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Great Lakes

Environmental Justice Thriving Communities
Grantmaking Program
Great Lakes Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Grantmaking Program
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About

In partnership with the Midwest Environmental Justice Network, NDN Collective, and RE-AMP Network, the Minneapolis Foundation will award environmental justice grants to organizations working in and for underserved communities throughout the Great Lakes region. 

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Grant Overview

Grants will be awarded to community-based nonprofits and other eligible organizations in three concurrent tiers:

Tier One

We will award one-year grants of up to $150,000 for project assessment. Through a noncompetitive process, we will also award grants of up to $75,000 to capacity-constrained communities and community-based organizations.

Tier Two

We will award one- to two-year grants of up to $250,000 for project planning.

Tier Three

We will award two-year grants of up to $350,000 for project development.

Issue Areas

Grants will support projects that focus on issues including, but not limited to:

– Environmental health
– Air, soil, and water quality
– Small cleanup projects
– Stormwater and green infrastructure
– Lead and asbestos contamination
– Emergency preparedness
– Environmental justice training for youth

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is eligible for this funding?

    The following groups are eligible to apply: Community-based and grassroots nonprofit organizations; philanthropic and civic organizations with nonprofit status; tribal governments (both federally and state-recognized) and intertribal consortia (i.e., a partnership between two or more tribes that work together to achieve a common objective); Native American organizations, including Indian groups, cooperatives, nonprofit corporations, partnerships, and associations that have the authority to enter into legally binding agreements; local governments (as defined by 2 CFR 200.1), including cities, towns, municipalities, counties, public housing authorities, and councils of government); and institutions of higher education, including private, public, and community colleges and universities.

  • How many grants will be awarded?

    We anticipate making a total of 208 grants: 84 in Year 1, 85 in Year 2, and 39 in Year 3. We aim to distribute 30% of grant funding to Indigenous, 25% to rural, and 45% to urban communities.

  • Where can I get technical assistance?

    The U.S. EPA has selected 16 Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Centers (EJ TCTACs) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy to remove barriers and increase accessibility to federal funding for communities with environmental justice concerns. These centers will provide training and other assistance to build capacity for navigating federal grant application systems, developing strong grant proposals, and effectively managing grant funding. Learn more about the national network of EJ TCTACs.

    These two organizations will offer technical assistance to grant applicants in the Great Lakes region: Blacks in Green (BIG) and Great Lakes Environmental Justice Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Center Hub.

    These organizations are places to reach out if you need help getting started with grant support, partnership identification, budgeting, capacity building, translation and more.

  • What can I do now to get ready to apply for funding?

    First, sign up to receive email updates, and we’ll be sure to notify you when we start accepting grant applications. You can also prepare by: Applying for your unique Entity ID (UEI) through sam.gov; preparing your accounting and record-keeping systems; and ​planning time to develop your program plan and budget. Once our application portal opens, you should plan to submit your application by the summer of 2026.

Questions?

Connect with Jumana if you have any additional questions about the Great Lakes Environmental Justice Thriving Communities grantmaking program.

Jumana Vasi
Thriving Communities Grantmaker Program Director