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Active grantees: 22
IAF commitment: $5,210,997
Counterpart value: $14,511,800
Total investment: $19,722,797
Areas of emphasis: Agriculture/food production, conservation, corporate social investment, cultural expression, education/training, enterprise development, the environment, inclusion of indigenous peoples.

Contact information

Gabriela Boyer and Seth Jesse, Foundation Representatives
Julia Toscano, Program Assistant
Azucena Diaz Garcia, Local 

Active Grantees

Centro Campesino para el Desarrollo Sustentable A.C. (CAMPESINO) will provide farmers in the state of Tlaxcala access to working capital, loans and training in conservation techniques, leadership and related subjects to improve their income and food supply. It will also support the further development of a community-based business and construct and equip a storage facility.

Enlace Rural Regional A.C. (ERRAC) will work with 70 farmers from Asociación Civil Productores De Caprinos y Ovinos (ACPO) in Queretaro to improve their production and marketing of goats, meat and cheese. Its project should indirectly benefit 350 other residents of the seven communities the farmers represent. 

Iniciativas para el Desarrollo de una Economía Alternativa y Solidaria A.C. (Ideas Comunitarias) will reach more than 240 young indigenous leaders in several communities of Oaxaca with its curriculum that trains them to undertake community development and projects for generating income. Students will be eligible for subgrants to fund their proposals.

San Sebastián Tlacotepec Ipantepetl S.P.R. de R.L. (SSTI), which groups farmers and markets their coffee certified as organic and fair trade, will offer its members training and technical assistance, will develop its grassroots business and will create a working-capital fund from which to pay farmers upon delivery.

Ñepi Behña Asociación Civil (Ñepi Behña) a nongovernmental organization, and Ya Muntsi Behña, a cooperative comprising 250 women in Hidalgo, will develop their jointly-owned enterprise operating on the principles of fair trade, through training, the application of a new strategy for reaching niche markets, and the participation of 520 women suppliers in the states of Chiapas, Puebla, Mexico State, the Federal District and Hidalgo. 

Unión de Museos Comunitarios de Oaxaca, A.C. (UMCO) will partner with primary and secondary schools to develop the leadership, technical skills and cultural identity of children and adolescents in 15 rural communities of Oaxaca through a series of workshops, festivals, exchanges and exhibits. The activities will involve 2,700 children, 500 adolescents and 300 adults.

Comunidad y Biodiversidad, A.C. (COBI) will work with a fishing cooperative in Quintana Roo to manage a community-based marine reserve, restore its reefs and benefit traditional fishers and local tourism enterprises. The project will directly involve 230 fishers and members of their families and will also reach 5,000 residents of villages in Quintana Roo.

Instituto Mora (IM) will host a training program directed at preparing 40 young Mexicans between the ages of 22 and 29 for positions of leadership in community foundations. The program will offer classes in a traditional setting and online, internships with the foundations, and the opportunity to undertake research on foundation priorities. Some 700 foundation employees and volunteers are expected to benefit indirectly.

Fondo Acción Solidaria, Asociación Civil (FASOL) will award 350 subgrants of up to $6,000 to grassroots and nongovernmental organizations involved in development and conservation and will provide related technical support. At least 7,000 Mexicans should benefit directly.

Fundación Merced (FM) will develop a program of challenge grants for community foundations supporting grassroots initiatives, will conduct training in grantmaking for their staff, will offer related technical assistance and will disseminate what has been learned and accomplished. The project should directly impact 14,900 residents in 14 localities and benefit 120,000 other Mexicans indirectly. The C.S. Mott Foundation is co-funding this grant. 

Union de Esfuerzos para el Campo (UDEC) will work with Cooperativa Cosechando Juntos lo Sembrado, S.C. (CSJ) in 40 communities of Queretaro, to provide training and technical assistance in business skills to 500 backyard gardeners and 125 rural microentrepeneurs selling food, clothing, soaps and shampoos and crafts. The program also offers them access to credit through savings and-loan associations. 

Desarrollo Autogestionario, A.C.(AUGE) will offer training in job skills to 300 young Mexicans, between the ages of 16 and 22, from 40 communities in six municipalities surrounding Xalapa, Veracruz, and will support their small enterprises or further education. A mobile training center developed with project funds will allow AUGE to continuing activities beyond the grant period. In addition to the trainees, 1,200 family members are expected to benefit. 

Senderos y Encuentros para un Desarrollo Autónomo Sustentable, A.C.(SENDAS) will support the Comité de la Cuenca del Río Pixquiac (COCUPIX), an organization comprised of residents of four indigenous communities, civil society organizations and the municipal government of Xalapa, in its management of natural resources in the watershed of the Pixquiac River, Central Veracruz. The program, which includes payment for environmental services, will directly involve 575 families living in the watershed on roughly 161 hectares of agricultural and forested land. It will indirectly benefit 1,140 ejidatarios, or residents of indigenous communities, and 125,000 water users in the city of Xalapa.

Centro Mexicano para la Filantropía, A.C. (CEMEFI), a fundraising and donor organization, is a founding member of The Inter-American Network of Corporate Foundations and Actions for Grassroots Development (RedEAmérica), an IAF-initiated business-sector launched in 2002. In partnership with five other RedEAmérica members (C CEMEX, Fundación ADO, Fundación del Empresariado de Mexico (Fundemex), Fundación Haciendas del Mundo Maya (FHMM) and Fundación Merced) CEMEFI will develop and manage a subgrant fund to finance grassroots development and will otherwise encourage corporate social investment in Mexico. The grant will 600 Mexicans directly; 3,000 members of their family will benefit indirectly.

Unión de Comunidades Productoras Forestales Zapotecos-Chinantecos de la Sierra Juárez, de R.I. (UZACHI) will work with four indigenous Chinantec and Zapotec member communities in the Sierra Juárez region of Oaxaca toward the integrated management of the local ecosystem. Its technical services and subgrants will reach two additional Chinantec communities and encourage the involvement of women and young Chinatecos. UZACHI is expected to develop as an organization capable of providing leadership to other indigenous communities. Its approach to forestry will directly benefit 2,422 Chinatecos working on 25,605 hectares of woodlands. Another 3,989 area residents will benefit from its responsible practices. 

Comité de Derechos Humanos Fray Pedro Lorenzo de la Nada A.C. (Fray Pedro) will engage approximately 1,500 residents in 90 rural communities in the municipality of Ocosingo in promoting a culture of peace and advocating for young people and women's rights. It will also encourage 200 small producers to adopt sustainable farming practices on their plots and work toward a more reliable food supply for farmers in the municipality. This project is expected to improve the livelihood of Tseltal communities through conflict resolution and women's empowerment activities and generate more income for farmers by adopting agro-ecological practices. A total of 1,500 residents will benefit directly, and another  6,000 family members will benefit indirectly through project activities. 

Alianza Fundaciones Comunitarias México, Asociación Civil(Comunalia) will work with the leaders, staff and boards of directors of the 17 community foundations in its network toward the design of a plan to develop the organization into an effective advocate for its members. The C.S. Mott Foundation is co-funding the process directly, involving 380 employees and board members of the participating foundations, which should benefit 15,000 Mexicans.

Centro de Formación y Capacitación para Mujeres K'inal Antsetik, A.C. (CEFOCAM) a women-led indigenous organization, will offer training in cooperativism, leadership and the rights of women, including those who identify as LBTI, in indigenous communities in the highlands of Chiapas, Oaxaca and Guerrero. Benefits will reach 372 indigenous women and 1,500 members of their families.

Sociedad de Solidaridad Social "Los Lagos de Colores," SSS (Lagos de Colores) will work with its 150 member families of indigenous Chuj, Tojolabal and Mam descent in four rural municipalities in Tziscao, Chiapas, a toward the application of "agroecology," or farming practices compatible with the responsible use of the environment; the improvement of coffee production and processing; and more effective marketing of coffee, honey and vegetables. Its workshops will address concepts related to community, territory, identity and gender. The increased income and awareness should benefit 750 Mexicans of indigenous descent.

Estudios Rurales y Asesoría Campesina, A.C. (ERAC) will engage grassroots organizations in the states of Oaxaca, Michoacán, Guerrero and Tlaxcala to implement sustainable forest management techniques adapted to local conditions; consolidate community forest enterprises (CFE); and create a network that shares best practices and advocates for regulations and norms that reflect regional contexts. ERAC will provide technical assistance, training, materials and subgrants to promote sustainable forest management in each region and strengthen CFEs. Some 200 residents of six forest communities will benefit from activities directly and another 10,000 indirectly.

Unión de Productores Orgánicos Beneficio Majomut Sociedad de Producción Rural de Responsabilidad Limitada (MAJOMUT) will undertake activities to improve the quality of coffee production, increase sales of micro-lot coffee in international specialty markets, boost sales of roasted coffee in the domestic market and address coffee rust. The goal will be to double incomes for its 984 members, restoring these to the levels that existed prior to the coffee crisis of 2012-2013, which was caused by the coffee rust fungus. 

Coral Centro de Rehabilitación de Audición y Lenguajes A.C. (CORAL) will empower community-based groups that represent Deaf Oaxacans and their families by encouraging the adoption of a human rights approach for disability advocacy in rural and urban communities of the Costa, Istmo, Sierra Sur and Valles Centrales. Activities will include training and technical assistance to develop the capabilities of the grassroots groups; training community members to provide auditory technician services; and raising awareness on prevention and early detection of deafness. The grant will benefit 7,000 Oaxacans directly and 10,000 indirectly. 

Sociedad Mexicana Pro Derechos de la Mujer (Semillas) will work with Fondo de Acción Solidaria, Asociación Civil (FASOL), an environmental fund that supports community organizations, to provide financial and technical support to Mexican grassroots organizations through its Gender and Environment Program.  Semillas, in partnership with FASOL, will manage a grant fund and award subgrants  to grassroots organizations involved in women’s rights and the environment. Over the course of the grant, Semillas will broaden its base of financial support for the Gender and Environment Program. The project aims to improve conditions of environmental sustainability to facilitate the achievement of gender equality. The grant will directly benefit 3,500 individuals in at least ten states throughout Mexico. The project activities will indirectly impact 17,500 family and community members.