Grants

Please note that the Garfield Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.

2021


Collaborative Networks Program 

2021

RE-AMP Network

2021

  • RE-AMP Network (fiscal sponsor The Minneapolis Foundation) – $400,000
    www.reamp.org
    A nine state (Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin) collaborative network advancing equitable deep decarbonization solutions to mitigate climate change.  Supports general operations and re-granting programs.

Cancer Free Economy Network

2021

  • Cancer Free Economy Network – $188,125
    www.cancerfreeeconomy.org
    Cancer Free Economy Network’s Guiding Star Goal: Within a generation, we will lift the human burden of cancers and other diseases by driving a dramatic and equitable transition from toxic substances to safe and healthy alternatives.

Project Leads: Center for Environmental Health, Children’s Environmental Health Network, Clean Production Action, The Forbes Funds, The Labor Institute. 

All projects are collaborative and involve multiple network members that may receive sub-grants via the project lead.

This grant will support the following set of projects, which CFEN leaders have identified as strategically viable to make progress toward the guiding star goal of the Network.

Building Champions – project lead Children’s Environmental Health Network: Mobilizing health and cancer-focused leaders, scientists/researchers, and constituencies to recognize and act on connections between environmental exposures and cancer, with a particular focus on those disproportionately exposed.

Advancing the Cancer Prevention Research Agenda – project lead Children’s Environmental Health Network: Strengthening and increasing the visibility of scientific evidence on links between toxic chemicals and cancer, aimed at cancer-focused researchers, to increase their knowledge and action.

Evaluating, updating and delivering the “Chemicals, Cancer and the Economy” Training – project lead The Labor Institute: Assessing and updating CFEN’s flagship training program which focuses on raising awareness around the risks of exposure to toxic chemicals and empowering participants to collectively take protective action.

Implementing the “Safe & Just Cleaners” Project –  project lead The Labor Institute: Engaging CFE working groups to develop and implement an action agenda based on the findings of a five-year study on the impact of chemical exposures and other working conditions on the health of Latinx domestic cleaners in New York City.

Developing Guidance on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – project lead The Forbes Funds: Using Pittsburgh as a place-based model, Forbes will document national and local best practices in, and develop a toolkit to guide municipal level action on toxic chemicals using the SDG framework.

PFAS Action Agenda – project lead Clean Production Action: Advancing CFE’s Action Agenda to eliminate PFAS chemicals, with a focus on growing both the demand for and supply of safer alternatives to PFAS in food service ware/packaging, firefighting foam, and furniture/fabrics, and supporting legislative and market campaigns to ban PFAS.

Policy and Legal Strategies – project lead Center for Environmental Health: Advancing the policies promoted in ‘A Path to Cancer Prevention and Environmental Equity: The Cancer Free Economy Network’s Agenda for the Biden-Harris Administration’ and specific work to support communities facing cumulative impacts from multiple toxic exposures.

Network Support

2021

  • Network for Energy, Water and Health in Affordable Buildings (fiscal sponsor Movement Strategy Center) – $75,000
    www.newhab.net
    NEWHAB is a 300-member network formed to make multifamily affordable housing energy efficient and healthier by advocating for state-based policy and program improvements, and provide a platform to share learning and collaborative opportunities. This renewal grant will support NEWHAB to advance to the next stage of its network evolution – community centered ideation and alignment to greater, and more effective, collective action. This will occur through the implementation of activities that emerged out of NEWHAB’s systems-based strategy update supported by Garfield’s first grant. 
  • Leadership Learning Community (fiscal sponsor Community Initiatives) – $50,000
    www.leadershiplearning.org
    Supports a BIPOC-centered (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) learning network to deploy different systems thinking practices that will help its participants to better address systemic racism and social inequity.  LLC is a national network that offers leadership coaching and training for communities who want to use networked, equity-based leadership as a lever for catalyzing social justice.
  • Warm Data Lab (fiscal sponsor Bateson Idea Group) – $50,000
    www.warmdatalab.net
    Supports designing and piloting the organizational and technological infrastructure needed to support the growing network of Warm Data Lab facilitators and practitioners. A Warm Data Lab (WDL) is a specially designed meeting format that allows groups of people with no previous exposure to systems theory to collectively understand the systemic problem they endeavor to address. Last year the Garfield Foundation funded a successful WDL training program for nonprofits in Pittsburgh.

Advancing Systems Change Practices

2021

  • Illuminate Network (fiscal sponsor Carold Institute) – $100,000
    www.illuminatesystems.org
    The Illuminate Network, a systems informed collaborative network co-founded and co-designed by the Garfield Foundation, was developed to link people together who facilitate, train and fund system change collaborations. In its second year, this grant will support Illuminate to grow and to engage more deeply to serve the needs of practitioners in the emerging field of systems change, in its many approaches and practices. The Network is purposefully bridging different geographies and cultures, to share knowledge that improves and broadens the field.
  • Blue Marble Evaluation Network (fiscal sponsor WorldLink) – $60,000
    https://bluemarbleeval.org/
    This project will support the application of the Blue Marble Evaluation Principles to develop a process and trainings for local communities to assess the status of their sustainability practices and guide their strategies and actions for effective social and ecological change at the scale needed to thrive.  BME is a resource for practitioners, evaluators, funders and anyone interested in a holistic approach to design, implementation and evaluation of systems change efforts. 
  • Turtle Island Institute (a project of MakeWay Charitable Society) – $50,000
    www.turtleislandinstitute.ca
    As follow-up to the initiating project Turtle Island Institute implemented in 2020, this next phase will support a program for systems change leaders of mixed backgrounds and lineages to learn from each other. While much of the work focuses on the frameworks, tools and strategies needed to scale change, this project will also focus on the personal dimensions of systems change work, supporting change makers to further develop their leadership skills and capacity to work across difference.
  • Wolf Willow Institute (fiscal sponsor Carold Institute) – $55,000
    www.wolfwillow.org
    This grant will support Wolf Willow Institute to host and facilitate a learning cohort to examine how we might move beyond ways of thinking and acting that are keeping us stuck in an increasingly polarized political climate and unable to make more rapid progress on complex issues like climate change – it will explore what interventions might shift the systems that currently seem entrenched. The learning cohort will explore, compile and share new and promising practices, approaches and potential interventions that will inform social change leaders how to meet the increasing complexity, uncertainty and adversity of the current moment.

Environmental Sustainability Program

2021

Los Angeles Sustainability

2021

  • TreePeople – $50,000
    www.treepeople.org    
    This grant will support TreePeople’s multi-faceted work on water resilience in Los Angeles, which is focused on advocating for widespread policies and practices to conserve, capture and store water, improve water quality, and mitigate impacts from climate change. The core areas of work include continuing participation in the Safe, Clean Water Program and the OurWater LA campaign, engaging underserved communities in water management and water quality projects and advocating for legislative support for several important water policy issues.
  • Nature for All – $50,000
    www.lanatureforall.org   
    Supports Nature for All’s water-oriented work, which builds community engagement in projects and policies that improve water quality to promote public health, increase water literacy, and protect the environment while also enhancing local communities that are underserved. NFA’s water resilience policy work is implemented in coordination with the OurWaterLA coalition to ensure that equity and investments in disadvantaged communities are prioritized.
  • Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy – $50,000
    www.laane.org
    Supports LAANE’s water infrastructure equity and jobs work, which includes supporting sustainable and accessible, local supplies of water that also produce good jobs (through LAANE’s work on Measure W), tracking and advising on major municipal infrastructure projects to recycle water for potable reuse, and collaborating with local organizations addressing water issues in Southeast Los Angeles.

2020


Collaborative Networks Program 

2020

RE-AMP Network

2020

  • RE-AMP Covid19 Emergency Response Fund – $100,000
    www.reamp.org
    Support for the RE-AMP emergency response fund responding to the Covid19 pandemic.
  • RE-AMP Network (fiscal sponsor The Minneapolis Foundation) (Minneapolis, MN)$425,000
    www.reamp.org
    An eight state (Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin) collaborative network advancing equitable deep decarbonization solutions to mitigate climate change.  Supports general operations and re-granting programs.

Cancer Free Economy Network

2020

  • CFEN Covid19 Emergency Response Fund – $100,000
    www.cancerfreeeconomy.org
    Support for the CFEN emergency response fund responding to the Covid19 pandemic.
  • Clean Production Action (Somerville, MA) – $442,692
    www.cleanproduction.org & www.cancerfreeeconomy.org
    Clean Production Action acts as the fiscal sponsor for some key elements of the Cancer Free Economy Network.  This grant supports core staffing positions and network infrastructure, enabling the Network to continue its trajectory towards greater levels of coordination, collaboration, and impact and to make collective progress toward CFEN’s guiding star goal to accelerate progress “within a generation to lift the burden of cancer and other diseases by driving a dramatic and equitable transition from toxic substances in our lives, our communities, and our economy to safe and healthy alternatives for all.”
  • Clean Production Action, (Somerville, MA) – $110,000
    www.cleanproduction.org
    Supports CFEN’s Market Shift Node to: continue to provide CFEN with relevant guidance on technical resources and collaborative campaign strategies to shift markets towards less toxic, non-carcinogenic substances in materials; continue leading on getting PFAS (polyfluroalkyl substances) out of production with increased focus on food service ware and packaging; and develop and pilot market-based and policy tools to transition to a cancer-free economy.
  • Children’s Environmental Health Network (Washington, D.C.) – $42,436
    www.cehn.org
    Supports the CFEN Health Science (HS) Node to maintain the effective implementation of its activities, and to coordinate and to maintain information flow among all of CFEN’s teams (Nodes, Hubs, Working Groups, etc).
  • Children’s Environmental Health Network (Washington, D.C.) – $110,000
    www.cehn.org
    Supports the Health and Science Node of the Cancer Free Economy Network (CFEN) with its emphasis on: compiling and translating scientific information for the Network; strengthening cancer-focused organizations as prevention advocates; advancing a prevention-focused cancer research agenda; and shifting dominant narratives around cancer prevention and environmental contributors to cancer.
  • The Labor Institute (New York, NY) – $42,436
    www.thelaborinstitute.org
    Supports the CFEN Building Power (BP) Node to maintain the effective implementation of its activities, and to coordinate and to maintain information flow among all of CFEN’s teams (Nodes, Hubs, Working Groups, etc).
  • The Labor Institute (New York, NY) – $110,000
    www.thelaborinstitute.org
    Supports CFEN’s Building Power Node to: advance grassroots education in labor and place-based constituencies cocncerning toxic exposures and the probable carcinogenic effects; strengthen the capacity of affected constituencies and communities to advocate for policies that will protect them and eliminate toxic exposures; support two place-based education and advocacy initiatives (in New York and Michigan); and improve the BP Node’s capacity for recruiting grassroots organizations to CFEN.
  • Center for Environmental Health (Oakland, CA) – $42,436
    www.ceh.org
    Supports the CFEN Policy Legal (PL) Hub to maintain the effective implementation of its activities, and to coordinate and to maintain information flow among all of CFEN’s teams (Nodes, Hubs, Working Groups, etc.).
  • Center for Environmental Health (Oakland, CA) – $100,000
    www.ceh.org
    Supports the CFEN Policy and Legal Hub to carry out strategic technical assistance to support CFEN Working Groups and Nodes. The Hub, comprising lawyers, policy specialists and environmental health and justice advocates, will also generate policy and/or legal initiatives that directly serve the Network in reaching its goal of protecting people from harmful chemicals.

Network Support

2020

  • Common Future (Oakland, CA) – $75,000
    www.commonfuture.co 
    Supports Common Future to strengthen their internal capacity to build their knowledge, skills and strategies around systems thinking, network mapping and network collaboration to significantly grow, connect and activate its members, allies, community leaders and other key stakeholders.
  • Food Solutions New England (a project of University of New Hampshire Foundation) (Durham, NH) – $50,000 
    www.foodsolutionsne.org 
    Increase environmental sustainability of the food system across New England — reducing pollution, toxics and climate change emissions in agriculture — through network growth and strengthening; narrative and communications; equity leadership; and regional policy coordination.
  • Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (a project of Urban Sustainability Directors Network) (Port Washington, WI) – $50,000
    www.carbonneutralcities.org 
    Support training for senior city sustainability leaders to deepen stakeholder collaboration, and share what works to dramatically reduce environmental impacts in more cities throughout the world.
  • Midwest Environmental Justice Network (MWEJN), fiscal sponsor Minneapolis Foundation (Minneapolis, MN) – $60,000
    www.mwejn.org
    Supports MWEJN to develop its network structure and to build collaborative capacity. The MWEJN works to ensure that environmental justice groups in the Midwest have the resources and capacity to effectively organize and to participate in local, state, regional and federal policy development.
  • The Wallace Center at Winrock International (Little Rock, AR) – $75,000
    www.wallacecenter.org
    Supports the Food Systems Leadership Network (FSLN) to embed racial equity and anti-racism as a core component of its framework for food systems change and to build the capacity of network members to center racial equity and anti-racism in their work.
  • Energy Action Network (Montpelier, VT) – $65,000
    www.eanvt.org
    This grant follows up on work of the last two years in support of EAN’s efforts to update its systems analysis and strategy. This third year supports the establishment of “Action Teams” that will allow EAN members pursue strategic initiatives for achieving state-wide total energy goals and significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 in ways that create a more just, thriving, and sustainable future for Vermonters.

Advancing Systems Change Practices

2020

  • Blue Marble Evaluation Network (fiscal sponsor Capital Institute) – $50,000
    www.bluemarbleeval.org
    To advance training and communication about the Blue Marble Evaluation framework, a new method of gathering evidence across complex collaborative projects, to demonstrate the greater value and impacts of using systems thinking and collaborative networks.
  • Turtle Island Institute (a project of Tides Canada Initiatives Society) – $50,000
    www.tidescanada.org/project/turtle-island-institute.org
    To support a convening of systems change leaders who are black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) to explore the values and beliefs behind systems change practices, with a purpose of centering equity and supporting systems-change leaders to work across cultural differences and divides.  
  • The Funders Network (Coral Gables, FL) – $50,000
    www.fundersnetwork.org
    Develop training for smart growth and livable communities funders who want to be more collaborative and systemic around interconnected environmental issues such as water, climate, food, energy, and green cities.
  • The Carold Institute (Vancouver, Canada) – $40,000
    www.ckx.org
    Support coordination, collection and access to training resources among the many organizations and practitioners that guide systems change in environmental sustainability and health issues. 
  • Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute (a project of Allied Media) (Detroit, MI) – $50,000
    www.alliedmedia.org/esii
    Support training and coaching of community leaders working in the most environmentally impacted communities, to organize people connecting the environment with health and well-being in their communities.
  • Institute for Strategic Clarity (Belchertown, MA) – $30,000
    www.instituteforstrategicclarity.org
    Produce handbooks for environmental sustainability leaders to help them understand complex problems and find the best strategies for addressing environmental challenges by working better together.
  • Forum for the Future (Brooklyn, NY) – $100,000
    www.forumforthefuture.org
    Supports the next phase of the School of System Change’s growth and development: updating the Systems Basecamp curriculum and resource guides, prioritizing marketing and outreach efforts to ensure a diverse pool of applicants for US learning offers, and building a robust pool of Basecamp facilitators to support on-going programming.
  • Emergence Collective, fiscal sponsor Inquiring Systems Inc (Santa Rosa, CA) – $60,000
    www.emergence-collective.net
    Supports next steps to co-design and facilitate a group of systems capacity builders to provide peer support and capacity to those who provide training, coaching and facilitation support to emerging systems change leaders.
  • The Carold Institute (Vancouver, Canada) – $60,000
    www.ckx.org 
    The Carold Institute acts as the fiscal sponsor of the Illuminate Network: Cultivating the Field and Practice of Systems Change.  Organized as a Collaborative Network, Illuminate members will work together to facilitate new communities of practice, webinars, workgroups and collect learning resources to reach change leaders in the environmental and other social change fields.

Environmental Sustainability Program

2020

Los Angeles Sustainability

2020

  • TreePeople (Beverly Hills, CA) – $50,000
    www.treepeople.org
    General support for increasing effectiveness across programs –water, equity, urban greening, fire, education, policy and research — to help make LA’s environment more sustainable, resilient and healthy for all Angelenos.
  • Nature for All (San Gabriel, CA) $50,000
    www.lanatureforall.org
    Supports the water education element of Nature For All’s Leadership Development Program, which is focused on underserved communities to increase understanding of the complex local water infrastructure system, to determine solutions, and to advocate for the needs of their communities.
  • Pacoima Beautiful (Pacoima, CA) – $30,000
    www.pacoimabeautiful.org
    Supports Pacoima Beautiful’s Youth United Toward Environmental Protection (YUTEP), which prepares young people to become environmental and social justice advocates in their community.
  • Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (Los Angeles, CA) – $50,000
    www.laane.org
    Supports LAANE’s efforts to ensure that quality, permanent jobs, and job training opportunities are created as part of the Measure W stormwater project development, particularly for Angelenos from underserved communities.
  • LA Waterkeeper (Santa Monica, CA) $40,000
    www.lawaterkeeper.org
    Supports the Los Angeles Waterkeeper’s efforts to address urban and stormwater runoff, the single largest source of pollution to the region’s inland and coastal waterways.
  • Heal the Bay (Santa Monica, CA) $40,000
    www.healthebay.org
    Supports Heal the Bay’s Clean Water Initiatives, which aim to monitor and protect Los Angeles’ and rivers and advance sustainable stormwater management.
  • Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (Los Angeles, CA) – $40,000
    www.scopela.org
    Supports SCOPE to shape water resilience solutions in the Los Angeles region that are community-driven and embed a climate justice agenda.

Mercury Source Reduction

2020

  • Consumers for Dental Choice (Washington, D.C.) – $38,000
    www.toxicteeth.org 
    Supports CDC’s Campaign for Mercury-Free Dentistry, the World Alliance for Mercury Free Dentistry, and WAMFD’s effort to advise countries as they implement the reduction of dental mercury as dictated in the international treaty to control mercury pollution, the Minamata Convention.
  • Mercury Policy Project (Montpelier, VT) – $60,000
    www.mercurypolicy.org
    Supports MPP’s Zero Mercury Campaign, its engagement in the Zero Mercury Working Group, and its on-going efforts to advise on and strengthen the implementation of the Minamata Convention, the international treaty to control mercury pollution.
  • Natural Resources Defense Council (Washington, D.C.) – $50,000
    www.nrdc.org
    Supports NRDC’s Global Mercury Campaign and its on-going efforts to advise on and strengthen the implementation of the international treaty to control mercury pollution, the Minamata Convention.

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