Priority Agenda

CASA’s boards and team meet every year, and hold constant discussions online, to analyze the South American social and environmental challenges scenario and to define action priorities and strategies. This is where CASA’s strategic advantage lies: an informed approach that supports capacity strengthening in the most needed levels of organized society. A great majority of small and medium social and environmental organizations in the South American countries rely only on volunteers and have little or no resources. So many of the groups are so isolated that they don’t even know that a funding option exists to help their work.

That is where CASA’s knowledge network really makes the difference. They find, inform, recommend and support the groups to prepare a project to send to CASA. There would be no other way of accessing them without this trust network, for a great percentage of them has not even heard of “crowdfunding” which is one of the closest-to-the-ground type of fundraising mechanisms of today. Thus, CASA’s support reaches furthest than most any other funder.

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Check out the grants given throughout CASA’s history

If you click in the links below, you will access the lists of grants per year. They are more than 1000 in the last 10 years.

Principles for Project Selection

  • To strengthen the capacities of organizations to be more strategic actors in agendas that affect their lives;
  • To amplify and qualify the participation of society in the monitoring of, and engagement with, public policies;
  • To prioritize the implementation of strategic activities that connect local, national and international levels of work – synergistic action;
  • To give priority to innovative projects that create environmental solutions;
  • To support small and medium size groups to access new sources of funds, while also offering them fundraising tools;
  • To support emergency issues and needs in the field.

Criteria for Support

  • Small and medium size socio-environmental and community based organizations in South America;
  • Groups that may influence and monitor the formulation of public policies, social mobilization for the common good, and that connect local, national and international levels;
  • Groups, collectives, associations;
  • Organizations that are active members of networks, forums, consortiums and alliances;
  • Groups with strong participation of youth, and do leadership training;
  • Socio-environmental groups with gender equity priorities.

A Word from our Grantees

Why is CASA Socio-Environmental Fund an important and efficient form of support for the work of groups dealing with socio-environmental issues?