The Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ) has a Small Grants Program for grassroots groups working on environmental health and justice issues.
Grassroots communities of color, low wealth, rural and urban groups are encouraged to apply. If you are part of a coalition, each group in the coalition may apply as well as the coalition itself.
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.
The grant application is different for different sized organizations.
- Small organizations and all-volunteer groups with budgets under $50,000, Fall Under Tier 1
- Applications downloads at the top). 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
- Applications downloads at the top). Grants are available in this tier range from $5,000 to $10,000.
- Larger organizations with budgets over $250,000, Fall Under Tier 3
- Applications downloads at the top). Grants are available in this tier range from $10,000 to $20,000.
The closer your project is to the focus of the Center for Health, Environment & Justice’s (CHEJ) program, the better chance you have to succeed in securing funding. CHEJ supports a wide range of issues; however, CHEJ has a limited amount of funds provided to support a specific focus. That doesn’t mean that your work outside the focus is less critical– IT IS NOT. If you have questions about your project and if it will meet the guidelines, please call and ask before you invest your valuable time in filling out the forms. CHEJ’ll give you an honest answer.
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.
- 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.
- If you are a grassroots group, but are not incorporated and do not have a bank account, you will need to find an organization that can accept the funds for your group. Consider such as a faith-based organization or another non-profit who will serve as your “fiscal sponsor.”
For more information, visit CHEJ.