Foundation grantmaking focuses on four major program areas.
These programs touch upon a number of major issues.
Each grantmaking program also works within clearly stated geographic parameters or regions.
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This grant will support Fundacion Ambiente y Recursos Naturales to monitor the effective implementation of environmental sustainability, transparency, and public participation policies and regulations in energy projects supported by international financial institutions, and Brazilian and Chinese development institutions, in Argentina. Information generated will be disseminated to policymakers, media, and the public with the goals of shaping policies for sustainable energy investments and building networks with organizations across South America, which are monitoring energy investments in the region. The grantee is a nongovernmental environmental organization based in Buenos Aires that has worked for the past 25 years to promote sustainable development through policy, law, and civic engagement.
Forward Works is a Chinese nonprofit organization formed in 2011 to assist in the development of Chinese environmental nongovernmental organizations and enhance their capacity by providing training and strategic planning. Through this Forward Works project, a serious and well-researched civil society process will continue to develop. This project has helped to foster civil society discussions with Chinese national development banks and other financial institutions to address its investments in developing countries outside China. This project also will help to foster dialogue and collaboration among nongovernmental organizations in developing countries, especially with South American organizations, to address energy and infrastructure investments in the region.
Friends of the Earth is the United States affiliate of an international network of environmental organizations based in 70 countries. Through this project, the grantee will work to advance environmental and social safeguards of key international development finance institutions; and ensure that financing for low-carbon development in developing countries (known as climate finance) is adequate, democratically governed, and adheres to high environmental and social standards. This increase will provide additional staff capacity to address the World Bank safeguard review and United Nations climate finance discussions.
The Mott Foundation’s Environment program supports non-governmental groups (NGOs) working nationally and globally to change policies and practices of international trade and financial institutions so the environment is protected and people’s standard of living is not adversely affected by projects supported by these institutions.
Some grants made through our Environment program’s interest in improving land use decisionmaking in Michigan, as well as our three other programs — Civil Society, Flint Area, and Pathways Out of Poverty — support sustainable development projects. Such projects balance economic growth, environmental protection and human well-being.
Billion dollar hydroelectric dams. Miles of highways. Oil and gas exploration. Such large-scale energy and infrastructure projects in the developing world and in sensitive eco-regions such as the Amazon rainforest often are promoted as bringing modern development to people in need. However, they also frequently present significant environmental risks and social and economic challenges for those living in the projects’ immense shadows.
For nearly three decades, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has supported efforts to ensure that the institutions financing these projects:
One of the areas the Mott Foundation’s Environment program focuses on is on international finance for sustainability. The Foundation’s grants in this area have totaled more than $105 million since 1988.
In a Q&A, Mott Program Officers Traci Romine and Sandra Smithey reflect on that grantmaking and the important changes — and challenges — in the field.
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