The New England Grassroots Environment Fund, Inc. (Grassroots Fund) seeks to energize and nurture long-term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe, and environmentally sustainable communities.
To that end, the fund is inviting applications for its Grow Grants program. Through the program, grants of up to $3,500 will be awarded in support of grassroots community-based environmental work in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont. Successful applicants often have at least one-plus year of experience running a community project and are ready to take on (pieces of) local system strategy around their issue.
The Grassroots Fund interprets the word “environment” broadly and will provide funding for a wide range of activities. Whole systems-thinking is critical to initiatives focused on making the environment better, healthier, and more sustainable.
Examples of Grow Grant projects include a community garden group looking to initiate a food policy council and take on food security challenges in its community; a local energy committee planning to implement a community-wide energy plan; and a sustainability committee establishing a time-trade effort to support local resources.
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 the equivalent).
See the Grassroots Fund website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.