Threshold Foundation 2016 Grants List

Food and Farming
Total Grants $344,000

Threshold Foundation's Food and Farming Funding Circle funds projects that serve as acupuncture points to activate forces of life which transform our relationship with the natural world. These projects are leading the transition from destructive farming policies and practices towards a regenerative model of agriculture. They are regrowing food systems that respect the integrity, diversity and resilience of communities and ecosystems.

The dominant system of agriculture in the United States today is damaging our health and the health of the planet. We can accelerate visionary philanthropy in support of emerging leadership and community efforts for systemic change. The food revolution requires us to act now. Ag is the most fundamental need of all humanity and is the causal nexus for addressing issues of environmental degradation, climate change, human health, inequality and injustice. Food and Farming works collaboratively to change the discourse among funders and policymakers to bring about fundamental change.


Agrarian Trust

Greenhorns' mission is to recruit and support new farmers in America. Its goal over the next generation is to retrofit the food system and to build a thriving agricultural economy, for healthy regions, healthy watersheds, and a healthy farm culture. The work is movement building and future-making, through community organizing, media production, providing the voice of the young farmer movement in nationwide coalitions, and incubating new organizations that support new farmers (National Young Farmers Coalition, Farm Hack, and now, Agrarian Trust). Agrarian Trust’s sole purpose is to support land access for next-generation sustainable farmers.

$30,000 - Greenhorns' Agrarian Trust
Paicines, CA |

Berkeley Food Institute

The Berkeley Food Institute seeks to transform food systems—to expand access to healthy, affordable food and promote sustainable and equitable food production. We empower new leaders with capacities to cultivate diverse, just, resilient, and healthy food systems.

$20,000 - Berkeley Food Institute's General Support
Berkeley, CA |

Center for Food Safety

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) works to protect human health and the environment by curbing the proliferation of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. The True Food Network is CFS’s grassroots action network, with over 85,000 members across the country. The True Food Network is where concerned citizens can voice their opinions about critical food safety issues, and advocate for a socially just, democratic, and sustainable food system.

$30,000 - Soil Solutions Program
Washington, DC |

Civil Eats

Civil Eats is a daily news source for critical thought about the American food system. It publishes stories that shift the conversation around sustainable agriculture in an effort to build economically and socially just communities.

$25,000 - Civil Eats' General Support
Cotati, CA |

Cultural Conservancy Sacred Land Foundation

Cultural Conservancy Sacred Land Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of indigenous cultures and their ancestral lands. Its has a fifteen year history of working with indigenous communities locally in California, nationally throughout North America, and internationally, on land protection, environmental research, sacred site preservation, cultural revitalization, and community empowerment. Its mission is the preservation and restoration of indigenous lands and cultures. It is a research, education, and advocacy organization.

$20,000 - Conversations with Maize Project
San Francisco, CA |

Ecdysis Foundation

Ecdysis Foundation's mission is to create a network of centers for excellence in regenerative farming practices that will transform food production from the bottom up. This initiative will confront national problems by rebuilding soil health, increasing biodiversity, and profitably producing nutrient dense foods. Community-driven science, education, and demonstration will be key to changing farming behaviors.

$30,000 - General Support
Estelline, SD |

Fundación Semillas de Vida, A.C.

Fundación Semillas de Vida is a non-profit civil association that combines the efforts of individuals from different backgrounds - peasant-farmers, consumers, NGOs, public institutions and scientists - convinced about the impact food has on health and the environment. Food supply is at the end of the production line that starts with seeds; Fundación Semillas de Vida supports peasant-farmers' experiences that preserve seeds and contribute to the consumption of sound foods within a sustainable agriculture, and disseminate the risks of the dominant food system - specifically genetically modified organisms, or GMOs - to elevate health and ecological awareness, and to promote caring for life from the seeds onwards.

$40,000 - General Support
Distrito Federal, Mexico |

Immediate Life Inc.

Immediate Life Inc., also known as Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir, is a New York City based radical performance community, with 50 performing members and a congregation in the thousands. Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir are wild anti-consumerist gospel shouters and Earth loving urban activists who have worked with communities on four continents defending community, life and imagination. The Devils over the 15 years of the church have remained the same: Consumerism and Militarism. In this time of the Earth's crisis - the organization is especially mindful of the extractive imperatives of global capital.

$13,000 - General Support
New York, NY |

International Development Exchange

International Development Exchange (IDEX) was founded in 1985 to support community-based development efforts in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and to engage US citizens in educational partnerships with communities overseas. Its overall goal is for marginalized people to participate in, determine, and benefit from the economic development of their communities. IDEX achieves this through an Economic Development and Rights program which combines grantmaking to support grassroots projects, international advocacy initiatives, public education, and partnerships.

$30,000 - Mexico Maize Solidarity Collaborative Fund
Berkeley, CA |

Savanna Institute

Savanna Institute aims to empower stakeholders to support, adopt, and enhance resilient and diverse agroforestry practices. education. The Institute leads the charge in advocating for and supporting agroforestry efforts in the Midwestern United States. Formed in 2013, the Institute works to develop agricultural systems that mimic an exceptionally productive ecosystem once common throughout the corn belts and bread baskets of the world: the savanna.

$30,000 - General Support
Urbana, IL |

Sustainable Economies Law Center

The Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) facilitates the growth of sustainable, localized, and just economies, through education, legal research, and advocacy that support practices such as local investing, urban agriculture, cooperatives, barter, local currencies, sharing, cottage industries, and economically sustainable housing.

$36,000 - General Support
Oakland, CA |

Women, Food and Agriculture Network

Women, Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN) aims to engage women in building an ecological and just food and agricultural system through individual and community power. WFAN exists so that women can give each other the information, connections, and encouragement they need to be effective practitioners and supporters of sustainable agriculture and healthy localized food systems.

$40,000 - General Support
Ames, IA |

High Impact Documentary Funding Circle
Total Grants $246,300

Threshold’s High Impact Documentary Films (HIDF) funding circle will fund documentaries addressing the most important issues facing the world today with a plan of action that is powerful, innovative, and unexpected. We are in a golden age of documentary films. Progressive issues are being exposed in a powerful new light with various creative channels for marketing and distribution. Documentary filmmakers are filling the void left by a mainstream media that is unwilling to take on the controversial issues we face today.

The High Impact Documentary Films funding circle will partner with the Sundance Institute to make high-impact grants that utilize the resources of an organization at the forefront of the documentary world. By making more aggressive and larger grants than those that are usually available, we seek to become a leading force in the documentary field, gaining greater visibility for the Threshold Foundation and making more impact as change makers.


Big Sky Film Productions, Inc.

Big Sky Film Production Inc. has a tradition of making documentary films that move hearts and minds along the moral arc of the universe, bending toward justice.

$16,300 - "Dark Money" Film
Newark, NJ |

Rescue Breath/Requisite Media

Requisite Media, LLC is the production company of Elaine McMillion Sheldon, a Peabody award-winning documentary maker, visual journalist and media artist who explores themes of identity, roots and change. Her film and interactive work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, from the NYFF to IDFA.

$60,000 - Requisite Media, LLC's "Rescue Breath" documentary film
Elkview, WV |

Sustainable Markets Foundation

Sustainable Markets Foundation focuses its activities on environmental protection, energy efficiency, consumer protection, health and safety and government reform.

$20,000 - "Idiom Hale County" Film
New York, NY

Syria Campaign

The Syria Campaign is a global advocacy group launched in 2014 with the mission to mobilize people around the world to advocate to protect Syrian civilians and accelerate progress towards a peaceful and democratic future for Syria.

$50,000 - Film outreach for "White Helmets"
London, UK |

Women Make Movies, Inc.

Whose Streets? is a documentary film that gives a first-hand look at how the murder of one teenager became the last straw for a community under siege. Whose Streets? is a story of love, loss, conflict, and ambition; the journey of everyday people turned freedom fighters, whose lives intertwined with a burgeoning national movement for black liberation.

$100,000 - Whose Street's? General Support
Brooklyn, NY |

Restorative Justice
Total Grants $292,000

Threshold Foundation’s Restorative Justice Funding Circle uses a movement-building lens to support organizations working inside and outside of prison to protect the rights and humanity of the incarcerated, the formerly incarcerated, and those at-risk of incarceration, as well as their families and communities. Our guiding principles are liberation, empowerment, restoration, and healing.

We fund organizations working within and for communities that are most directly impacted by mass criminalization, with a particular preference for efforts led by formerly incarcerated persons and organizations that empower impacted people and communities.

We fund national, regional, statewide, and local organizations that are working on the front lines of the movement, with a particular preference for organizations whose work is foundational for a nationwide movement to overhaul criminal justice and/or whose leadership is catalyzing the larger movement.

We are willing to take funding risks by providing seed support for innovative approaches to overhauling America’s approach to criminal justice and abating mass criminalization, including over-policing, the school-to-prison pipeline, approaches to violence inside and outside prison, Draconian sentences, warehouse style incarceration, and barriers to successful reentry.


American Indian Prison Project Working Group

American Indian Prison Project Working Group works to empower American Indian and Alaska Native communities with the skills and resources to significantly reduce the detainment and incarceration rate of youth and adult tribal members in federal, state and tribal prisons.

$20,000 - American Indian Prison Project Working Group's General Support
St. Paul, MN

Because Black is Still Beautiful

Because Black is Still Beautiful (BBISB) dismantles the historic perceptions, practices and policies that negatively affect criminal justice impacted Black women, while building upon our strengths.

$20,000 - General Support
Fremont, CA

Black Organizing Project

The Black Organizing Project (BOP) is a Black member-led community organization working for racial, social, and economic justice through grassroots organizing and community-building in Oakland, California.

$20,000 - General Support
Oakland, CA |

East Point Peace Academy

The East Point Peace Academy is an organization dedicated to bringing about a culture of peace through training, education and the practice of Nonviolence and Conflict Reconciliation. We are grounded in the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, and work with incarcerated populations, youth, activists and community leaders working to bring about the Beloved Community.

$15,000 - East Point Peace Academy's General Support
Oakland, CA |

Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted People and Families Movement

The Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted People and Families Movement is a national movement of formerly incarcerated people that is committed to the expansion of the civil and human rights of formerly incarcerated people, our children and families.

$20,000 - Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted People and Families Movement's National Convening
San Francisco, CA |

The Gathering for Justice

The Gathering for Justice is a social justice organization founded by Harry Belafonte in 2005. The history and methodology of The Gathering is rooted in Kingian nonviolence direct action and civic engagement. The Gathering has earned great success and a reputation as inter-generational experts in gang intervention, violence prevention and reduction, cultural reconciliation, restorative justice, nonviolence training, leadership training and grassroots mobilization. Led since 2010 by Executive Director Carmen Perez, the mission of The Gathering for Justice is to build a national movement to end child incarceration and correct and replace the societal and institutional pillars that enliven mass incarceration with viable community solutions.

$35,000 - General Support
New York, NY |

Impact Justice

Impact Justice is an innovation and research center, tapping into bold, original ideas to reduce incarceration and shining a spotlight on existing efforts that need to be embraced. Impact Justice is committed to fostering a more humane, responsive, and restorative system of justice in our nation. Our bedrock belief is that to build a better justice system, we must first imagine a better system.

$20,000 - Restorative Justice Project
Oakland, CA |

Native Action

Native Action (NA) is a community empowerment organization located on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. It works to bridge racial, socio-economic, cultural, and environmental justice barriers by organizing, advocating, and establishing allied relationships.

$29,000 - General Support
Lame Deer, MT |

Native Generational Change

Native Generational Change (NGC) is a grassroot organization. The mission of the organization is to positivity change intergenerational mobility for Native American communities. NGC advocates for Native American issues through multiple faucets with the next generation of leaders in the forefront.

$29,000 - Native Generational Change's General Support
Missoula, MT |

Root & Rebound

The mission of Root & Rebound is to increase access to justice and opportunity for people in reentry from prison and jail, and to educate and empower those who support them, fundamentally advancing and strengthening the reentry infrastructure across the State of California. It aims to accomplish this mission through innovative, holistic and client-centered services, including: "Roadmap to Reentry" education, direct legal services, and policy advocacy.

$29,000 - Salary for Staff Attorneys
Oakland, CA |

Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos

Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos addresses the problem of violence prevention in its community by implementing a program of community education, leadership development, and technical training in collaboration with other local and state-wide community organizations. Its guiding idea and mission is to bring peace to the barrios and the lives of youth through Outreach, leadership development, and community economic development using a full continuum of services which includes primary prevention, intervention, and counseling programs focusing on the arts, community projects, theater, computer technology, video, and technical training as well as classroom and community presentations.

$20,000 - Prison Project
Santa Cruz, CA |

Silicon Valley De-Bug

Silicon Valley De-Bug is a media, community organizing, and entrepreneurial collective based out of San Jose, California. Started in the Spring of 2001, De-Bug has become a nationally recognized organization while also establishing itself as a trusted local platform for communities in the South Bay region.

$35,000 - Albert Cobarrubias Justice Project
San Jose, CA |

Sustainable Planet
Total Grants $453,800

Threshold's Sustainable Planet funding circle supports organizations and programs that focus on ensuring the long-term healthy functioning of our planet and the maintenance of its biodiversity.

In discussing "sustainability," we take a two-pronged approach. A sustainable planet:

  • Meets the needs of people now without compromising the needs of future generations.
  • Brings human activities into harmony with nature for the benefit of all beings.

This implies transforming human activity, culture and technology to live within the physical limits of local and global ecosystems, and protecting threatened ecosystems and species.

Our grants address global ecological issues such as climate change, habitat destruction, water quality and supply, and biodiversity conservation.

They contribute to: empowering local and indigenous communities, creating strong energy policies, deploying new clean technologies, and developing effective communication strategies and messages that increase support for protecting and enhancing the natural environment at local, regional and global levels.

We often support organizations and programs that have been neglected by other funders for a variety of reasons. That is, we encourage creative and innovative solutions for resolving the environmental crises that threaten life on Earth.


Amazon Watch

The mission of Amazon Watch is to partner with South American indigenous/environmental NGO's to protect Amazonian ecosystems and indigenous lands threatened by internationally financed industrial mega-projects (oil/gas pipelines, dams, highways, waterways).

$25,000 - General Support
Oakland, CA |

Bonobo Conservation Initiative

Bonobo Conservation Initiative (BCI) is dedicated to ensuring the survival of the bonobo (Pan paniscus) and its tropical forest habitat in the Congo Basin. By working with indigenous Congolese people through cooperative conservation and community development programs, as well as on the national and international levels, BCI is establishing new protected areas and leading efforts to safeguard bonobos wherever they are found.

$49,000 - General Support
Washington, DC |

Center for Health, Environment and Justice

Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ) empowers community-based groups fighting contamination of the air, water or soil that threatens human health and the environment. It carries out its mission by providing organizing and technical assistance to local groups. In addition, CHEJ coordinates nationwide collaborative campaigns around children's environmental health issues and precautionary action, in order to focus the collective power of the grassroots movement for environmental health on corporate and government decision makers.

$23,800 - Preventing Fracking Harms Campaign
Falls Church, VA |

Chickaloon Village Traditional Council

The purpose of the Chickaloon Village Traditional Council in central Alaska is to perpetuate its ancestors’ beliefs, customs, traditions and values, and steward its environment to help its citizens thrive. Its vision is to ensure that future generations are equipped with a sufficient resource base as well as knowledge of traditional language and culture, and to become environmental leaders in their community.

$48,000 - Fish Protection Coalition
Chickaloon, AK |


Earthworks is dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the destructive impacts of mineral development, in the U.S. and worldwide. It fulfills its mission by working with communities and grassroots groups to reform government policies, improve corporate practices, influence investment decisions and encourage responsible materials sourcing and consumption.

$32,000 - Oil and Gas Accountability Project
Washington, DC |

Fondo Acción Solidaria, A.C.

Fondo Acción Solidaria, A.C. (FASOL – The Action in Solidarity Fund) is an independent, charitable, Mexican grantmaking organization that provides grant support for grassroots groups working on the critical social and environmental issues that confront their communities. Its mission is to create a movement of healthy, sustainable, effective grassroots organizations that are working towards social and economic justice for the people of Mexico.

$20,000 - FASOL – The Action in Solidarity Fund
La Paz, Mexico |

Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Earth (FoE) is a national organization dedicated to protecting the planet from environmental disaster; preserving biological, cultural, and ethnic diversity; and empowering citizens to have an effective voice in decisions affecting their environment and their lives. FOE fosters partnerships with a broad range of non-governmental environmental groups on all continents.

$26,000 - Arctic Campaign
Washington, DC |

Gaia Amazonas

Gaia Amazonas's mission is to promote social and environmental resilience in the Northwest Amazon through the strengthening of pertinent development and strategic governance, advocating effective policies and enhancing public engagement in the context of climate change.

$46,000 - Anacondas Pathway
Bogota, Colombia

Georgia Strait Alliance

Formed in 1990, Georgia Strait Alliance works to protect, preserve and restore the ecology of Georgia Strait and its adjoining waters. The organization's activities include public education, advocacy, special events, networking and resource sharing.

$26,000 - Tankers and Spills Program
Vancouver, British Columbia |


MN350 (Minneosta works to inspire Minnesotans to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis: to create a new sense of urgency and possibility for our planet. MN350 knits many efforts together in a powerful and unified call to action—a call that is global, scientific, and relational. It works to build a social movement by empowering individuals, groups, and communities to act collectively in addressing the climate crisis.

$24,000 - General Support
Minneapolis, MN |

New Energy Economy

New Energy Economy (NE2) seeks to create opportunities for New Mexico by developing solutions to global warming. It is a collaborative effort dedicated to making New Mexico a model for state-based initiatives that will help create energy independence for America. NE2's work has four components: research, development and implementation of energy and global warming policy; creation of model energy projects; network building; and strategic communications.

$21,000 - General Support
Santa Fe, NM |

Oregon Climate

Oregon Climate is a volunteer-driven organization that empowers Oregonians to win real climate policy, building the model for a timely global transition to a clean energy economy.

$44,000 - Oregon Climate's General Support
Portland, OR |

Partnership for Policy Integrity Inc.

The Partnership for Policy Integrity (PFPI) uses science, policy analysis and strategic communications to promote sound energy policy. PFPI provides science and legal support so that citizen groups, environmental organizations, and policymakers can better understand energy development impacts on air quality, ecosystems, and the climate. Its current work focuses on biomass energy.

$26,000 - General Support
Pelham, MA |

Taxpayers for Common Sense

The mission of Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS) is to expose and end wasteful and harmful spending in order to create a federal government that operates within its means. It is an independent voice for American taxpayers, dedicated to cutting wasteful government spending and subsidies in order to achieve a responsible and efficient government that lives within its means. Its vision is for a federal government that costs less and lives within its means. It seeks to transcend ideological and partisan differences to build support for common sense reforms.

$23,000 - Energy Program
Washington, DC |

Yansa Inc

Yansa Inc, dba the Yansa Group, partners with communities to facilitate their direct participation in the just transition to renewable energy, while ensuring that the communities retain control over their resources.

$20,000 - General Support
Cold Spring, NY |

Thriving Resilient Communities Funding Circle
Total Grants $165,900

Threshold’s Thriving Resilient Communities funding circle (TRC) funds collaborative tools and approaches that build leadership and capacity for communities to address their own strategic needs in the face of energy, climate, economic, and social challenges. In a thriving resilient community, people can respond to any challenge and thrive in the process. Community resilience requires an integral whole-systems approach that fosters compassion, inner resilience (healthy, respectful caring relationships), and outer resilience (fair, sustainable sharing systems) within an eco-social region. The resilient community movement includes community initiatives with similar visions using a variety of names such as Healthy, Livable, Local, Peace, Resilient, Sustainable, Thrive, and Transition.

TRC's mission is to build collective wisdom, map the field, and fund best practices and leading-edge work in community resilience in the United States and Canada. Priority will be given to regional and national network hubs and to replicable whole-systems approaches that promote inclusive economic models, social interconnectedness, and vibrant health and well-being. In addition to supporting projects within an organization, TRC is particularly interested in catalyzing multi-organization collaborative projects that we call “co-projects.”


Boston Ujima Project

Boston Ujima Porject is organizing neighbors, workers, business owners and investors to create a new community controlled economy in Greater Boston. It is challenging poverty and developing communities by organizing savings, businesses and customers to grow local wealth and to meet the community's needs.

$23,700 - Boston Ujima Project's General Support
Jamaica Plain, MA |

Cooperation Richmond

Cooperation Richmond is a not-for-profit cooperative incubator and non-extractive revolving loan fund. It is a one-stop-shop for the incubation, education, training, mentorship and capital support required to create, convert, and continue to develop successful cooperative enterprises in Richmond, CA that build community controlled wealth by and for low-income communities and communities of color whose wealth has been extracted.

$39,200 - Cooperation Richmond's General Support
Richmond, CA |

Daily Acts

Daily Acts Organization's vision is to foster a healthy, just, and reverent culture. Its mission is to transform its communities through inspired action and education which builds leadership and local self-reliance.

$23,200 - Just Resilience Collaborative
Petaluma, CA |

Movement Generation

Movement Generation Justice and Ecology Project provides in-depth analysis and information about the global ecological crisis and facilitates strategic planning for action among leading organizers from urban Bay Area organizations working for economic and racial justice in communities of color. The purpose of Movement Generation is to develop the strategic movement capacity of young organizational leaders 35-years-old and under in the Bay Area social justice community, especially young women, LGBTQ folks and people of color.

$32,500 - Movement Generation's General Support
Oakland, CA |

New Economy Coalition, Inc

The New Economy Coalition (NEC) is a network of organizations imagining and building a future where people, communities, and ecosystems thrive. Together, we are creating deep change in our economy and politics—placing power in the hands of people and uprooting legacies of harm—so that a fundamentally new system can take root.

$8,200 - The Metanarrative Project
Boston, MA |

New England Grassroots Environment Fund

New England Grassroots Environment Fund's mission is to foster and give voice to community-based environmental initiative in New England. They work to further an environmental ethic based on stewardship and citizen involvement through a grassroots network.

$18,200 - New England Resilience and Transition Network's General Support
Newmarket, NH |

Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory

Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory is an invitational action research network project exploring tipping-point strategies for scaling the community resilience movement and engaging the mainstream in North America. The intention is to build collective wisdom, map the field, and fund best practices and leading-edge work in local community resilience. The Collaboratory is a learning community of practice, an agile collaborative-funding incubator, and a call to conscious collaboration and co-creation in service to the Great Transition.

$20,900 - Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory's General Support
Freeland, CT |


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