What We Do

Confluence Institute supports the growth of locally led organizations building climate resilience and sustainable livelihoods that uplift rural communities. We pair funding for general operating support with capacity assistance, new connections and knowledge sharing to help partners strengthen their organizations and deepen their impact.

Priority Funding Areas

We prioritize a clear vision with demonstrated impact improving rural climate resilience and livelihoods. We value integrated approaches that empower vulnerable community members and respond to local needs. While we recognize that there are countless organizations doing valuable work, applications for grants is by invitation only.

Climate Resilience

Rural East African communities deeply reliant on agriculture and natural resources are among the least responsible for, yet most vulnerable to climate change. We support organizations that tackle this inequity and drive rural climate resilience. Our partnerships promote:

  • Community-led, sustainable agriculture that enhances food security and water resource management
  • Green energy alternatives and products, particularly for household and small business use
  • Community-driven practices that repair ecosystems and preserve biodiversity
  • Training which builds local green energy infrastructure

We support organizations that create measurable economic change for individuals and households. We are particularly interested in work at the intersection of climate resilience and livelihoods that reduces inequality. Our partnerships advance:

  • Economic empowerment for women and girls, people with disabilities and vulnerable community members
  • Smallholder farming and pastoralism that conserves natural ecosystems
  • Small business development and social entrepreneurship
  • Trade and vocational skills and training

Special Opportunities
Who We Fund
Partnering with those closest to community solutions

We fund locally led organizations in rural East Africa and the U.S. Interior West. With community knowledge, expertise in maximizing limited resources and years of demonstrated impact, they are essential drivers of sustainable change. Explore our featured partners and their impact.

Hear Their Stories

We amplify local voices leading the development of resilient rural communities. Get inspired by grassroots ingenuity!

Partner Stories
Loliondo FM Community Radio
Loliondo FM Community Radio is a non-commercial community station, established in 2013 with the objective to give a voice to pastoralist populations of Tanzania. The station covers an area comprised between the Ngorongoro district and the Serengeti National Park. It is the only radio station to broadcast from this region.
Partner Stories
The Hunger Coalition of Blaine County
The Hunger Coalition builds a healthy community through access to good food and addresses the root causes of food insecurity in collaboration with key partners.
Partner Stories
The Serengeti Preservation Foundation
The Serengeti Preservation Foundation is a locally registered NGO in Tanzania, providing avenues for conservation education and advocacy.
Partner Stories
White Clouds Preserve
White Clouds Preserve cultivates and inspires education, restoration, and community. We are a nonprofit organization fostering environmental stewardship, research and educational opportunities in central Idaho.
Partner Stories
Foundation for Community Development and Empowerment
FCDE helps grassroots partners attain organizational growth that drives community change in East Africa.