Global Greengrants Fund / UK & Europe


Our Mission

To mobilize resources for communities worldwide to protect our shared planet and work toward a more equitable world.

Global Greengrants Fund / UK & Europe (charity number 1151527) was established in 2013 to give people in the United Kingdom and Europe the opportunity to invest in grassroots environmental action on a global scale.

What We Do

Global Greengrants Fund / UK & Europe believes solutions to environmental harm and social injustice come from people whose lives are most impacted. Every day, our global network of people on the frontlines and donors comes together to support communities to protect their ways of life and our planet.

Because when local people have a say in the health of their food, water, and resources, they are forces for change.

With your support, we partner with local activists to identify the most pressing problems and promising grassroots actions, primarily in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Pacific Islands, and Central Asia. Then we make small grants (average size £4.000) to local leaders making a difference in their communities.


Promoting Ecotourism in Armenia

Armenia is home to some of the most pristine remaining forest areas of Eastern Europe. Armenia’s second largest forest reserve, the Shikahogh Reserve, is rich with diverse landscapes, flora and fauna. It is also under threat from mining of copper, molybdenum, and other metals. Though land in the region is highly productive for growing fruits and vegetables, rural populations have been lured to leave their land and seek employment in the mines. With support from Global Greengrants Fund UK, a local organisation called ARK Ecological NGO will promote the region as a unique destination for ecotourism and permaculture, creating a sustainable economic opportunity for local communities and prioritising environmental preservation. Funds will help establish a Tourist Information Centre in Kapan, provide 25 members of the village community with training to sell their goods and establish social media pages for these businesses, train 25 local farmers in permaculture practices with two-day trainings and three-day practical workshops in small groups, and establish contacts with at least ten existing ecotourism projects.

Get Involved

Your gift to Global Greengrants Fund / UK & Europe helps local leaders around the world create lasting, sustainable change for our planet and its people. Thank you!

Donate online here

Please make your cheque payable to Global Greengrants Fund / UK & Europe and post it, and a signed Gift Aid Declaration form if eligible, to the address below. For every £1 donation, the UK government will contribute 25p. So taking just a few more seconds to fill out and post the Gift Aid declaration form will increase the value of your gift by 25 per cent!

Anyone with a charity account with CAF, Charity Bank, or a similar institution can give online from their account, or by sending a voucher or cheque to:

Global Greengrants Fund / UK & Europe (charity number 1151527)
Development House, 56-64 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4LT United Kingdom
Direct: 0044 (0)20 70650927

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Global Greengrants Fund / UK & Europe Trustees

Stephen Pittam, Chair, was the Trust Secretary of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust (a progressive UK based endowed foundation) from 2001-2012. He joined JRCT in 1986 and during his progression to the senior position was responsible for the foundation’s programmes on racial justice, democracy, human rights and corporate accountability in the UK, and on peacebuilding in Ireland.  Stephen is a member of the working group on Philanthropy for Social Justice & Peace and he serves on the board of the Global Fund for Community Foundations.   In the UK he is a Trustee of the British Institute of Human Rights and the Polden Puckham Charitable Foundation, and he sits on the steering committee of the Environmental Funders Network.  Locally, Stephen chairs the York Travellers’ Trust (working with Gypsies & Travellers) and the York Human Rights City Network and he is on the advisory committee of the Centre for Applied Human Rights at York University.
China Brotsky, Vice Chair, is the Director of Operations and Finance at SumOfUS, a global corporate accountability campaign organization. China spent over 20 years at Tides as CFO, Senior Vice-President, and Managing Director. She is a serial entrepreneur and founded online donation provider (now Network for Good), the Thoreau Centers for Sustainability in NY and SF and a bi-national peer-learning network, The Nonprofit Centers Network. China has a deep personal commitment to environmental and social justice, as well as corporate accountability. She also uses her skills in finance and operations on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Northern California.
Shannon Lawder is Program Director of the Civil Society program at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. She oversees Mott’s Civil Society program, with an annual budget of more than $18 million, and offices in the United States, London, and Johannesburg. Since joining the foundation in 1995, Shannon has served as a program officer, focusing on Russia and Ukraine, and as the Regional Director for the foundation’s work in CEE/Russia. Prior to joining the Mott Foundation, Shannon was International Program Director at the Olga Havel Foundation in Prague, Czech Republic, where she coordinated international assistance programs to help people with disabilities and chronic illnesses in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Catherine Porter is a consultant who works primarily with philanthropic foundations, tapping over 20 years of experience in funder and nonprofit collaboration. She is the Executive Director of the West Marin Fund, a new community foundation in California, and has worked with the California Academy of Sciences, Carpe Diem West’s western water collaborative work, and the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity’s Water Funders Exploring Collaboration. A graduate in Cross-Cultural Relations from Michigan State University, Catherine was Executive Director of the U.S. Citizens Network for the first Earth Summit in Rio in 1992. She currently sits on the boards of the Jenifer Altman Foundation, the Maximo Kalaw Institute in the Philippines, and Unreasonable Women for the Earth. Every year, Catherine travels to India, where for the past 25 years, she’s been Executive Director of Friends of the Ganges/U.S., working to clean the Ganges River in Varanasi, the holy city for Hindus.
Carolyn Hayman OBE has focused throughout her career on innovation, start-ups and nurturing talent of entrepreneurs. At 26 she left the Ministry of Overseas Development to become the youngest member of the Cabinet Office Think Tank. She then took her knowledge of the emerging field of office automation into consultancy and venture capital as co-founder of the Korda Seed Capital Fund, and Chair of two investee companies. In 1996 she served as CEO of the Foyer Federation, growing its network of projects for homeless young people from 40 to 130 over eight years, and then in 2004 as co-founder and CEO of Peace Direct, where she supported locally led peacebuilding, finding funding and promoting local initiatives in conflict areas. She is now Chair of Preventable Surprises, an organisation working to persuade institutional investors to take action on climate change. She is also a Director of the Network for Social Change, a Trustee of the Margaret Hayman Charitable Trust and an active Quaker.

Global Greengrants Fund / UK & Europe Staff


Eva Rehse

Eva Rehse is the Director of Global Greengrants Fund / UK & Europe, based in London. With a background in human rights, civil society development and social action, Eva brings over a decade of experience in project management and resource mobilisation. Most recently Eva worked for Amnesty International in its global headquarters as International Projects Advisor. Previously as Project Manager of the CIVICUS World Assemblies and the CIVICUS Intelligent Funder project in Scotland and Canada, Eva worked with global civil society organisations from the grassroots level to large international NGOs and foundations. Eva developed her interest and passion for environmental protection as Administrator of the Scottish Biodiversity Forum where she was part of creating Scotland’s first biodiversity strategy. A German national, Eva has a Master’s from Bonn University in Political Science and Sociology. Eva is a member of the European Steering Group of the EDGE Funders Alliance and the Alliance Magazine Editorial Advisory Board, and an alumni of the Oak Foundation and Resource Alliance’s Future Leaders Programme.

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Henriette Krarup joins Global Greengrants Fund UK as Partnership Development Associate. Henriette is a Danish national, who has worked in a number of development roles in the UK, particularly in the arts sector, and most recently for The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust focusing on avoidable blindness and youth leadership. Henriette is currently halfway through an MSc in International Development, and spends most of her free time running after of her two young sons.


Mathew van Lierop is a contractor, working with Global Greengrants UK as the Finance Director. Mathew spent the first 30 years of his life in South Africa where he completed his university education including two Masters Degrees (Msc) in Conservation Biology and Applied Ethics (MA). Now based in London, Mathew has spent his working career in Finance and Operational roles in a variety of different charities located in both the Global North and South and has a keen interest in engaging with grass roots organisations in a constructive and sustainable way. His role within Global Greengrants is to support the development of the London office where he is the Finance Director as well as the Company Secretary.  Mathew lives near the wonderful green space of Hampstead Heath, has 3 children, a ceramics studio in his garage and maintains his sanity with regular yoga practice.