Environmental Justice Grants

Shumaker Family Foundation

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Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $40,000

Next deadline: Feb 15, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Mar 15, 2020 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



The Shumaker Family Foundation supports endeavors in education, social justice, and environmental justice, and through these aims to create a more compassionate world where each person has opportunity to fully reach his or her potential.

Environmental Justice Program

Environmental grants go to organizations that seek to enrich our natural environment, lessen global warming, improve animal welfare, and/or educate human beings to work toward these purposes.

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


  • We only fund Environmental Justice projects of organizations based in the United States and with national, or local scope.
  • We fund only organizations with a 501(c)3, organizations with a nonprofit fiscal agent, and some school systems.
    • We support programs and organizations that promote peace and justice and demonstrate respect and appreciation for human diversity in all its forms, such as race, culture, religion, gender, ability, sexual orientation, and social class.


  • We prefer:
    • innovative projects led by people and organizations with a history of successful innovation;
    • projects that connect 2 or more of our funding areas; and
    • projects that can demonstrate significant outcomes within 3 years.


  • Generally we do not fund start-up organizations, nor do we provide the majority of funding for an organization, program or project.
  • We doe not fund: 
    • Individuals
    • Organizations that are not registered not-for-profits or their equivalents
    • Projects of any organization that participates in activities harmful to the environment
    • Projects of any organization that participates in activities that promote violence
    • Organizations or programs that discriminate on the basis of race, culture, religion, gender, ability, sexual orientation, or social class
    • Organizations that promote a particular religion
    • Organizations that seek to convert people from one religion to another
    • Organizations that make any particular religious observance a condition of receiving food, shelter, or other resources
    • Annual campaigns
    • Special events
    • Organizations based outside the United States.