Eileen Fisher’s Grant Program to Support Women in Environmental Justice- United States

Deadline: 14 June 2019

The Eileen Fisher is seeking proposals to support women in environmental justice in United States.

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They believe that a future with inclusive, equitable and sustainable systems for all people depends on deepening the connection between women’s rights and environmental justice. After extensive research, they have designed a grant program to address the fact that, globally, women and girls are the most vulnerable to climate change and hold the firsthand experience to solve it.

Linking these two issues not only feels like a natural next step for their company, it is essential to accelerate progress towards improving the status and rights of women and the health of our planet.

Key Points

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Applicants must align with one or more of these key points:

  • Increasing women’s participation in decision-making. Nonprofits and applicable programs are not required to have an explicit environmental focus, but they must be able to demonstrate how their program creates positive environmental outcomes.
  • Training women and girls in climate change adaptation, mitigation and advocacy. Nonprofits and applicable programs must provide women and girls with knowledge, tools and access to contribute to climate change resiliency and/or advocate for improved climate change policies.
  • Engaging women in the sustainable economy. Nonprofits and applicable programs must create opportunities for women to pursue livelihoods that elevate them as leaders in environmental solutions while improving their well-being and that of the planet.

Funding Information

They will award $200,000 annually in amounts ranging from $5,000 to $30,000.

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Eligibility Criteria

Organizations must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply:

  • Be an IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization*
  • Provide direct services
  • Address one or more of the above key points
  • Program’s mission focuses primarily on individuals who identify as female
  • Executive leadership reflects the demographics of the program’s beneficiaries
  • Program has been generated by and/or co-designed with the communities it serves
  • Able to provide financial statements for one full year of operations
  • Able to complete an application and participate in an interview in English

*While organizations must be IRS-recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofits, there is no geographic restriction on the programs for which they are applying.

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Additionally, the following are not eligible to apply for a grant:

  • Organizations that promote the views of a specific political party or religion
  • Organizations without executive leaders who identify as female
  • Organizations that do not involve beneficiaries in program design and operations
  • Organizations whose primary purpose is grant-making
  • Event sponsorships
  • Capital campaigns

They are funding action-oriented research through direct services organizations. Academic research and individual projects independent of a direct services partner are not eligible.

Selection criteria

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Applications from eligible organizations will be reviewed using the following selection criteria:

  • Alignment with EILEEN FISHER mission and values
  • Clear need for and use of funds
  • Potential for impact with clearly defined metrics of success
  • Demonstrated understanding of intersectionality of issue areas and the overlapping forms of discrimination experienced by women
  • Solving for root causes of environmental and/or gender injustice
  • Engagement of all genders as allies
  • Innovation in model or approach

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply via given website.

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For more information, please visit https://www.eileenfisher.com/grants/environmental-justice-grant/

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