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We are grateful to several organizations and individuals who have played a vital role in nurturing and supporting our work over many years. By providing financial assistance, our funding partners have and continue to ensure that our work on ecological restoration and improving the living conditions of the poor is sustained and grows in scope and spread.

We thank:


Arghyam is supporting a pilot project on Gram Panchayat`s Organization Development for Good Governance and better service delivery. The project is being implemented in Chickballapur and Kolar in Karnataka and the framework is proposed to be scaled up as an innovation project under the Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyaan (RGPSA), the Panchayat capacity building program under the 12th Five year Plan.


Axis Bank Foundation
Axis Bank Foundation (ABF) supports FES in the implementation of the project "Strengthening Livelihood of Rural Households through Natural Resource Management" that aims to improve rural livelihoods in the semi-arid areas of Rajasthan and Karnataka. The first phase (Dec 2014 - Dec 2019) aimed at improving incomes (by 50%) of 60,000 rural households spread across 1200 habitations in 12 blocks. The second phase starting from Jan 2019 is building on the experience gained from phase 1 and aims to scale up the intervention and reach additional 60,000 rural households of 5 select blocks of Rajasthan and Karnataka (of the previous 12) and improve the incomes by 50% through improved natural resource management and farm based livelihood activities and thereby contributing to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


The Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Trust (DMNCT)
The Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Trust is supporting an initiative to build an interactive web-based database and information system on the biodiversity of the Indian subcontinent, called the Indian Biodiversity Information System (IBIS). The trust also supports the Duleep Matthai Nature Conservation Fellowship Programme which supports initiatives that contribute to sustaining and enhancing India's ecological security by protecting, restoring and enriching India's forest cover, conserving endemic and endangered plant and animal species and their habitats, and restoring fragile ecosystems.


Ensemble Foundation
Ensemble Foundation is supporting our efforts towards the Assessment of the Population Status and Habitat Quality for the Conservation of the Sloth Bear in four Forests Reserves across India.


Ford Foundation
Ford Foundation is supporting an initiative of a consortium of organisations - the Rainfed Livestock Network, which aims to synthesize lessons for policy advocacy and programmatic action for livestock development in rain fed areas.


Department of Rural Development, Government of Andhra Pradesh
Department of Rural Development, Government of Andhra Pradesh is supporting FES' efforts at common land development through the CPR-NREG programme and the Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP) in the districts of Anantapur and Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh.


Government of Gujarat

  • Department of Tribal Development, Government of Gujarat
    The Department of Tribal Development, Government of Gujarat is supporting capacity building of rural youth and a convergence model for conservation of natural resources through engagement of such youths through an innovative programme called as the Jan Kalyan Mandal Programme in the tribal dominated district of Panchmahals in Gujarat.

  • District Watershed Management Units, Government of Gujarat
    District Watershed Management Units (DWMUs) of Anand and Kheda districts in Gujarat are supporting FES as a capacity building partner for training of VWC, SHG, User's groups and community members at watershed level, WDT and MDT team members in Anand and Kheda districts under IWMP. These training helps in concept clarity in different thematic areas leading to effective implementation of watershed activities at all levels from micro watershed to the district level functionaries.

Government of Rajasthan

  • Department of Rural Development, Government of Rajasthan
    Government of Rajasthan (GoR) is supporting efforts at common land development through leveraging NREGA under public -private partnership arrangements in the district of Pratapgarh, and Integrated Watershed Management Programmes in Bhilwara, Pali and Ajmer. It is also supporting Watershed Development by leveraging (MG)NREGA in Pratapgarh and Bhilwara districts under public-private partnership arrangements with ITC limited. FES is also an implementing partner for MGNREGA and the Wasteland development project in Bhilwara, Pratapgarh and Udaipur.
  • Department of Environment and Forests, Government of Rajasthan
    The Department of Environment and Forests is supporting the formation and strengthening of Village Forest Protection Management Committees, Eco Development Committees, capacity building of the communities and preparation of micro plans for development of forestlands under the Rajasthan Forestry Biodiversity Project (RFBP) in Udaipur, Pratapgarh, Chittorgarh, Rajsamand, Pali and Bhilwara districts.

Department of Rural Development, Government of Madhya Pradesh
Government of Madhya Pradesh (GoMP) is supporting Integrated Watershed Management Programmes in Ujjain and Rajgarh districts. It is also supporting Watershed Development through Integrated Micro Project in Ujjain district.


GIZ is supporting a project titled Climate Change Adaptation in Rural Areas of India in Mandla, Madhya Pradesh with the aim to contribute to improved livelihoods and adaptive capacities of vulnerable rural communities in India. The project aligns itself with Government of India's National Action Plan on Climate Change. The project focuses on integrating the issue of climate change adaptation in various sector policy decisions that reduce risk and enhance the adaptive capacity of the most vulnerable sectors and groups. Another study titled ‘Relevance of Traditional Knowledge for Adaptation to Climate Change in Madhya Pradesh´ is also being supported by GIZ.


Grow-Trees is supporting planting activities in Common lands by village communities in Chittoor - Andhra Pradesh, Mandla - Madhya Pradesh, Koraput- Odisha and Chikballapur and Kolar- Karnataka.


HCL Foundation
FES has been awarded the HCL Grant 2017 under the Environment category. The project - Informed Collaborative Action for Resilience of Ecosystems’ (iCARE) aims to improve local self-governing capacities for management of forest, land and water resources at village and inter-village level, improve vegetative cover and biodiversity and promote adoption of mobile based innovative tools and applications by rural communities and other partners for informed conservation planning. The project is expected to lead to improved capacities of multiple actors for collaborative planning, implementation and monitoring of conservation action and channelizing public funds for the same.


Hindustan Unilever Foundation
Hindustan Unilever Foundation is supporting a project titled ‘Water Commons-Influencing Practice and Policy´ to assist FES in advocating for policy and programmatic action on common property water resources and improving the supply and demand side use of water resources in Pratapgarh, Udaipur, Banswara, Bhilwara districts of Rajasthan, Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh, Yavatmal district of Maharastra, Chittoor and Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh and Chikballapur district of Karnataka.


ITC- Sunehra Kal Initiative
ITC is supporting Watershed Development Projects through the Sunehra Kal initiative in Shajapur and Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. As part of Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) between the Government of Rajasthan and ITC-RDT, FES is implementing watershed development programmes in Bhilwara and Pratapgarh in Rajasthan. ITC is also supporting cost sharing projects with IGWDP-NABARD for implementation of watershed development projects in Pratapgarh-Rajasthan.


International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), is collaborating with FES to understand the potential of experimental games to measure and strengthen collective action for managing shared natural resources in India.


National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD)
NABARD is supporting watershed development in areas spread across several locations of FES. Through the Watershed Development Fund (WDF) it supports watershed development projects in Angul and Dhenkanal - Odisha, Chikballapur and Kolar - Karnataka, Anantapur - Andhra Pradesh, Dahod and Anand - Gujarat, Pratapgarh, Pali, Chittorgarh, Banswara, Bhilwara - Rajasthan.

Through the Indo German Watershed Management Programme (IGWDP), NABARD is supporting watershed development projects in Panchamahals in Gujarat and Pratapgarh and Udaipur in Rajasthan.

Through the Tribal Development Funds (TDF) project, NABARD is supporting wadi development in Udaipur- Rajasthan, Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh.

NABARD has also nominated FES as a Resource Support Organisation for supporting the implementation of watershed development projects under the Distress Districts Project in Ananthapur and Chittoor.


Omidyar Network
Omidyar Network supports FES in scaling up its efforts in assisting village communities, secure access and ownership over common pool resources such as land, water and forests, strengthening community institutions to manage and govern natural resources, common lands and water bodies in particular, and improving the physical status of the common lands and water bodies so as to impact rural livelihoods and alleviate poverty and hunger. Under this partnership, FES aims to reach out to around 30 million people in about 50,000 habitations across the country by 2016.


Royal Bank of Scotland Foundation
The Royal Bank of Scotland Foundation is supporting a project titled 'Reconciling Biodiversity Conservation with Local Livelihoods in Kanha Pench Corridor', aimed at the conservation and restoration of forests in the weak link areas. The project supports improving community governance over natural resources and livelihoods along the corridor for faunal movement between the two important sanctuaries.


Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and the Allied Trusts (SDTT)
Sir Dorabji Tata Trust and the Allied Trusts supports our efforts towards agricultural innovation in the Mahakaushal region of Madhya Pradesh. FES is implementing the project in Mandla district.


Jamsetji Tata Trust (JTT)
The Jamsetji Tata Trust (JTT) supports a project aimed at crafting village institutions to strengthen local governance of natural resources to impact improved agriculture, animal husbandry and other related livelihoods.Titled "Decentralised Governance of Land and Water Resources in Rainfed Areas", the project is under a cost sharing arrangement with NABARD and is being implemented in Chittoor and Ananthpur - Andhra Pradesh, Kolar- Karnataka, Angul - Odisha and Bhilwara, Chittorgarh, Pratapgarh, Pali - Rajasthan. The project also supports implementation of Integrated Watershed Management Programme in Bhilwara, Pali and Ajmer districts of Rajasthan and Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Jamsetji Tata Trust also supports the project on Diversion Based Irrigation System in Koraput- Odisha and Udaipur - Rajasthan.


Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT)
Through Collectives for Integrated Livelihood Initiatives (CInI), the Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT) is supporting the implementation of a project titled 'Kharif Maize Stabilisation in Panchmahals district of Gujarat'. The project aims to ensure food security by improving productivity in small farms through improved agronomic practices.


UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP)
The UNDP-GEF Small Grants Programme is supporting our efforts towards strengthening conservation and local livelihoods in forest and tribal dominated landscapes within and around the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary in the State of Rajasthan.


University of Michigan
In collaboration with the School of Natural Resources & Environment, University of Michigan and the International Forestry Resources and Institutions (IFRI), FES has initiated a long-term study titled 'Studying Poverty and Agriculture Risks and Coping Strategies' to document climate resilient adaptation strategies adopted by communities in rain-fed areas of India.


Welthungerhilfe (WHH) is supporting a project titled 'Strengthening Decentralised Governance in Mandla' to assist community institutions to steer the development process for the community members and ensure that they realize their rights and entitlements in areas of forests, Food Security, access to commons, Mother and Child Nutrition (MCN) and Primary Education (PE) with support from a cadre of volunteers.



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