Insights from the Grassroots Fund Grant Rounds - Fall 2021

"Grassroots Fund Data Round Up Fall 2021 Grant Round" The Grassroots Fund is both a funder and a learning community that is centered around Environmental Justice. We believe that in order to seek Environmental Justice, we must invest in the power of grassroots organizers who are directly shifting resources into their communities, addressing the effects of systemic inequalities, and developing strategies to create just and safe communities. 

As a funder, we also acknowledge that the dominant structures and practices in the philanthropic sector tend to underfund community-led and community-driven work and organizers and organizations from communities of color. But we know that in order for the Environmental Justice movement to continue to grow and strengthen, as an environmental funder, we must learn alongside grassroots organizers in order to better understand and co-create what strategies, practices, and values are necessary.

Part of that work includes better understanding the groups that are receiving funding and those who are helping to decide on funding through the collection of demographic information. 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 Fall 2021 Grow and Young Leaders Grant round. Listed below are some highlights with the full graphs below.

  • 56% of Young Leaders Grants and 41% of Grow Grants went to groups with Black, Indigenous, or People of Color in leadership.
  • 49% of Young Leaders Grants and 55% of Grow Grants went to groups with folks who identify as a woman in leadership.
  • 39% of Young Leaders Grants and 49% of Grow Grants went to ad-hoc groups without a 501c3 designation.
  • 39% of Community Grant Readers were under the age of 36 and 22% identified as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color.

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Fall 2021 Grow and Young Leaders Grant Round by the Numbers


Young Leaders Fall 2021

Grow Fall 2021

# of Applications Submitted



# of Applications Funded



# of Community Grant Readers



# of Grantmaking Committee Members



Total Amount Requested



Total Amount Funded



Grow Grant Demographic Data

Young Leaders Grant Demographic Data

Community Grant Reader Demographic Data

Grantmaking Committee Demographic Data

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Primary issue area:

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