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New England Grassroots Environment Fund Offers Support for Boston Projects

Just saw this one in the Foundation Center’s RFP Bulletin and thought some of you in and around Boston might be interested or know others who are…

The purpose of the New England Grassroots Environment Fund‘s Boston Grants Initiative is to increase engagement and citizen participation in environmental health, environmental justice, and greenspace issues in the greater Boston area. The initiative’s priority objectives are solving environmental problems and fostering stewardship, increasing community involvement, and building networks among Boston citizens. To meet these objectives, the initiative interprets the word “environment” broadly and will support a wide range of activities.

Organizations interested in applying should contact NEGEF staff before submitting a grant proposal. The program is designed for groups or projects not likely to initially receive funding from larger foundations. Applicants must be working at a grassroots level on environmental health, environmental justice, and green-space initiatives in Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, or Somerville, and must demonstrate a significant element of volunteer involvement in their programs.

Incorporated organizations with or without established 501(c)(3) status and unincorporated ad hoc groups may apply. Individuals are not eligible to apply.

Grant awards range from $500 to $10,000 each. A broad range of activities will be funded, including general operating support, communication needs, technology equipment and systems, technical experts, capacity building, advocacy campaigns, institutional support, training workshops, meeting registration and travel costs, and activities that enhance partnerships in the region.

Visit the fund’s Web site for complete funding program information. The deadline to apply is January 15, 2009.

RFP Link: http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/pnd/15015943/grassrootsfund

For additional RFPs in Environment, visit http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/cat_environment.jhtml

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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