The foundation’s motto is “greening the grassroots since 1985”. The overall goal is to further social and environmental justice and support sustainable and just food systems, with a focus on the strategies and types of activities used rather than the specific issues the organization is addressing.
One-year grants for up to $25,000
Strategies must include the following to be considered: community & ally outreach, leadership development, constituent empowerment & decision-making, popular education, root cause analysis, power analysis, campaign development, mobilizing constituents & allies, coalition building, and direct action.
Organizations should have a budget under $500,000 and 501c3 status or an eligible fiscal agent.
The following services and organization types are not funded: Direct services to individuals, families or communities, Internationally focused programs, Organizations with annual budgets over $500,000, Discretionary or emergency requests, Schools or programs for schools, Colleges or universities, Individuals or scholarship programs, Research, litigation or legal expenses, Capital or endowment campaigns, State agencies or government programs, Businesses or business associations, Religious activities, Arts or Media programs, Other foundations or regranting organizations, Advocacy programs
They offer a range of national and vermont based grant programs including but not limited to: Grassroots Organizing for Social Change, National Movement Building, Vermont Capacity Building, Vermont Economic Justice, Vermont Community Action Teams.
Deadlines are biannual Aug. 2nd, 2018 to Oct 15th, 2018 deadline, and Feb 5th, 2018 to April 18th, 2018 deadline.