Protect-an-Acre Grant Application
RAN established Protect-an-Acre (PAA) in 1993 to protect the world’s forests and support the rights of their inhabitants through small grants to traditionally under-funded organizations and communities in forest regions. PAA is a grassroots alternative to “buy-an-acre” programs that seek to provide rainforest protection by buying tracts of land, but which often fail to address the needs or rights of local Indigenous peoples.
PAA grants fit seven basic categories:
Top priority is given to:
Applications are evaluated on the following criteria:
Although grants are made in all regions and unsolicited proposals are welcome, geographic priority areas are Southeast Asia and South and North America (Native American/First Nations applications are prioritized in the U.S. and Canada). Applicants from other regions are encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org prior to submitting an application to inquire regarding the possibility of funding.
PAA does not support individual, governmental, or exclusively academic projects. Grants generally do not exceed $5,000. Certain components of projects with larger budgets can be funded when those components significantly contribute to the project’s final outcome.
Only completed applications will be considered. Applicants will be informed within 4 weeks if their application has been short-listed or declined. The final decision on short-listed projects can take a couple of weeks longer, depending on how quickly references come back and how long it takes to resolve any inquiries regarding the application. If the application is urgent please make this clear when it is submitted.
For a Word version of the Protect-an-Acre application, please contact email@example.com. Completed applications can be returned via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
Rainforest Action Network
c/o Small Grants Programs Manager
425 Bush Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94108
Keepers of the Athabasca2011$4,000 to support the 2011 Tar Sands Healing Walk, attended by several hundred people from tar sands impacted communities, hosted in Fort McMurray where major tar sands expansion is causing irreversible damage to both the environment and human health.
Mountain Justice (fiscally sponsored by Coal River Mountain Watch)2009$1,000 to support the 2010 Mountain Justice Summer Training Camp, consisting of ten days of training, strategizing, bonding, service and action for veteran and novice activists and for people living both within and outside of the coalfields of Appalachia to cultivate the skills and visions needed to abolish mountaintop removal and build vibrant, healthy, self-reliant communities.
Defenders of the Land2009$1,250 to support the organizing of a national day of action with participation from First Nations across Canada, one of the only countries still opposed to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to shine a spotlight on the country’s continued policy to remove First Nations’ control over their land and resource base, with the demand that Canada recognize Indigenous communities’ right to self-determination.
Keeper of the Mountains Foundation2009$1,500 to support Larry Gibson’s tireless work bringing thousands of people to witness the destruction caused by mountaintop removal coal mining to help build a movement to ensure his ancestral land on Kayford Mountain in West Virginia will not become a part of the 7,000 acre MTR site that surrounds it today.
Ya’axché Conservation Trust2009$1,000 to support a comprehensive advocacy campaign to secure the Government of Belize’s commitment to protected area legislation, specifically focusing on the most recent illegal, environmentally and socially detrimental activity, a proposed hydroelectric facility within the most restricted and perhaps most pristine protected area in the country, Bladen Nature Reserve.
Eyak Preservation Council2008$5,000 in support for resistance to the proposed Shepard Point deep water port and road, which would bring a cascade effect of development threats to the Copper River Delta, Prince William Sound and vital wild salmon habitat, all under the pretext of creating an oil spill response port, for which there are 2 well-research alternate locations that would drastically minimize environmental impact on the region.
Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN)2008$4,000 to support community organizing to push for free, prior and informed consent and other land reform in Ontario building from the government’s commitment to protect 225,000 square kilometers of the Far North Boreal region.
The Maya Leaders Alliance2008$4,000 to support a Supreme Court lawsuit that seeks to force the government to comply with its commitment to abstain from carrying out activities that might affect the value and use of Maya lands in the rainforests of southern Belize without informed consent and the development of a mechanism through which communities can apply to have their lands demarcated. This will also support a mobilization of over 200 community members to attend the trial and speak with national media.
Boreal Action Project2008$3,000 to support a cross-cultural action camp in Manitoba, Canada between urban activists and youth and Elders from Indigenous communities to discuss methods of furthering mutual goals and build campaign, media, and direct action skills.
Algonquins of Barriere Lake2008$3,000 in support for ongoing efforts by the Algonquins, among the most advanced communities in Canada in terms of their research and land use planning, to pressure the government to respect its signed agreements pertaining to resource co-management and sustainable development.
Grassy Narrows Women’s Drum Group2008$5,000 to support a three day gathering of youth from Grassy Narrows (who were the catalysts and initiators of the community’s blockade of their traditional territory) and other First Nations communities.
Keepers of the Athabasca2008$4,000 in support for the 1st First Nations led documentary project regarding Tar Sands, focusing on the stories of elders who have worked, raised families, lived off the land and waters of the region and witnessed the many changes to the watershed and how they have impacted their communities over the course of their lives.
Mushkegowuk Environmental Research Centre2008$3,000 to support a First Nations youth conference, with participation from all 7 communities throughout Ontario that belong to the Mushkegowuk Council, focused on raising awareness around the topic of climate change and providing a forum for the youth to share their concerns and vision for the future of their territory.
Niska Traditional Memorial Gathering Committee2007$1,000 in support for a 5 day festival in Moose Factory, Ontario to showcase and celebrate the Omushkego Cree culture and honor the youth and the geese which bring the community sustenance and life, with workshops addressing concerns over land, water and global warming.
Boreal Action Project2007$3,000 in support for a cross-cultural action camp in Manitoba, Canada between urban activists and youth and Elders from Indigenous communities to discuss methods of furthering mutual goals and build campaign, media, and direct action skills.
Community Forest Team2007$2,000 in support for an effort to bring Pacific Lumber Company, which is currently bankrupt, under community control and implement a plan for permanent, sustainable timber management of 197,000 acres of redwood forests, while 12,000 acres of old-growth and environmentally significant habitat are preserved.
Mother Earth Helpers (Grassy Narrows First Nation)2007$540 in support for Mother Earth Helpers patrol of Grassy Narrows' Traditional Sacred Grounds and the establishment of three campsites that would block secondary roads where logging is happening.
Ardoch Algonquin First Nation2007$5,000 to support the efforts of Ardoch Algonquin First Nation, an Aninshinaabe community of about 700 in southeast Ontario, that has established a blockade to prevent Frontenac from developing an open-pit uranium mine on their traditional land.
Nishnawbe Aski Nation (on behalf of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug)2006$5,000 in support of KI, a fly-in community of approximately 900 people located 400km from the nearest road in the Canadian Boreal, in its legal efforts to defend its treaty rights against a $10 billion lawsuit filled by Platinex and to mount a constitutional challenge to so-called "free entry" mining and the Ontario Mining Act.
Grassy Narrows Women's Drum Group2006$2,170 to support a three day gathering of youth from Grassy Narrows (who were the catalysts and initiators of the community's now 4-year blockade) and other First Nations communities, including workshops on traditional skills and leadership building, sweat lodges and traditional feasts and discussions led by Indigenous leaders on tribal and treaty history and Indigenous land rights.
Grassy Narrows Environmental Committee20065,000 to support travel expenses for 7 members of Grassy Narrows, including youth and chaperones, and one leader from the KI community to go to southern Ontario for a week of activities in support of the First Nations National Day of Action, including erecting a nine-meter teepee on the front lawn of the Ontario legislature.
Friends of Grassy Narrows2005$3,000 to support two public educational events featuring spokespeople from the Pimicikamak Cree community of Cross Lake and from a community of the James Bay Cree on expected environmental and social impacts of major proposed hydro developments for northern Manitoba (including in roadless areas of the Boreal).
Humboldt County Forest Defense Group2005$2,500 in general support of efforts to prevent logging in Nanning Creek Grove, some of the last old growth forests in California.
Oxygen Collective2004$1,000 in general support of Oxygen Collective’s multi-year effort to stop logging in the Siskiyou Wild Rivers National Conservation Area in Oregon, the most biologically diverse national forest in the West.
The Friends of the Rogue-Kalmiopsis2004$1,000 to purchase a video camera to document before and after cutting of healthy trees around stream buffers in the proposed Siskiyou Wild Rivers National Conservation Area in Oregon, the most biologically diverse national forest in the West, which under the pretense of salvaging fire damaged timber is being sold off as part of the biggest timber sale in U.S. history.
Mishkeegogamang and Saugeen Communities Anishnaabekwe2004$5,000 grant to support efforts led by Ojibway women to initiate one the largest forest blockades in north western Ontario history due to the unresponsiveness of Bowater, which has been logging and spraying chemicals on the First Nation's territory without authorization.
Olancho Environmental Movement2004$5,000 to allow 12 local leaders to be trained and in turn train their communities in several areas related to the struggle against illegal logging in Olancho, Honduras.
Hupacasath First Nation2004$2,000 to support the Hupacasath’s lawsuit challenging the Canadian government’s order allowing Weyerhaeuser to log, without consultation, on the community’s traditional territory on Vancouver Island.
Maya Ecological Literacy Project2004$3,000 to bring together 30 elders in the Ecological Reserve of the Ejido Tres Garantias region in the Yucatan peninsula for a gathering where they can openly discuss the problems they are facing from rapid development by government and multi-national corporations and where they can formulate a plan of action to protect the region, one of the most biodiverse in the world.
Indigenous Network on Economies and Trade (INET)2003$5000 for organizing a special training camp and meeting for First Nations communities working to gain control over and protect the forests on their traditional land and to help these communities bring their concerns to the international level.
The Julian Cho Society2003$1,000 to allow JCS' Chair, Cristina Coc, to travel this summer to coordinate the legal registration of JCS and to hold meetings and coordinate efforts with other Indigenous and environmental leaders with the aim of building the organization in order to carry on the work of Julian Cho, who was murdered for his leadership in the struggle for rainforest conservation and Maya land rights
Fuerza Ambiental2002$5,000 to support the efforts of Fuerza Ambiental and the Sierra Madre Alliance to mount a legal defense and public campaign to free local Tarahumara activist Isidro Baldenegro Lopez (who later received the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize) and to resolve the land fraud that has granted control of his community's forests to the Fontes cartel, which runs the drug trade in the region.
Project Underground1998$5,000 in support of the First International Gold Summit, organized with regional NGOs and communities that are affected by gold mining.
Pico Bonito National Park Foundation (FUPNAPIB)1998$5,000 with which FUPNAPIB aims to complete the demarcation of a protected area and to identify where the highest biodiversity and greatest threats are in order to obtain funding to increase the existing number of park guards to carry out monitoring activities.
Sierra Madre Alliance1998$5,000 to legally restore land rights to local communities, begin planning of locally controlled forest reserves and alternatives to logging and drug production, and to create a cultural interchange and permaculture training in order to create reserves and alternatives for the communities' economies.
Eyak Preservation Council1998$5,000 to support a grassroots advocacy campaign directed towards building support for a comprehensive conservation easement alternative to the Bering River extraction project proposed by the Chugach Alaska Corporation.
Valhalla Wilderness Society1997$2,200 to support the production of a toolkit for the media and members of the European and Canadian parliaments about the crisis in Canada’s Boreal Forest.
Luna Media1997$10,000 of general support to Luna Media in their work with North Coast Earth First! to continue and increase media outreach as actions continue around Headwaters ancient redwood forests.
WALHI Jambi2012$5,000 to support work with 5 villages in Jambi Province, Sumatra, Indonesia to strengthen community management systems and values and help secure control and protection for over 40,000 acres of customarily-owned “village forest” through holding a series of meetings to reach collective decisions to develop and implement 35 year management plans that consider ecological, economic and social dimensions and provide for sustainable sources of income that reflect local cultural values.