Equity & Environment Initiative


The Environmental Justice Fund is a new grant opportunity for community-led projects that improve environmental conditions, respond to impacts of climate change, and get us closer to achieving environmental justice. Communities of color and people of color-led organizations are invited to submit proposals for projects for up to $40,000. 

Projects should be led by and benefit the people most affected by these issues: communities of color, immigrants, refugees and Native people - including people with low incomes, youth, and seniors - who live, learn, work, worship, and play in the City of Seattle. Proposals are due by 4:00 pm on Monday, October 15, 2018. More information in the links below:

EJ Fund Guidelines (PDF document)
EJ Fund Application (MS Word Document)

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Equity & Environment Agenda

The Equity & Environment Agenda is a blueprint to advance racial equity in Seattle's environmental work. The Agenda lays out four key goal areas and recommended strategies in each area.
  • Healthy environments for all
  • Jobs, local economies & youth pathways
  • Equity in city environmental programs
  • Environmental narrative & community leadership


Leadership Actions

Over the course of the last year, several key "themes" kept surfacing in our conversations with priority communities. In response, the Mayor announced a series of leadership actions as part of Seattle's on-going commitment to this work.


Mainstream Ally Commitments

OSE and the Community Partners Steering Committee hosted a series of workshops with leaders of historically white-led environmental organizations to help prioritize racial justice in their work. Organizations made a series of commitments as a result of these workshops.