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New England Grassroots Environment Fund Accepting Applications for Boston Grants Initiative

The purpose of the New England Grassroots Environment Fund (www.grassrootsfund.org) Boston Grants Initiative is to increase engagement and citizen participation on environmental health, environmental justice, and greenspace issues in greater Boston. Grant awards range from $500 to $10,000 each, and a broad range of activities will be funded. For more information on this grant competition, click on the link below, or visit the program website. Applications are due October 15, 2006.

Organizations interested in applying should contact NEGEF staff before submitting a grant proposal. This 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.

A broad range of activities will be funded. They include, but are not limited to 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.

There are three grant rounds per year. Completed applications must be postmarked by February 15 for a May decision, June 15 for a September decision, and October 15 for a January decision.

See the NEGEF Web site for program information and application procedures.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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