Deadline: May 22, 2013
The Funders Network Local Sustainability Matching Fund is now accepting applications for Round Three of their program. The goal of the fund is to encourage partnerships between local government sustainability directors and local, place-based foundations. Each partnership selected will receive an investment between $25,000 and $75,000, as long as the requirement of a 1:1 match by at least one local foundation is met.
The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) joined together to launch a Local Sustainability Matching Fund. The fund provides matching investments from national foundations on a competitive basis to build partnerships between sustainability directors and local place-based foundations to advance discrete sustainability initiatives that demonstrate broad-based community support and engagement. Round three is now open.
Now a project of the Funders’ Network, the fund is supported by the JPB Foundation, the Kendeda Fund, New York Community Trust, Summit Foundation, and Surdna Foundation.
The purpose of the Matching Fund is to catalyze partnerships between local government (city or county) sustainability directors and local, place-based foundations to advance important community-based sustainability initiatives. The Matching Fund is intended both to support significant urban sustainability projects and to build bridges between public sector sustainability leaders and local foundations.
The Fund will provide matching investments from national foundations on a competitive basis to build partnerships between sustainability directors and local place0based foundations to advance discrete sustainability initiatives that demonstrate broad-based community support and engagement. In Rounds 1 and 2, 11 applications were funded; for more information on the awardees, please visit www.fundersnetwork.org.
To attract additional interest in urban sustainability projects beyond those funded through the Matching Fund, the Funders’ Network has created an “idea bank” providing summaries of project applications on its website (www.fundersnetwork.org).