Deadline: February 15, 2011
The New England Grassroots Environment Fund’s small grants program provides funding to groups working on community-level issues in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. The fund interprets the word “environment” broadly and will provide funding for a wide range of activities.
The goals of the small grants program are to increase civic engagement, volunteerism, emerging leaders, and community initiatives that create healthy, just, safe, and environmentally sustainable communities at the neighborhood- and town-level in New England; help community leaders move single-issue, backyard debates to positive, inclusive, systemic, constructive, and lasting community solutions; link community-based advocacy with the work of state and national organizations without losing local identity; and establish and maintain informed networks of activists across the region that are committed to building a just and equitable society.
Small grants are intended to support community groups that are not being reached by traditional funders. Successful applicants will have: earned credibility as a grassroots organization through community work that strengthens the role of local citizens in solving environmental problems or developing sound environmental policies; identified a significant community need and developed a clear plan for translating that need into action; developed a vision of the long-range impacts of their work; and demonstrated an ability to account for the expenditure of funds.
NEGEF does not fund educational curriculum and/or in-school projects; publication of books or reports; lobbying or partisan political activities; studies with no follow-up action; acquisition of land and/or buildings; individuals; for-profits; or micro- or mini-grant programs.
2011 New England Grassroots Environment Fund Small Grants