New England Grassroots Environmental Fund

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New England Grassroots Environmental Fund
New England

The New England Grassroots Environment Fund (Grassroots Fund) is a 501(c)(3) Environmental Justice funder with a mission to energize and nurture long term civic engagement in local initiatives that create and maintain healthy, just, safe and environmentally sustainable communities.

Our program work:

  • fosters innovation by directly providing grants to frontline Environmental Justice and just transition organizers and engaging in conversation around our Guiding Practices towards transformative work;
  • amplifies voices through our participatory modeling focused on Shifting Power in Decision-making;
  • convenes changemakers through a series of virtual and in-person gatherings (on-hold through COVID and re-considered as part of strategic process in 2022);
  • reimagines philanthropy through our shared decision-making ethos, including participatory grantmaking and by working to disrupt white supremacy culture across programs.

The Grassroots Fund co-creates healthy and sustainable communities throughout New England by providing individuals and groups—particularly those who have been traditionally marginalized—with access to the tools, resources and connections they need to achieve environmental and social justice. Our Guiding Practices are fundamental to our mission, functions and programs.