Funding Opportunity: Mini-Grants Program (Jan 31 deadline)

Dear Colleagues,

The Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) is pleased to offer two to three grants of $10,000 each for innovative uses of, the world’s first searchable repository of publicly available agriculture and forestry contracts. The grants are offered to support and advance innovative uses of the repository and its content. aims to promote greater transparency of land-based investments, facilitate a better understanding of the contracts that govern them, and provide useful tools for governments, communities, companies, and other stakeholders. It is supported by UKaid from the Department for International Development. More information can be found on our website:

For this mini-grants program, we seek proposals for projects that make use of to promote more sustainable investments in agriculture or forestry, support different stakeholders in understanding land-based investments and their implications, or provide new insight into such investments.

Applications must be submitted via email ( or sent in hard copy format by regular mail. Please note that applications must be received by CCSI on or before January 31, 2018.

For further information, please see the Program Announcement & Guidelines and the Application Form, both available for download from CCSI’s website. Please direct any questions about the mini-grants program to

We would be grateful if you could share this announcement with colleagues who might be interested. A couple of sample tweets:

Best regards,

Kaitlin Y. Cordes

P.S. – Want to know more about how fits into broader transparency work? Check out our recent video interview with Michael Jarvis, Executive Director of TAI. Looking for a quick #landrights read? Here’s a short blog post on whether there’s a human right to land. Curious what we’ve been up to generally? Visit our website!


Thanks for sharing, @KaitlinC, we are spreading the word!