Grantmaking

The Accountability Accelerator is currently funding early-stage projects and organizations that contribute to building an accountability architecture across the four clusters with significant grant making through a regional lens across Africa, South America and Southeast Asia.

We support the development of a robust accountability ecosystem for corporate action on nature by making small to mid-sized grants (~USD 50,000-100,000) to specific projects that fit with our areas of work: Data & Standards, Finance, Legal, and Campaigns. We specifically focus on closing gaps in the accountability landscape and on projects that are early-stage and require higher-risk seed funding that might be deemed too risky by larger funders.

We work with applicants to co-develop proposals and accept proposals on a rolling basis. We pride ourselves in our ability to be reactive and nimble to catch and support urgent and time-sensitive projects, including lesser-known or early-stage ideas and organizations, with a keen attention to local organizations at the front-line of where devastation of nature is happening.

Across our clusters, we support projects which align with the following elements of the accountability ecosystem:

  • Frameworks and tools, including standards, frameworks and targets based on credible data to enable business and financial institution commitment, disclosure, planning and action.
  • Incentives and capacity building for companies to act by enabling service providers,  NGOs & business networks share knowledge, guidance & tools for business & FIs to identify, address and act on the harm to nature.
  • Assurance and pressures, including third party validation of science based targets for natures, verification of transition planning and progress, and enabling a broad set of stakeholders advocate for action while driving corporate accountability
  • Policy and regulation through influencing governments and regulators to embed nature and society into policies, finance rules, and legal framework & create economic incentives for business and FIs to act.
  • Community mobilization by which citizens are mobilized, IPLC rights are recognized and people everywhere are supported in their efforts to hold corporations accountable, especially their supply chains and impacts on the ground.

Finally, the Accountability Accelerator recognises and supports the rights and leadership roles of Indigenous Peoples and local communities as stewards of nature and the vast majority of the world’s biodiversity regions. We endeavor to have at least half our grants going to regional and local organizations, where the impacts of global agricultural, manufacturing, and commodity supply chains are most deeply felt on the ground.

 

 

Grant Criteria

The Accountability Accelerator evaluates grant applications based on a range of criteria. These include the following:

  • The proposal is aligned with the priorities of the Accountability Accelerator and benefits from the Accelerator’s networks and other resources.
  • The project contributes to systems change in accountability through scalable or replicable models.
  • The proposal addresses a gap in the corporate accountability work and is complementary / partners with other initiatives.
  • There is a demonstrated urgency of funding needs and ability to secure other funds elsewhere if we kick-start it.
  • Is this a project that specifically needs Accountability Accelerator support, noting a preference for true start-up projects?
  • How will the organization capture and share learnings?

 

 

Grant Process

  • Ideation/discussion. This begins with conversations with our Cluster Leads, to land on an impactful project where our funds can help accelerate an innovative accountability project.
  • Proposal Submission. Once the project’s concept is agreed, the organization will be invited to submit a proposal following our standard proposal template and online submission tool.
  • Internal Review and Recommendation. The team will review the proposal and provide feedback. Adjustments to the proposal may be needed after which the team will prepare and present an internal review to support the project.
  • Impact Advisory Council’s review and approval. The proposal will be submitted to the Accountability Accelerator’s Advisory Council for review and approval.
  • Due Diligence. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, as the Fiscal Agent for the Accountability Accelerator, will conduct due-diligence on the organization.
  • Disbursement. Once approved, RPA will coordinate the grant disbursement.

 

Grantees

The Accelerator has been making grants to Accountability stakeholders since 2022, with more than 35 grants spread across more than 15 countries. Below you will find descriptions of the projects we have supported, as well as information about the clusters, geographies and timelines.

 

 

 

 

Our Grants