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.
- The grant application is different for different sized organizations. Small organizations and all-volunteer groups with budgets under $50,000, FALL UNDER TIER 1. Grants are available in this tier range from $1,000 to $5,000.
- Organizations with budgets no greater than $250,000, FALL UNDER TIER 2. This tier of the program will provide support from $5,000 to $10,000.
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
Projects they are not likely to fund:
- Film production Community gardens
- Individuals 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
For more information, visit http://chej.org/chej-small-grants-program/