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Environmental Justice Fund Now Accepting Proposals

The Environmental Justice Fund is a grant opportunity for community-led projects that improve environmental conditions, respond to impacts of climate change, and get us closer to acheiving environmental justice. The application process is now open. Deadline is Friday, September 25.

OSE staff are offering technical assistance to help project leaders fine tune project ideas and submit a strong application. Additionally, OSE is offering two online information session to learn more about the application and project review process. Those sessions are Thursday, September 10 at 11 am and Monday, September 14 at 5:30 pm. RSVP for either session here.

Seattle’s Environmental Justice Committee plays a critical role in the oversight of the fund. The Committee’s goal is to deepen the influence of communities fo color in City environmental programs to ensure that the stories, experiences, and policy priorities of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color shape Seattle’s environmental work. The Committee is guided by the Equity & Environmental Agenda, a roadmap to advance race and social justice within Seattle’s environmental work.

This year $500,000 is available for projects thanks to a $250,000 match from Seattle’s Office of Planning & Community Development (OPCD). Projects will be awarded no less than $10,000 and no more than $60,000 for an 18-month period beginning January 2021. We thank our colleagues at OPCD for their contribution to the Fund with aligns with the framework of the Equitable Develoment Initiative.