Frontline funds: investing in grassroots-led responses to climate change

Date: Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Where: Online
People seated around a table

Women map their community in a Mumbai slum, India (Photo: copyright Slum Dwellers International)

This online event as part of London Climate Action Week on 30 June 2021 explored the role of frontline funds as effective mechanisms to build resilience for grassroots-led responses.

Climate change has a disproportionate effect on communities at the frontlines. Despite experiencing first-hand the impact of the climate and nature crises, these communities continue to be among the most overlooked as solution providers and knowledge holders. 

This online event explored how civil society-led mechanisms can deliver the solutions that are urgently needed at the local level.

Grassroots organisations have a demonstrated ability to innovate and produce solutions that work and can be replicated. Networks of organisations have produced, organised and mobilised communities and, with the right support, are well placed to champion climate change processes that can rapidly increase community resilience and reduce vulnerability. Support is growing for locally led initiatives, with more than 50 organisations now having signed up to the principles for locally led adaptation.


Anne Schulthess (, marketing manager, IIED's Communications Group