Texas Campaign for the Environment Fund with the help of some generous donors is now able to make mini-grants to grassroots “kitchen table” groups working on environmental issues. Through small grants to traditionally under-funded organizations and communities, we’re working with a grassroots network to fight pollution and protect public health all over Texas. We value local community involvement and organizing, creative interventions, strategic thinking, and both defensive “fight-back” and offensive solutions-focused projects. Except in unusual circumstances grants will be in the range of $500 to $2,500. You do not need to have a legal non-profit status in order to apply.
Grants should fit five basic categories:
- Projects emphasizing grassroots organizing, public education, training and capacity building that develops skills, increases awareness, and/or builds alliances.
- Projects emphasizing community-driven, strategic use of non-violent direct action that demonstrate local resistance to polluting facilities or proposals.
- Travel and other opportunities that amplify community voices in regional, national and international forums and provide access to decision makers.
- Field studies and original research used to hold companies accountable for their on-the-ground activities.
- Seed money for emerging grassroots organizations.
The Texas Grassroots Mini-Grant program does not support individual, governmental, or exclusively academic projects. Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:
- Applicant’s capacity to carry out proposed activities;
- Project need and urgency;
- A well-defined strategy, including clear objectives and planned activities;
- Scale and scope of community participation, including when applicable that the community where the project is centered and/or that will be impacted by the initiative be engaged in the decision-making process related to the activities;
- Project honors and upholds diversity and equity of participants;
- Activities would be significantly enhanced by a small grant: applicant’s annual budget (under $50,000 is prioritized).
We want to disburse these funds with a minimum of hassle and without long delays. There are no application deadlines, and grants are given out on a rolling basis. Applicants will be informed within 4 weeks if their application has been accepted or declined. Grant applications can be completed online here or downloaded here and returned via email to robin(at)texasenvironment.org or mailed to:
Texas Campaign for the Environment Fund
105 W. Riverside, Suite 120
Austin TX 78704