Both re-wilding as well as the creation of a green economy need a deep understanding of ground realities and committed local changemakers to engage with local stakeholders. We provide direct funding and support to organisations listed here, and ensure that the solutions they drive are documented and made available to all: sharing evidence-based solutions is core to what we do.

If you are an organisation working in this area, you can apply for funding.


Grants

2020

The 1000 Tree Project @ SwaYYam

A 100+ acre farmers’ collective at the edge of the Bandipur forest aims to transform a degraded landscape into a fertile terrain with sustainable water resource management. In addition, the initiative will strengthen and secure the livelihoods of farmers through an agroforestry approach. We were delighted by Malvikaa's efforts and decided to support her plan for the three-year duration required for the completion of the project.

2020

Wild Shaale @ Centre for Wildlife Studies

Dr. Krithi Karanth of CWS has been at the forefront to address the human-animal conflict in and around wildlife habitat by relying on education, awareness, and rights-based approaches. We have contributed to CWS’ "Wild Shaale" program, a unique conservation-education program designed for rural school-going children living around wildlife reserves. Wild Shaale seeks to build foundational knowledge about local wildlife, ecosystems and conservation issues and in the process fosters tolerance for wildlife among children, who are our future stewards of conservation.

2020

Ecologically Sustainable Median Planting @ Center for Environment Concerns

Dr. K S Gopal is a pioneer who is driving an experiment for the ecologically sound planting of flora on a couple of kilometers of medians on main roads in Bengaluru. The aim is to support an ecosystem for birds and bees, use 50% less water, drastically bring down truck and road closure time, reduce costs for de-weeding, create biologically-rich healthy soils and reduce the probability of plant diseases. We hope this forms the template for urban arterial roads one day.

2021

Vidhi - Center for Legal Policy

Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy (Vidhi) is an independent think tank doing legal research to make better laws and improve governance for the public good. They do this through peer-reviewed, original legal research; by engaging with the Government of India; with state governments and other public institutions to both inform policy-making and to effectively convert policy into law; and through strategic litigation petitioning courts on important legal and policy issues.

2021

Nature Conservation Foundation

Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) contributes to the knowledge and conservation of India’s unique wildlife heritage with innovative research and imaginative solutions. They work in a range of wildlife habitats—from coral reefs and tropical rainforests to the high mountains of the Himalayas. Their research also addresses human resource use and its impacts on wild species and ecosystems. Using this knowledge of wildlife ecology and human society, they design conservation strategies that are locally appropriate. These are implemented in collaboration with local communities who depend the most on natural resources, and the governments that manage them. While promoting wildlife conservation, their programmes also strive to safeguard livelihood and development options for local communities.

2021

ReapBenefit

Reap Benefit is building a tribe of problem-solving citizens who drive change in their local communities by solving everyday issues using local data, local solutions and local campaigns. The experiential learning is amplified by hands-on activities, Do-It-Yourself Solution kits, civic games and Reap Benefit’s technology platforms. They seek to create and nurture champions of small solutions in every community across the country. They believe that each small solution will create a measurable and meaningful impact, which will draw more champions towards the power of the small.

2021

SayTrees

SayTrees is a group of ordinary people who are extraordinarily determined to protect the environment by sensitising and empowering people to give back to nature. The SayTrees team inspires citizens to spare a few hours on weekends and work towards making their cities, and their lives, greener. For seven years, they have worked untiringly with individuals and corporate teams to help change the landscape in Bengaluru. They would like to take tree plantation drives to other cities and enlist more tree enthusiasts, particularly corporate teams, in their effort.

2021

Farmers for Forests

Farmers for Forests (FFF) is a not-for-profit with the audacious goal of revolutionizing India’s forestry sector to sequester carbon, support farmers, create green jobs and restore and protect fragile ecosystems. FFF works with communities and people who want to protect the forest in which they live.

2021

Waste Warriors

Waste Warriors works to build sustainable, affordable and replicable Solid Waste Management models in three different regions: urban Dehradun (Uttarakhand), hilly Dharamshala (Himachal Pradesh) and the rural forested landscape around Corbett Tiger Reserve (Uttarakhand). They engage with a range of residential and business communities, focus on changing behaviour towards waste and the environment, develop livelihoods to improve basic income and empower the lives of waste workers.

2021

Palar Guttahalli Eco-restoration Program

The Rotary Club Of Bangalore (RCB) and the Vyakti Vikas Kendra (VVKI) have partnered to revive the Palar river basin. The rainfed river originates in Chikkaballapur district and flows through three states--Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu--before emptying into the Bay of Bengal. The restoration project will include multiple scientific interventions such as managed aquifer recharge, revival of the surrounding water bodies and network streams, planting trees on nearby barren lands and training and imparting knowledge to people in adjacent villages to conduct water audits for their respective water security plans.

2021

Media Grantees

Successful ideas need to inhabit the mainstream conscious if they are to gain widespread acceptance. To this end, we support journalism, storytelling and messaging for various stakeholders in the mainstream.

2021

ATREE

ATREE’s Centre for Social and Environmental Innovation (CSEI) designs research-backed solutions for the first mile—citizens, consumers and businesses—that protect the environment while providing livelihoods. CSEI’s Food Futures Initiative aims to boost water security and restore degraded land to improve 150,000 livelihoods in 2000 villages by 2030. Simplistic approaches to expanding water availability often miss the “zero-sum” nature of the game. As the focus has shifted from building structures to demand management and water budgeting, the initiative is co-creating digital and paper tools to help grassroots civil society organisations budget and plan for water better.

2021

Dakshin

The only research and intervention organisation with a primary focus on India's marine, coastal and island geographies, Dakshin Foundation informs and advocates for conservation and natural resource management, while supporting sustainable livelihoods, social development and environmental justice. Dakshin’s flagship initiative, Sea Change, converges insights from existing projects to leverage environmental and social benefits for resource-dependent communities through interventions that are sensitive to local contexts, cultural traditions and worldviews. The organisation’s work is tailored to facilitate meaningful participatory partnerships, and enable locally-empowered and inclusive governance arrangements for lasting marine sustainability.

2021

Technology for Wildlife

Technology for Wildlife Foundation amplifies conservation impact. Using appropriate modern technologies, they collaborate with partners, conduct innovative independent projects and educate conservation practitioners. Their goal is to ensure that interventions for wildlife and environment conservation are conducted effectively, efficiently, and ethically.

2021

Uttarayan

Uttarayan, a 35+ yr old NGO working with people and ecosystems has been steadily building robust ecology across South Bengal. It being part of Pallisree, the largest nursery organization in West Bengal makes it easier to work on ecological restorations. We are partnering with WWF West Bengal to create a nursery for elephant fodder and repellant plantation to restore fragmented habitats of North Bengal Terai elephant corridors. The NGO’s sole mission and vision have been to intricately work on the restoration of fragmented corridors in South Bengal and recreate the rich biodiversity which was at one point a region dedicated to rich flora and fauna but with the advent of population explosion, it has got largely fragmented causing man-animal conflict and mass extinction of flora and fauna. This has also broken the connected ecosystem between Jharkhand, Orissa, and West Bengal. We also aim to work closely with local stakeholders to empower them and make them part of the whole rejuvenation.

2021

Fields of View

Fields of View is leveraging their decade-long experience and expertise in designing tools, spaces for participation and evidence-based decision-making, to build a platform rooted in lived experience and research for thoughtful climate action. The initiative undertaken will strengthen the capacity of various actors striving for a healthy planet.

2021

Sarjapura Curries

Sarjapura Curries builds a culture of eating healthy and a trusting community. Their vision is to build a learning centre and space for activities related to nature, reviving dying handcrafted skills and holistic life.

2021

Sauramandala Foundation

Their vision is to build resilience of people living in remote, disconnected, and vulnerable communities in India. This is done through a district ground-up, full-stack approach that will build and foster the capacity of changemakers from these regions to solve complex challenges in health, education, ecology, and livelihoods.


Investments

2020

Blue Sky Analytics

Good, reliable data forms the basis for bringing attention to problems and is key in finding the solutions to them. Blue Sky crunches massive amounts of satellite and other data to provide high-quality, historical, real-time and predictive environmental intelligence. They build APIs & platforms to understand and predict climate change. This was Rainmatter’s first climate-tech investment.

2020

Terra.do

Terra.do is an online climate school that trains aspiring climate entrepreneurs with the world's leading experts on climate science, policy, business and social justice. This investment is in line with our belief in the need for many smart folks needing to get involved in addressing the questions posed by climate change.

2021

Agnikul

Agnikul is democratising access to space for the small satellite market. The team aims to contribute immensely to the prediction of weather patterns using small satellites. Rapid, on-demand launches of these satellites will help us understand climate change in a timely manner.

2021

Zodhya

Zodhya enables direct reduction of electricity consumption for HVAC systems across commercial spaces.

2021

Zerocircle

Zerocircle uses seaweed to create bio-alternatives to products that we use in our daily lives and enable organisations to create solutions that are perfectly circular, and leave nothing behind. And make a zero waste lifestyle easy.

2021

Organic Mandya

Organic Mandya is working to mainstream organic farming practices. They work with farmers and help in the adoption of sustaiable agricultural practices. They now have 7000+ Farmers in 300+ spread across 270 Villages working with them.

2021

Akshayakalpa

Akshayakalpa are passionate about the planet and we practice organic production to work with the environment and maintain the balance of the ecosystem. They are a farmer-entrepreneurship initiative and focus on making the farmers self reliant by using state of the art technology systems and processes to produce safe and wholesome food for the customers using sustainable practices.