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Southeast Asia

Goal: We support balanced approaches to community resource rights and natural resource management.

The Southeast Asia program funds intermediaries, programs, and projects to fuel effective change work in the lower Mekong region of Southeast Asia (Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam). We also engage with local, national, and global collaborations to leverage knowledge, practices, and policies that influence the way communities are supported to have a stronger voice and more decisionmaking power.

The program provides approximately $2 million in grants annually, and has invested more than $36 million in the region since the program’s inception nearly three decades ago.

Please note: After 35 years of funding, the McKnight Foundation has decided to phase out our work in Southeast Asia by the year 2021. This means we are not accepting any new proposals for funding. After a thorough assessment of the program as well as upcoming foundation-wide opportunities and priorities, the board concluded it would be best to streamline its international work.  We deeply honor the long-standing relationships we’ve built in the community and appreciate all our grantees have accomplished to support sustainable livelihoods and protect natural resource rights.

Southeast Asia

2019 Grantmaking at a Glance



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