RFP: Grassroots Organizing for a Clean Energy, Forest Positive, Socially Just Future

Opportunity Type: Funding

The Packard Foundation’s Bioenergy strategy is issuing a request for project proposals from grassroots organizations that have programs focused on one of the following topic areas:

  • Forest protection and community land rights
  • Frontline community organizing and power-building around social, environment, or climate justice
  • Combating extractive energy industries (i.e. oil, gas, bioenergy)

Grants are intended to support small, grassroots organizations with annual budgets of $450,000 or less. Four finalists will receive up to $100,000 over two years and will be eligible for additional non-monetary support from the foundation’s Organizational Effectiveness team.

The Bioenergy team recognizes that organizations led by or explicitly serving communities of color receive only a tiny fraction of philanthropic funds in the U.S. This holds true in the environmental field, even though people of color care deeply about environmental and climate issues and are often on the frontlines of unhealthy extractive industry, environmental degradation, and climate catastrophe. Similar trends are seen in hyper rural communities. All types of organizations (public, private, nonprofit) are invited to submit an expression of interest. Organizations must be headquartered in Alberta or British Columbia, Canada or Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, or South Carolina, and should be deeply rooted in a specific community. Organizations led by Black and Indigenous people, and other people of color, as well as organizations located in geographically remote locations, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Expressions of Interest are due March 8, 2021. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by April 15, 2021.