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Grants to USA Organizations in New England
States for Grassroots Environmental Sustainability

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New England Grassroots Environment Fund (Grassroots Fund)

Deadline Date:

09/15/17 - Deadline for Grow Grants Applications; Applications for Seed Grants may be submitted at any time.


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Grants ranging from $250 to $1,000 and grants ranging from $1,000 to $3,500 to Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont volunteer-driven organizations for local environmental projects. Applications will be considered for grassroots projects that promote more environmentally sustainable communities.

The Grassroots Fund interprets the word “environment” broadly and will provide funding for a wide range of activities. Whole systems-thinking is critical to initiatives focused on making the environment better, healthier and more sustainable.

Funding may be requested under the following programs:

Seed Grants:

Seed grants are geared to groups launching new projects and/or evolving the scale of an existing project. Grants are intended to support community groups who represent the most exciting energy in the environmental movement that are not being reached by traditional funders.

Apply for a Seed Grant if your group:
-Is launching a new or recently evolving community-based project;
-Expenses are for materials, outreach and/or other project expenses;
-Project costs are generally less than $10,000;
-Needs a quick decision;
-Submitted its last successful Seed application no less than 1 year ago.

Examples of Seed Grant projects:
-A community garden requesting funds for compost and materials to build raised beds in the garden;
-A local energy committee seeking support for outreach materials to launch their new campaign;
-A sustainability group applying to expand their Study Circle offerings at the local library.

Grow Grants:

Grow Grants are geared to established groups who are ready to expand the scope of their work. Grow groups often have 1+ year experience running community projects and are ready to take on (pieces of) local system strategy around their issue. Grants are intended to support community groups who represent the most exciting energy in the environmental movement that are not being reached by traditional funders.

Apply for a Grow Grant if your group:
-Needs help deepening and expanding the community project;
-Expenses include general operating, stipends, capacity building, program development, expert assistance, etc.
-Has been active for more than one year;
-Submitted its last successful Grow application no less than one year ago.

Examples of Grow Grant projects include:
-A community garden looking to initiate a food policy council and take on food security challenges in their community;
-A local energy committee planning to implement a community-wide energy plan;
-A sustainability committee establishing a time trade effort to support local resources.

The overall goals of Seed and Grow Grants are to:
-Increase civic engagement, volunteerism, emerging leaders and community initiatives that create healthy, just, safe and environmentally sustainable communities at the neighborhood and town level in New England;
-Help community leaders move single issue, backyard debates to positive, inclusive, systemic, constructive, and lasting community solutions;
-Link community-based advocacy with the work of state-wide and national organizations without losing local identity; and
-Establish and maintain informed networks of activists across the region that are committed to building a just and equitable society.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170466

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Seed Grants: $250 - $1,000
-Grow Grants: $1,000 - $3,500

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grassroots Fund Seed and Grow grants are designed for groups that:
-Are doing community-based environmental work in CT, ME, MA, NH, RI or VT;
-Are volunteer-driven or have no more than 2 full-time paid staff (or equivalents);
-Have an annual operating budget under $100,000.

Please note that Grassroots Fund does not fund statewide, regional, national or international work. The focus is on community-based, local initiatives. Grassroots funds can not be used for retroactive expenses, lobbying purposes, micro-grant programs or large capital acquisitions.

The Grassroots Fund does not fund the following projects:
-Lobbying or partisan political activities
-Acquisition of land and/or buildings
-Studies with no follow-up action
-Publication of books or reports
-Micro- or mini-grant programs

Pre-Application Information:

Seed Grants: Apply anytime (expect a decision in 4 to 6 weeks)

Grow Grants: Deadlines are March 15 and September 15 (expect decisions early June & December)

More information about Seed Grants may be found here:

More information about Grow Grants may be found here:

Watch a webinar on Grassroots Fund grant programs and how to apply here:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Start a Seed Grant Application:

Start a Grow Grant Application:

Bart Westdijk, Program Director:

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 611
Newmarket, NH 03857

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut;   Maine;   Massachusetts;   New Hampshire;   Rhode Island;   Vermont

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