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CHEJ Small Grants Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits Addressing
Environmental Issues for Capacity Building

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Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ)

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06/25/21 Email or postmarked


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to address issues related to environmental health and related public health risks. Funding is intended to help build the capacity and leadership of grassroots groups. Grant funds may also be requested to provide education and training. Grassroots communities of color, low wealth, rural and urban groups are encouraged to apply.

CHEJ has a Small Grants Program for grassroots groups working on environmental health and justice issues. This grant program will support projects that help groups move toward their goals by building leadership, increasing capacity, or providing training and education. A priority of CHEJ’s Small Grants Program is to help grassroots community groups to build their capacity. Our program is designed to reach people from low wealth communities and communities of color who are impacted by environmental harms.

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

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, example; the purchase of Zoom software.
  • Educational activities directly connected to your strategic plan
  • General events, done safely and honoring social distancing.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190689

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Tier 1: Grants are available in this tier range from $1,000 to $5,000.
- Tier 2: Grants are available in this tier range from $5,000 to $10,000.
- Tier 3: Grants are available in this tier range from $10,000 to $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Your project must be complete, and your final report submitted by April 18, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

The grant application is different for different-sized organizations.
- Small organizations and all-volunteer groups with budgets under $50,000 fall under Tier 1
- Organizations with budgets no greater than $250,000 fall under Tier 2.
- Larger organizations with budgets over $250,000 fall under Tier 3.

Applicants must certify that:
- The tax-exempt status of this Organization and/or the Fiscal Sponsor is still in effect,
- This Organization and/or the Fiscal Sponsor does not support or engage in any terrorist activity, and
- If a grant is awarded to this Organization and/or the Fiscal Sponsor, the proceeds of that grant will not be distributed to or used to benefit any organization or individual supporting or engaged in terrorism or used for any unlawful purpose.

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:

The small grants training call will be on Friday, June 4, 2021, from 12-1 Eastern Standard Time. Please watch for our notice to register.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are due June 25, 2021.

Contact Information:

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

Applications must be submitted to CHEJ at or you can send it by mail to CHEJ, P.O. Box 6806, Falls Church, VA 22046

If you have questions, feel free to call 614-539-1471 or send an email 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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