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New England Grassroots Environment Fund

Founded in 1996, the New England Grassroots Environment Fund (Grassroots Fund) is dedicated to co-creating healthy and sustainable communities throughout New England. With a focus on those who have often been marginalized, Grassroots Fund empowers individuals, groups and organizations working across a broad range of environmental and social justice issues. By helping them identify, select and access the specific tools, resources and connections they need to challenge existing systems, they are able to develop lasting solutions to the complex problems affecting the places they live and the health of the people who live there. We’re supporting change makers who not only experience marginalization but face systemic and structural barriers to traditional funding. Read more about our 'why': https://grassrootsfund.org/why

●       We’re fostering innovation. - We’re supporting change makers who not only experience marginalization but face systemic and structural barriers to traditional funding. We’re investing in individuals, groups and organizations working across a broad range of environmental and social justice issues that traditional funders often overlook, and encouraging them to take creative approaches to challenging existing systems.

●       We’re convening changemakers. - We’re building networks. We’re strengthening grassroots movements by making powerful, intersectional connections between a broad spectrum of individuals, groups and organizations all working toward common goals, encouraging cross-issue conversations and supporting them as they develop solutions to big problems.  

●       We’re reimagining philanthropy. - We’re tackling systemic oppression. With equity and justice at the center of our grantmaking, we’re changing the traditional funder-grantee relationship by shifting the power to the grassroots initiatives. We’re also dedicated to being hands on, committed partners in their fight to create healthy and sustainable communities. We’re supporting change makers who not only experience marginalization but face systemic and structural barriers to traditional funding.

●       We’re empowering communities. - We follow the lead of communities We look to communities to develop their own solutions to the complex issues affecting where they live as well as the health and enjoyment of the people who live there. And we listen to and help them identify and access the specific tools, resources and connections they need to make an Impact.

●       We’re amplifying voices. -  We encourage meaningful participation. We believe all community members have perspectives and experiences to offer and deserve to have their voices heard. We want all perspectives to be valued, heard and considered in decision making and are particularly focused on ensuring that the marginalized voices are heard.

Grantmaking: The Grassroots Fund provides small grants through our Seed, Grow and Young Leader programs for grassroots environmental efforts across New England. Applicants are not required to have 501c3, tax-exempt status to apply to the Fund. Explore our grantee map: https://grassrootsfund.org/about-us/grantee-map

Convenings: Our training and networking events and learning cohorts provide opportunities for (emerging) leaders to hone their organizing skills and lean in to conversations around equity and intersectionality as we aim to bring together environmental, economic and social justice changemakers.

Amplifying voices:  The Grassroots Fund uses participatory processes to catalyze deeper innovation and equity; readers of grant applications are exposed to new ideas and connections through their engagement and event planning committees help to design events that serve their communities' needs. 

The Grassroots Fund is based in Newmarket, NH with a satellite office in Burlington, VT.

To learn more about the Grassroots Fund, how to apply for a grant, attend an event visit grassrootsfund.org.  

Sign up to Participate as a grant reader or planning committee member at https://grassrootsfund.org/participate

Email at info@grassrootsfund.org or phone us at 603-905-9915.

Posted on: Thursday, January 14, 2021

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