Environmental Justice Fund

The 2021 Environmental Justice Fund application period has closed. 

About the Environmental Justice Fund

The Environmental Justice Fund, created in 2017, is a grant opportunity to support efforts that are led by and for the people most affected by environmental and climate inequities: Black, Indigenous, People of Color, immigrants, refugees, people with low incomes, youth and elders.

Funding for projects include capacity building, ongoing strategic planning, community education, efforts that address climate preparedness, air quality, food insecurity, green jobs, and other environmental and climate justice issues. 

This year, up to $750,000 is available for grants thanks to City Council's adoption of the Equitable Communities Initiative Task Force recommendations which allocated an additional $500,000 to the Environmental Justice Fund. The Equitable Communities Initiative Task Force is a diverse group of people of color and community leaders representing a cross-section of industries, including environmental justice, who came together to spearhead the process of developing recommendations for a $30 million investment into our BIPOC communities. Projects will be awarded no less than $25,000 and no more than $75,000. Projects will begin January 2022 and must be completed by June 2023.

What We Fund

The Fund welcomes your innovative ideas and creative approaches - everything from pilot projects to existing projects.

Projects should include community-defined solutions that improve environmental and community conditions and respond to impacts of climate change. Projects can be focused on capacity building, ongoing visioning, community education, collaboration or other efforts that address climate preparedness, air quality, food insecurity, green jobs and other environmental and climate justice issues.  

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

Who We Fund

Environmental Justice Fund projects should be led by and benefit the people most affected by environmental and climate issues: communities of color, immigrants, refugees and Native people - including people with low incomes, youth and seniors.

Applicants to the Environmental Justice Fund must meet these criteria:

  • The applicant has 501(c)3 nonprofit status or has a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)3 nonprofit status. 
  • Projects must be held within Seattle city limits and primarily benefit people who live, learn, work, worship and play in Seattle. 

Past Awarded Environmental Justice Projects

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

Application Process

The 2021 application deadline has passed. Below are the guidelines and attachments that were required for future reference.

For more information, watch the 8/16 recorded information session here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRsznXaq8NY

Application Review Process

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