Founded in 1996, the New England Grassroots Environment Fund, Inc. seeks to energize and nurture long-term civic engagement through local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe, and environmentally sustainable communities in any of the six New England states.
To that end, the Grassroots Fund welcomes applications for its Grow Grants program. Through the program, grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded in support of grassroots efforts and community-based environmental work in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont. Grants are intended to deepen applicants’ work by further developing a community vision, lowering barriers to participation, identifying new stakeholders, and working to bring more voices and lived experiences into core decision-making processes. Successful applicants should have some experience implementing a project in their community.
Grow Grants prioritize support for community groups that represent a broad range of voices in the community and that are not being reached by other funders. The Grassroots Fund interprets the word “environment” broadly and provides funding for a range of activities.
To be eligible, applicants must have an annual operating budget of under $100,000; be doing work in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont; and be volunteer driven (or have no more than two full-time paid staff or equivalent). Applicants need not have formal tax status or a fiscal sponsor.
See the Grassroots Fund website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.