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CHEJ Small Grants Program

Grants to USA CBOs to Address Issues Related
to Environmental Health and Social Justice

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Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ)

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Deadline Date:

07/17/20 Email or postmarked


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Grants to USA community-based organizations for programs and activities that address issues related to environmental health and social justice. Funding is intended to support projects that help groups advance their objectives, increase capacity, strengthen leadership skills, or provide training and education. The grant program is designed to reach people from low-wealth communities, rural and urban groups, and communities of color who are impacted by environmental harms. The program offers three tiers of funding (see below).

Grant activities can include:

  • Board Development: Membership outreach
  • Fundraising efforts: Meeting to develop organizing/strategic plans. Events that are part of that plan.
  • Training leaders to go door-to-door: Equipment for communications, such as the purchase of Zoom software.
  • Educational activities directly connected to your strategic plan: General events, done safely, and honoring social distancing.

The closer the project is to the focus of the Center for Health, Environment & Justice’s (CHEJ) program, the better chance an applicant has to succeed in securing funding. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190689

Estimated Size of Grant:

The three tiers of funding are as follows:

- Small organizations and all-volunteer groups with budgets under $50,000, fall under Tier 1. Grants are available in this tier range from $1,000 to $5,000.
- Organizations with budgets no greater than $250,000, fall under Tier 2. This tier of the program will provide support from $5,000 to $10,000.
- Larger organizations with budgets over $250,000, fall under Tier 3. This tier of the program will support projects with grants from $10,000 to $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be complete, and final reports submitted by April 16, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grassroots groups working on environmental health and justice issues may apply. Grassroots communities of color, low wealth, rural and urban groups are encouraged to apply. If you are part of a coalition, each group in the coalition may apply as well as the coalition itself.

CHEJ prioritizes community-based organizations aiming to have local, state, and regional impact as the core of the health and environmental justice movement. CHEJ believes that no social change on behalf of the exploited comes without strong community-based organizations.

If you are a grassroots group, but are not incorporated and do not have a bank account, you will need to find an organization that can accept the funds for your group. Consider such as a faith-based organization or another non-profit who will serve as your “fiscal sponsor.”

Not likely to be funded:
- Film production
- Community gardens
- Individuals
- National organizations
- Legal assistance
- Market campaigns
- Natural environmental protections
- Food banks
- Organization outside of the United States
- National Campaigns, (except local/statewide group-specific efforts may fit into a campaign)
- Environmental testing
- Groups with an annual budget over one million dollars
- Legislative lobbying

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Small Grants Zoom training call was held June 19, 2020, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are due by July 17, 2020. Mailed applications must be postmarked no later than the deadline date.

About CHEJ:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email application to

Or mail to:
P.O. Box 6806
Falls Church, VA 22046

Direct questions to:
Teresa Mills

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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