Children's Environmental Health Initiative

Cedar Tree Foundation

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Grant amount: US $70,000 - US $100,000

Anticipated deadline: Jul 12, 2020 8:59pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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Cedar Tree's History

The Cedar Tree Foundation is a US focused family foundation created by the late pediatrician and entrepreneur, Dr. David H. Smith in the mid-1990s. Dr. Smith believed in the power of individuals and organizations to make significant changes in the world and Cedar Tree’s grantmaking continues to reflect that belief. The Cedar Tree Foundation supports change through two programs: The David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program and The Cedar Tree Foundation Grant Program. 

Grant Program Description and Goals

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 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 the Cedar Tree Foundation awarded the first round of grants in this 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 Cedar Tree Foundation is now accepting inquiries for a third round of grants in the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative, which will be awarded in late Fall 2019. The 2019 docket will focus on non-profit organizations working in communities of color to protect and improve children’s health by addressing exposures to toxic chemicals in products and the environment. The Cedar Tree Foundation will place special emphasis in this docket on awarding 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.

Grant Size & Scope

The Cedar Tree Foundation plans to award 5-7 grants in 2019. Each grant will likely be within the $70,000 - 100,000 per year range, for 3 years.

We expect the majority of these grants to be project support grants for organizations who work on children’s environmental health as one of a wider range of issues, but we are open to general support grants if your organizational mission relates directly to children’s environmental health. We are open to funding local, grassroots efforts as well as national projects.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • All of Cedar Tree funds must be used to support work within the United States.
  • If you are an organization with strong leadership by people of color (in staff and board) working on an innovative children’s environmental health campaign or project addressing exposures to toxic chemicals in products and the environment, please fill out the Letter Of Inquiry Form.
  • Please note, if you are seeking a project support grant, Cedar Tree will still look at your staff and board for leadership by people of color as a way to be sure that we are raising the voices of communities of color within this docket.
  • Organization budget restriction: organizations applying for Cedar Tree’s 2019 Children’s Environmental Health Initiative must have an organizational budget between $250,000 and $10 million.  
    • If your organization has a budget greater than $10 million, we will ask you NOT to apply for this round of grants, even if you have a smaller sized program budget. Cedar Tree is specifically looking to support organizations with more modest budgets to build diverse sources of power and voice in the environmental health movement.   
    • Please note, if you considered your organization a good fit for this grant program and would have filled out a Letter of Inquiry but for the budget restriction we would appreciate it if you would email dana(at) with your org name, contact info and budget issue (i.e., too small or too big) so that we can at a minimum learn more about your project.
  • The Cedar Tree Foundation only funds registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations for work in the United States.