Children’s Environmental Health Initiative – Jul 12

Posted by Cedar Tree Foundation on June 25, 2019

Cedar Tree Foundation Accepting Proposals for Children’s Environmental Health Initiative

The Cedar Tree Foundation’s Children’s Environmental Health Initiative supports campaigns and programs designed to reduce children’s exposures to toxic chemicals in products and in their environments. The foundation recognizes that toxic chemicals pose a threat to all people, especially children, and that the government does not do an adequate job protecting children from these hazards. Cedar Tree also recognizes that communities of color are most often and most deeply impacted by environmental threats.

In November 2017, the board of Cedar Tree awarded a first round of grants through the initiative, all with a focus on marketplace campaigns that impact children’s health. A second round of grants with the same marketplace focus was awarded in January 2018.

The foundation is now accepting inquiries for a third round of grants, which will be awarded in late fall 2019. The 2019 docket will focus on nonprofit organizations working in communities of color to protect and improve children’s health by addressing exposure to toxic chemicals in products and the environment. The foundation will put special emphasis on grants to organizations whose leadership (staff/board) and programs reflect the communities they serve, with a priority placed on organizations led by people of color.

In 2019, the foundation plans to award five to seven grants ranging between $70,000 and $100,000 a year, for three years. The foundation expects that most of the grants will take the form of project support, but it is open to proposals for general operating support grants if the applicant’s mission relates directly to children’s environmental health. The foundation is open to funding local, grassroots efforts as well as national projects.

Applicants should have strong leadership by people of color (both staff and board), an innovative children’s environmental health campaign or project that addresses exposures to toxic chemicals in products and the environment, and have a budget of between $250,000 and $10 million.

A downloaded Letters of Inquiry form is available online and should be submitted by Friday, July 12. The foundation will review submissions and invite full proposals from selected organizations in early fall, with final grant awards to be announced by the end of 2019.

(Note: If you are seeking a project support grant, Cedar Tree will look at your staff and board for leadership by people of color as a way to be sure that it is raising the voices of communities of color within this funding cycle.)

For more information, application instructions, and an FAQ, see the Cedar Tree Foundation website.

Deadline: July 12, 2019 (Letters of Inquiry)

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