Harris & Frances Block Foundation Grant

Harris and Frances Block Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $25,000

Next anticipated deadline: Jun 1, 2020 (Full proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Dec 1, 2020 (Full proposal)

Fields of work: Climate Change Resilience Environmental Education Outdoor Recreation Forestry Nutrition & Healthy Eating Agricultural Education Economic Rights & Justice Health Care Access & Delivery Reproductive Rights Refugee Services Immigration & Refugee Rights Immigrant Services Food Access & Hunger Environmental Justice & Advocacy Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Preferred: Colorado, North Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia Other eligible locations: United States

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



The Block Foundation is a small family foundation established in 2001 to honor the memories of Harris & Frances Block and their daughter Carol Block Maurer. The foundation prioritizes the following areas:

Human Rights

  • Issues pertaining to immigrants and refugees 
  • Reproductive rights, especially:
    • Access to birth control
    • Reducing unplanned pregnancies
    • Access to abortion
  • Secondary priority will be given to:
    • Access to health care
    • Livable wage campaigns

Environmental Protection & Justice:

  • Local, grassroots organizing regarding climate change
  • Environmental education opportunities, especially for children
  • Efforts to work with underserved communities being disproportionately affected by environmental issues, such as the impacts of pipelines, flooding, and coal ash, that address root causes
  • Protection of the forest ecosystem, specifically:
    • Responsible outdoor recreation, and,
    • Responsible harvesting and use of forest ecosystems

Food Access, With A Special Focus In Appalachia And Colorado:

  • Nutrition and cooking education
  • Farm to School programs, connecting public schools to local agriculture
  • Gleaning
  • Farming education for children and youth

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


  • The Block Foundation supports small grassroots not-for-profit organizations with grants that work to foster just and sustainable communities.


  • Highest priority is given to projects in the geographical locations of the trustees:
    • Vermont,
    • North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and
    • Colorado


  • Funds will not be provided for legislative lobbying or to influence public elections.
  • The foundation will not consider requests for endowments, capital construction, deficit financing, scholarships, fellowships, loans or grants to individuals.