Grant Opportunities

United States: Small Grants Program for Grassroots Groups

United States: Small Grants Program for Grassroots Groups

Deadline: 15-Oct-21

The Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ) is pleased to launch the Small Grants Program for grassroots groups working on environmental health and justice issues.

This grant program will support projects that help groups move toward their goals by building leadership, increasing capacity, or providing training and education. A priority of CHEJ’s Small Grants Program is to help grassroots community groups to build their capacity. The program is designed to reach people from low wealth communities and communities of color who are impacted by environmental harms.

CHEJ prioritizes community-based organizations aiming to have local, state, and regional impact as the core of the health and environmental justice movement. CHEJ believes that no social change on behalf of the exploited comes without strong community-based organizations.

Funding Information


The grant application is different for different sized organizations. Small organizations and all-volunteer groups with budgets under $ 50,000, Grants are available in this tier range from $ 1,000 to $ 5,000.
Organizations with budgets no greater than $ 250,000. Grants are available in this tier range from $ 5,000 to $ 10,000.
Larger organizations with budgets over $ 250,000. Grants are available in this tier range from $ 10,00 0 to $ 20,000.

Grant activities can include:

Board Development
Membership outreach
Fundraising efforts
Meeting to develop organizing / strategic plans. Events that are part of that plan.
Training leaders to go door-to-door
Equipment for communications, example; the purchase of Zoom software.
Educational activities directly connected to your strategic plan
General events, done safely and honoring social distancing.
Ineligible Projects

Film production
Community gardens
National organizations
Legal assistance
Market campaigns
Natural environmental protections
Food banks
Organization outside of the United States
National Campaigns, (except local / statewide group specific efforts may fit into a campaign)
They no longer can fund environmental testing
Groups with annual budget over one million dollars
Legislative Lobbying.
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