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Across the United States, race is the most significant predictor of a person living near contaminated air, water, or soil. It is for this reason that the Environmental Justice Fund was created in 2017 to support efforts that benefit and are led by, or in partnership with, those most affected by environmental and climate inequities: Black, Indigenous, People of Color, immigrants, refugees, people with low incomes, youth, and elders.

In 2022, $750,000 in funding is available for community-led projects. Projects will be awarded no less than $25,000 and no more than $75,000. Projects will begin January 2023 and must be completed by June 2024.

What We Fund

We fund a range of community efforts that respond to impacts of climate change and get us closer to achieving environmental justice. Projects can focus on, but are not limited to, arts and storytelling, community education, organizational or community capacity building, climate change preparedness, skills building and trainings related to green jobs, and community planning or visioning.

Eligible projects/programs must:

  • Occur within Seattle city limits.
  • Benefit people who live, learn, work, worship and play in Seattle.
  • Be led by or in partnership with those most affected by environmental and climate inequities (as defined above)
  • Focus on advancing climate and/or environmental justice
  • *For past grantees* be different than previously funded project

For examples of eligible projects, please see the Examples of Eligible Projects

Who We Fund

We welcome proposals from the following:

  • Organizations that have 501(c)3 nonprofit status
  • Community groups that have a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)3 nonprofit status
  • Organizations or community groups whose work is led by or in partnership with Black, Indigenous and People of Color, immigrants, refugees, people with low incomes, youth, and/or elders and who have an understanding of their community’s environmental justice issues.

If you need a fiscal sponsor but do not have one, please contact us at as soon as possible and no later than August 26.

Virtual Information Sessions & Assistance

Watch the virtual information session recording to learn more about the Fund, the review process, and qualities of a strong proposal.

Technical assistance

If you have questions about the Environmental Justice Fund, the application, or want to discuss a project idea we encourage you to:

A team member will respond within 24-48 hours.

How to Apply

Written Proposal:

Proposals must be submitted online by 4pm on Friday, September 16.

Virtual Oral Presentation:

Applicants who submit eligible proposals must participate in a 30-minute oral presentation to move forward in the application process. During the oral presentations, applicants will expand on the Community Connection & Community Benefits of their proposal and must answer the following questions:

  1. Who is the community this project or program would serve and why is this project or program important to them?
  2. How will your community benefit from your project or program?
  3. How do your community members inform and/or play a leadership role in your proposed project or program?

If you submit an eligible proposal, you will be contacted by Sept. 30 to schedule your oral presentation.

Application Materials

Application Review Process

The Grantmaking Committee, made up of Environmental Justice Committee and community members, will review proposals for project purpose and clarity, community benefits, feasibility, and budget. A strong proposal will include all the characteristics described in the Evaluation Criteria section of the guidelines. 

Past Awarded Environmental Justice Projects

2018 awarded organizations and projects
2019 awarded organizations and projects
2020 awarded organizations and projects
2021 awarded organizations and projects 

Sustainability and Environment

Jessyn Farrell, Director
Address: 700 5th Avenue, #1868, Seattle, WA, 98104
Mailing Address: PO Box 94729, Seattle, WA, 98124-4729
Phone: (206) 256-5158

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