural diversity. We envision some improvements to our practices in the coming months to better serve our community and influence the philanthropic field.
Land Stewardship, Biodiversity and Cultural Diversity
- African Biodiversity Network (ABN), Africa, $40,000 (2-years)
To strengthen the local and Indigenous food and seeds systems for improved food security (and sovereignty), poverty alleviation and bio-cultural resilience among rural communities in Kenya, Ethiopia, Benin and Ghana.
- Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), Africa, $150,000 (3-years)
To make a case for agroecology, promote seed sovereignty, address land grabbing, and campaign for smallholder agriculture against industrial agricultural models.
- CHIRAPAQ, Center for Indigenous Cultures of Peru, Peru, $60,000 (2-years)
To work with communities in Vilcas Huamán to transfer traditional knowledge on maize cultivation from elders to youth; identify adaptive measures to climate change; and elevate the role of women in the conservation, protection and transmission of knowledge from one generation to the next.
- Colorado Plateau Foundation, United States, $100,000 (2-years)
To provide support to Native-led organizations working to sustain the lands, waters, and Native cultures on the Colorado Plateau. Their focus is on helping these organizations strengthen, stabilize, and flourish.
- Dasiqox Tribal Park Initiative, a Project of Tides Canada Foundation, B.C., Canada, $20,000
To provide important opportunities for Tsilhqot’in community members to get out onto the land and revive their traditional practices. The Dasiqox Tribal Park Initiative advances biocultural conservation through research and education and provides a space where people, land, waters, and animals can restore, heal and sustain each other.
- Ecuarunari, Ecuador, $25,000
To continue training new generations of Indigenous women to have greater political and institutional leadership and defend Mother Earth.
- EkoRural, Ecuador, $105,000 (3-years)
To continue providing critical analysis in seeds’ law and agro-ecology debates in Ecuador, facilitating dialogues between NGOs, Indigenous groups and the government, and working with local farmers and communities to ensure Indigenous and gender representation.
- Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW), United States, $30,000
To provide critical legal and scientific support to ELAW’s global network, to collaborate with grassroots advocates and build their capacity to protect Indigenous communities and the environment through law in 80 countries around the world.
- Traditional Native American Farmers Association (TNAFA), United States, $50,000 (2-years)
To conduct the annual training course which includes many different disciplines: permaculture, designing a sustainable food system, alternative energy, traditional health, traditional foods, diet and nutrition, Indigenous women in agriculture, and midwifery.
- Wataniba, Venezuela, $15,000
To provide professional and technical expertise to Uwottuja, Ye’kwana and Yanomami peoples in Venezuela, promote sustainable land management processes, and strengthen the institutional capacity of Indigenous organizations by co-designing projects and public policies that are coherent with Indigenous, human and environmental rights work.
Resilient Local Economies
- California FarmLink, United States, $75,000 (2-years)
To provide financing and business development services to low-income, immigrant and beginning organic farmers and equip them with the resources they need to establish organic farms that support their families and grow wealth in culturally diverse
Visionaries and Innovations
- Thousand Currents, United States, $50,000
To support the Grassroots Climate Solutions Funders Collaboration, which includes IDEX, Global Green Grants, Urgent Action Fund and Grassroots International. They aim to strengthen, amplify and unify climate justice solutions globally-especially those led by grassroots groups, including Indigenous Peoples, women and youth.