NEGEF News: May/June 2010 the early Summer issue
Spring 2010 Grants Awarded
In the largest single grant round in NEGEF's history, 156 applications were submitted and reviewed in Spring 2010. At its meeting on April 29, the grantmaking committee approved funding for 77 projects, totaling $88,180.
Capital Good Fund Becomes Finalist
Congratulations to NEGEF grantee Capital Good Fund for becoming a finalist in the Ashoka Changemakers revelation to action competition! The Capital Good Fund makes small $200 loans to Rhode Islanders with no or poor credit history to purchase and install programmable thermostats that lower their energy costs by $180 annually. Borrowers build their credit through repayments of the loan and reduce their energy consumption, thereby reducing carbon emissions.
Groundwork Green Teams Team Up
Forming the Groundwork Alliance, Green Teams of 3 Massachusetts groups have teamed up to prove that strength in numbers is not only more effective, it's also more fun! Green Teams are green job corps training programs designed for high school youth, giving youth the opportunity to contribute directly to their community while becoming environmental leaders. Here, Groundwork Lawrence and NEGEF grantees Groundwork Springfield and Groundwork Somerville teamed to up plant 13 trees at a public housing complex in Somerville.
June 19th a Big Day for Energy
If you are an activist working on local energy, be sure to make it to one of these events!
Send Us Your Stories!
The goal of NEGEF News is to share stories of grantees with the NEGEF New England network, like the story of the new Clarendon Hill Community Garden in Somerville, MA (members pictured left). Residents teamed up with Community Action Agency of Somerville, gathered 120 signatures of support from fellow tenants, and soon gained support from the Somerville Housing Authority. Now, with a start-up grant from the Boston Grants Initiative, the group is ready to start planting!
NEGEF Welcomes 2 1/2 New Board Members
NEGEF is excited to work with new Board members Jesús Genera and Rupert Friday. Rupert Friday is the Director of the Rhode Island Land Trust Council has been promoting natural resource protection, sound stewardship and sustainable land use practices for over 25 years. Jesús Gerena joined the board after completing 3 years on the Boston Grants Initiative Steering Committee as deputy director of the Hyde Square Task Force, and just recently took the position of Executive Director with the Family Independence Initiative.
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