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. The 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 our environment better, healthier and more sustainable.
Group Eligibility Criteria:
- is doing community-based environmental work in CT, ME, MA, NH, RI or VT;
- is volunteer-driven or has no more than 2 full-time paid staff (or equivalents);
- has an annual operating budget under $100,000
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.
The overall goals of the Seed grant program 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.
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