Insights from Spring 2023 Grow Grant Round

As a funder and a learning community centered around Environmental Justice, the Grassroots Fund understands that dominant structures and practices in the philanthropic sector consistently underfund community-led and community-driven work as well as organizers and organizations from communities of color.

Part of that work includes better understanding the impacts of the Grassroots Fund grant rounds through the collection of demographic information of groups that are receiving funding and the community members who are helping to decide on funding. This information helps us and our partners to make the necessary changes to better meet the needs of the communities we work with. With a commitment to transparency and accountability, we are sharing some insights gleaned from this past Spring 2023 Grow Grant round. Listed below are some highlights with the full graphs below.

  • 27%  of Grow Grants went to groups with Black, Indigenous, or People of Color in leadership.
  • 36% of  Grow Grants went to ad-hoc groups without a formal, 501c3 nonprofit designation.
  • 67% of Grantmaking Committee Members identify as Black, African American, Indigenous, or People of Color. 

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# of Applications Submitted124
# of Applications Funded106
Total Amount Requested$460,483
Total Amount Funded$350,853
# of Community Grant Readers71
# of Grantmaking Committee Members12

Primary issue area:

  • Climate Change & Energy
  • Food
  • Environmental Health
  • Land & Water
  • Living Economies