Environmental Justice Fund

The Environmental Justice Fund is a special fund at Bread & Roses that will award one-time grants to grassroots groups that use community organizing to promote equitable access to a clean and healthy environment for communities and neighborhoods most impacted by environmental racism, climate change, and environmental injustice.

Environmental hazards and climate change affect everyone, but communities of color, immigrants, and people living in poverty experience more significant harms because of where they live and work. The most effective environmental and climate solutions come directly from impacted communities. Grants in the Environmental Justice Fund will be made to organizations where community members are in positions of leadership, where their lived experience is honored, where their knowledge influences the work, and where they meaningfully participate in project or campaign design and implementation.

Our 2020 Environmental Justice Giving Project made the first round of grantees, who you can learn more about here.

Does my group qualify for an Environmental Justice Fund grant?

The Environmental Justice Fund makes grants to groups that:

  • Meet all eligibility criteria
  • Center their vision for change on environmental justice and creating sustainable, self-determined, and just communities

Eligible environmental justice campaigns include, but are not limited to:

  • Local organizing to address the climate crisis
  • Dismantling environmental racism
  • Promoting opportunities for the development of urban agriculture and food sovereignty
  • Creating access to clean and healthy food, water, and air through systems change
  • Promoting equitable water rights
  • Addressing urban health hazards, such as air and noise pollution, at a systems level
  • Demanding access to healthy and safe housing that is affordable
  • Addressing the systemic conditions that create health disparities resulting from environmental hazards

What is the award size from the Environmental Justice Fund?

The Environmental Justice Fund makes one-time grants of $10,000.


The deadline was November 11, 2020.

Where does the money for these grants come from?

The money for these grants is being raised by the volunteer members of the 2020 Environmental Justice Giving Project.


Email grants@breadrosesfund.org if you have questions about applying.