GNH Green Fund Small and Large Grants

Greater New Haven Green Fund

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Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $10,000

Anticipated deadline: Jan 24, 2021 2:00pm PST

Applicant type: Nonprofit

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

Location of project: New Haven County, Connecticut

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

Background

The Greater New Haven Green Fund (“the Fund”) provides grants for environmental and public health projects in the following cities: New Haven, East Haven, Hamden and Woodbridge CT.0 The Fund is governed by a Board of Directors representing both local expertise and the communities that comprise the Greater New Haven Water Pollution service area. The board has established procedures for managing these resources and for distributing grants to further the mission of the Fund.

Vision for the Greater New Haven Green Fund 

The Greater New Haven Green Fund engages and empowers citizens and organizations to help create clean, healthy and environmentally sustainable communities.

Mission of the Greater New Haven Green Fund

The Greater New Haven Green Fund promotes environmental quality, public health and equity in our community by providing grants and other incentives that contribute to a more environmentally sustainable future and reduce air, water and land pollution. 

Grant Categories

  • Major Grants: Grants of $3,000-$10,000 to established environmental and community organizations with a track record of addressing issues in priority areas.
  • Small Grants: Grants of $1000-3,000 to support community-based efforts.

This funding can be used for mission support and capacity building. Of the approximately $46,000 to be awarded this year, our goal is to award $14,000 in small grants and $32,000 in major grants. 

Environmental Conditions Addressed

The Greater New Haven area has many factors that make our air, water and soil contaminated and unhealthy for residents. We have more than our fair share of polluting facilities and high diesel traffic including power plants, a confluence of major interstates in our city's center, a train depot for converting train engines from electric to diesel, a deep water port facility to connect oil from cargo ships to a pipeline that pumps oil throughout New England as well as a sewer plant that imports sludge from around the state to incinerate in New Haven. In addition, New Haven has combined sewers (storm water and sewage are carried in the same pipe) resulting in raw sewage releases into our rivers and harbor when it rains (Combined sewer overflows, CSOs).

New Haven has a long history of being an industrial city powered by coal and heavy fuel oil. Local zoning laws have allowed our city to accumulate a high proportion of waste transfer stations and other polluting industries. As a result, we have many brownfields due to pollution from past activities, making it all the more difficult for our city to generate new business opportunities.

On top of that New Haven has already begun to experience the adverse effects of climate change. More frequent, high intensity rain events cause flash flooding. Sea level rise and storm surges threaten businesses and residents in Long Wharf, Fair Haven and the East Shore. Heat waves exacerbate poor air quality contributing to increased asthma hospitalization (highest in the state of CT), increases in respiratory illness, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, premature death, and stunted lung growth in children in our population. A few examples of community health issues with environmental origins include:

  • Asthma is an epidemic here as in many cities; how do we encourage children to play outside and for adults to be active when the air they breathe is unhealthy?
  • Residents fish in our local rivers and harbor; many are low income and depend on fish for a protein source. The fish are contaminated by exposure to water pollution and may not be safe to eat.
  • Communities working toward sustainability by growing their own food import clean soil in raised beds because our soil is so contaminated.

These are a few examples of the many problems related to environmental pollution that need to be addressed with creative solutions. Please see Issue Areas of Interest below for our specific foci.

Grant Categories

The Fund will make grants in three categories for activities that are prioritized by the Greater New Haven Green Fund Board of Directors:

  • Major Grants: Grants of $3,000-$10,000 to established environmental and community organizations with a track record of addressing issues in priority areas.
  • Small Grants: Grants of $1,000-3,000 to support community advocacy based efforts.
  • MicroGrants

Issue Areas of Interest

The Fund seeks innovative proposals from committed organizations and individuals for activities that advance our stated mission. Collaborative projects between environmental organizations and outreach organizations are encouraged.

Projects considered for funding will include, but not be limited to:

  • Organizing, advocacy, and community engagement for environmental justice including education about adverse health effects from pollution and tools to improve health outcomes
  • Climate change resilience and mitigation initiatives
  • Environmental/conservation/sustainability-oriented educational programs
  • Sustainability initiatives, including but not limited to creating better community tools for households, businesses, organizations, etc. to integrate sustainability practices into their daily routines
  • Increased public access to natural resources
  • Air and water cleanup initiatives
  • Innovative technology or processes to advance sustainability, climate resilience, and decrease pollution
  • Applied research in environmental and public health areas that addresses community issues
  • Community planning and advocacy activities contributing to healthier neighborhoods
  • Small and Micro Grants for mission support and capacity building

The Fund is interested in projects and initiatives that are grounded in an understanding of what works to address these issues – this understanding can come from the literature on successful community environmental initiatives or from a group’s own local experience and analysis. We are also interested in new ideas that you think are worth trying. In all cases, tell us clearly why you think your proposal will have an impact, what that impact will be, and how you will measure and report on it.


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

Eligibility:

  • Type of Organizations can be:
    • Community-based Grassroots Organization
    • Established Nonprofit

Preferences:

  • The GNHGF is particularly interested in small grant applications from grassroots organizations.

Ineligibility:

  • Applicants applying for a major grant will not be considered for a small grant.
  • Applications from any organization with a report due and outstanding from a previous years’ GNHGF grant will not be considered.