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NEGEF receives annual gifts from private foundations, public foundations, community foundations, and individuals. Every year we raise our budget, which includes the funds we distribute through the grant program, the overhead and administration of our offices and staff, and our annual Grassroots Retreat. We are not an endowed fund.
NEGEF has two definitions of grassroots. The grassroots are the everyday people who are engaged in local level issues. For our grant program, we define grassroots as groups that have annual operating budgets of less than $100,000 with no more than two full time staff. Two-thirds of our grantee groups are all-volunteer.
NEGEF is a 501c3 public charity and like a community foundation, which is a public foundation. What makes NEGEF different is that we directly fund groups, both informal and small non-profits, that are generally too small or new to meet the guidelines of private and community foundations.
NEGEF believes these three actions are critical for sustaining long-term grassroots efforts. Grantmaking boosts groups’ morale, validates their work, and provides some much needed funds; Networking sustains efforts and helps break down “issue silos”; and Skills-Building strengthens grassroots groups and leaders.
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As part of our ongoing mission to foster grassroots growth throughout New England, NEGEF is developing a variety of web tools to better share news, events and resources. In addition, we're putting our grant program online, making it possible for groups to apply for grants and manage those applications on this site.
As a non-profit, we are especially budget conscious. In our desire to create an advanced platform within our limited budget, we have made the tough decision to only support up-to-date browsers.
You can download a Word file with NEGEF's application questions if you would like to apply for a grant.
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