The People and Nature Fund (PNF), was initiated by the Keystone Foundation as a funding facility for grassroots groups working on the issues of environment protection and livelihoods of vulnerable communities in India. The fund recognises the important role of grassroots initiatives as communities are the key implementers of environment and development agendas. Small, atomized communities often face the brunt of rapid global changes and are impacted heavily by globalizing policies. Striving to make a change is often most palpable in the field and its relevance to the world is striking.
One of the key partners in many of Keystones’ endeavours has been Both ENDS, an environment and development organization based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, with over 25 years’ history of working with civil society organizations in India and other countries in the global south. Both ENDS has, among others, been involved in developing an Indo-Dutch Environmental NGO Fund within the framework of formal Dutch-Indian bilateral collaboration, in close collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC, GoI).
The PNF has been initiated with some reserves of Keystone Foundation. This fund will be augmented with projects from different agencies. These will include national donors, Indian business CSRs, international and individual donors. Keystone actively seeks donations to keep this fund alive.
The PNF will support most types of non-governmental organisations that can provide evidence of their non-governmental status or charitable purpose. Priority will be given to socio-environmental groups with an agenda to promote gender balance.
In general, the People and Nature Fund will support