The Scherman Foundation Rosin Fund: Environmental Program Grant
The Scherman Foundation
Grant amount: US $100,000 - US $250,000
Next deadline: Mar 9, 2018 (Full proposal)
Later deadlines: Jan 12, 2019 (Letter of inquiry)
Applicant type: Nonprofit
Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Applied Project / Program
Location of project: Anywhere in the world
Location of residency: United StatesView website Save Need help writing this grant?
The Rosin Fund’s Environment Program will fund a limited number of innovative, short-term and high-impact projects that address critical environmental issues within the Program’s scope of interest. Target projects should demonstrate the potential to effect significant, transformative benefits both near-term and over time, within a project scope of one to three years and an overall budget in which the Fund’s grant plays a significant role. Proposals that reconceive environmental challenges as opportunities and present holistic, integrated solutions that address multiple problems will receive particular attention. Projects should offer measurable outcomes, preferably with the potential to multiply beneficial effects though scale and/or replication.
Projects may be focused internationally or domestically. Applicant organizations should demonstrate the ability to manage projects of the proposed size and complexity, as well as a commitment to the specific proposed project within any larger agenda. Proposals that seek to leverage Rosin Fund support with additional funds, as well as proposals that identify collaborative opportunities spanning multiple organizations, are welcome and encouraged.
The Foundation is interested in projects which cross its programmatic lines and, in particular, those that combine the Foundation’s environmental interests with the social justice goals of its Strengthening New York Communities program. As such, the Foundation welcomes projects addressing the environmental concerns of low-income communities and communities of color, whether locally, nationally, or internationally.
Building on the values and strategies of the Foundation’s Core Environment Program, the Rosin Fund Environment Program will focus on three areas:
Ground-breaking projects focused on new paradigms in sustainable urbanism including but not limited to:
- the redesign of the built environment, especially high rise commercial and residential structures, to improve quality of life and reduce harmful environmental impacts;
- the improvement of mass transit, as well as the expansion of transit-focused residential development;
- development of green infrastructure, from storm water management and drinking water systems to decentralized renewable electricity generation and green roofs;
- recycling and waste management;
- food quality and availability;
- urban agriculture; and
- open space development.
Strategic approaches could include:
- advocacy and organizing
- policy and regulatory and technical research and development; and
- public education
Green Economy/Green Jobs
Projects that re-conceptualize the challenge to spur sustainable jobs, robust economic activity, and significant social equity benefits. Specific projects may include:
- creation of new capital vehicles that leverage both conventional and environmental value;
- the engagement of new partnerships between labor, business, anti-poverty groups, and environmental groups;
- creation of jobs and social benefits through innovative and scalable retrofits of residential and commercial buildings; or
- the promotion of green industry through policies and investments that drive the implementation of innovative renewable energy strategies and transportation systems.
Breakthrough and replicable projects that seek to insure that drinking water is clean and available, both domestically and globally. Areas of interest include but are not limited to:
- novel and improved water protection strategies and policies;
- efforts to create and deploy innovative new technologies;
- efforts to highlight corporate responsibility for water protection from a financially prudent, as well as a good citizenship, perspective; and
- the protection of water from extractive industries, including the growing threat of under-regulated hydraulic fracking.
Strategies employed may include, but again are not limited to, demonstration projects, organizing and advocacy, policy and scientific research, public education, and media/communications, and unique approaches to catalyzing effective regulation and enforcement at the federal, state, and local levels.
You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.
- All applicants must be exempt from income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
- The Foundation welcomes projects addressing the environmental concerns of low-income communities and communities of color, whether locally, nationally, or internationally.
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