Ejido Grant Program

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Supporting people and nature on ejidos in northern Mexico

In 2022, the Biophilia Foundation launched a new grant program to support sustainability on ejidos, communally-owned lands, in northern Mexico. Small grants of $5,000 to $10,000 support innovative projects that improve conditions for both people and nature. 

Interested in applying?

Our 2024 request for proposals describes eligibility and provides instructions for applying.


2022 awards

Colectivo Sonora Silvestre, a program of the Center for Science and Culture in Sonora, developed an innovative enterprise to empower rural women to make handcrafted housewares utilizing byproducts from the production of bacanora, an agave distillate. This project provides sustainable income on an ejido, where it provides benefits to both people and nature.

La Tierra del Jaguar is providing technical assistance for ejidatarios to implement agroforestry projects on their land, conduct educational workshops, cultivate a demonstration site, and employ community members in the fields of regenerative agriculture and landscape restoration. The grant complements funding from the Mexican government’s Sembrando Vida program.

Terra Habitus developed a series of educational seminars on regenerative ranching for members of local ejidos in Nuevo León. The program, Seminarios Rancheros, included monthly seminars on topics such as grassland management, prescribed burning, and co-existing with native wildlife. Other contributors to Seminarios Ranchers included Universidad Autónoma Agraria Antonio Narro (UAAAN), Pronatura Noreste A.C., Profauna A.C., and the Coahuila Environmental Ministry. 

The Biophilia Foundation also awarded a research contract to conduct a social network analysis and design a reality-based ‘serious game’ to facilitate community dialogue on indigenous water rights and ecological flow in the Mayo Batwe.

The Biophilia Foundation advances biodiversity conservation on private lands by fostering systemic change through people, their communities, and direct action.