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Siemenpuu Foundation

SiemenpuuFunding support to civil society organizations in areas of ecological democracy, environmental protection, and prevention of environmental threats

Principal Office: Finland


The Siemenpuu Foundation supports civil society organizations in developing countries working for ecological democracy, environmental protection, and prevention of environmental threats.

The Siemenpuu Foundation was founded by Finnish NGOs and foundations whose agendas link to environment and development.

Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources

Community projects in environment and natural resources. Important themes in the Foundation are the rights of local communities to land, forests, and water; environmental impacts of mining; the threats of climate change; and others.

Siemenpuu funds projects at the community level in support of the following objectives:

  • Environmental protection and human rights;
  • Democratic and transparent political decisions about environmental issues;
  • Co-operation between people’s movements, especially those that concentrate on environmental issues and globalization;
  • Opportunities and threats for civic action in relation to environment and development.

About programs

Grant recipients are NGOs and community organizations for conservation and development in regions and countries where Siemenpuu has partner organizations and networks. The Foundation’s geographical interests are Indonesia, the Mekong Region, Nepal, India (three programs), Mali, and Latin America.

APPLICATION: The Foundation does not invite applications or sponsor a formal grant-making process.

Rather, Siemenpuu’s funding is highly decentralized through its regional Cooperation Programs. Each regional program identifies its strategic priorities and organizational structures, and provides additional information.

Grant seekers in the priority regions should contact these Cooperation Programs to inquire about the possibilities of collaboration.

About project funding

Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries

Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands: Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam

East Asia: China

South Asia: India, Nepal

Sub-Saharan Africa: Mali

Latin America and Caribbean

Note: Siemenpuu funds a few projects in other countries on a case-by-case basis.


Siemenpuu’s website is available in Finnish, English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French.

The Foundation was founded in 1998 by fifteen Finnish NGOs working in environment and development. Although Siemenpuu receives most of its financial support from Finland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Foundation is operationally and legally independent.   Note:  Siemenpuu announced a dramatic budget reduction in year 2016.

Contact Us identifies Siemenpuu’s Helsinki staff according to the regional programs they serve.

Last Profile Review

 April 2016