WMAN Mini-Grant Program

Western Mining Action Network

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Grant amount: US $3,000

Next deadline: Jun 1, 2020

Later deadlines: Oct 1, 2020, Feb 1, 2021

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program, Capital Project

Location of project: Canada, United States

Location of residency: Canada, United States

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About WMAN

As the mining sector has globalized, so has the citizen response. For over a decade WMAN has provided a critical forum for communities and people facing the risks associated with mining in the United States and Canada. More than 100 organizations participate in this network. They represent the culturally and geographically diverse people and areas impacted by this issue.

While WMAN does still stand for Western Mining Action Network it no longer is western-focused. WMAN hosts an active caucus of groups in the Great Lakes region (on both the US and Canadian side of the lakes), supports communities dealing with the legacy of coal mining in the southeast US, and includes First Nations and other communities working on mining in eastern Canada as well.

Mini-Grant Program

WMAN cohosts a unique mining mini-grant program with the Indigenous Environmental Network. In 2017, the WMAN-IEN Mining Mini-Grant Program will give away more than $200,000 in $3,000 increments to grassroots organizations across the US and Canada.

This program is nearly unique in its form and scope and is of tremendous value to community-based organizations, many of whom have very few opportunities to access financial support outside their own individual pockets.

The goal of the Mining Mini-grants Program is to support and enhance the capacity building efforts of mining-impacted communities in the U.S. and Canada to assure that mining projects do not adversely affect human, cultural, and the ecological health of communities.

There will be an “emergency” fund for extremely time-sensitive projects that fall between grant cycles (i.e., needs that could not have been anticipated at the time of the last cycle and cannot wait to be addressed until the next cycle). These grants will be very limited and awarded on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Mini-Grant Review Committee.

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


  • The goal of this program is:
    • To support and enhance the capacity building efforts of mining-impacted communities in the U.S. and Canada to assure that mining projects do not adversely affect human, cultural, and the ecological health of communities.
    • Grant proposals submitted to this program should reflect that goal.
  • In addition, they must meet all of the following criteria:
    • Projects proposed should be directly related to one or more mining issues (closed/ abandoned mine issues needing citizen attention are included and do fit this program).
    • Grassroots community-based organizations, regional and national organizations, and tribes, tribal programs, and First Nations organizations in the U.S. and Canada with any budget level may apply.
    • At least half of our grants will be awarded to indigenous-led groups.
    • We prefer to make grants to organizations with a nonprofit 501(c)3 tax designation, or those working with a fiscal sponsor that has a 501(c)3, however this is not a requirement.
    • Requests must be project-specific for an immediate need such as legal assistance, organizing and outreach, development of campaign materials, media development, reports, travel, mailings, interns and consultants, etc. to be fulfilled within the next six months on a specific mining campaign. 
    • Applicants may receive one grant per twelve-month cycle.
      • However, this limit does not apply to emergency grants.


  • Priority will be given to US and Canadian community-based grassroots groups directly affected by mining.
  • Secondarily, we will also accept proposals from regional or national organizations in the US and Canada working on mining specific issues.
  • Priority will be given to projects that build bridges and community across socioeconomic and cultural lines.
  • If there are more applicants than funds available, priority will be given to organizations with an organizational or mining-specific project budget under $75,000 U.S.


  • Unfortunately, we are not able, at this time, to fund proposals related to oil, gas or tarsands issues.
    • We hope in the future to see funding established to provide community-based grants to groups addressing those important issues.
  • We do not write grant checks to individuals.
  • Funds cannot be used for an organization’s usual general operating funds, staff salaries, rent or telephone bills.
  • Please be aware that a group will not be considered for future grants until the report is submitted.