Grassroots environmental groups band together to try for billions in grants
People of color-led community organizations are joining forces to secure federal funding earmarked for environmental and climate causes. These groups aim to address the disproportionate impact of climate change and pollution on communities of color. While the federal government has allocated billions through acts like the Inflation Reduction Act, the application process for grants is often burdensome and lengthy, especially for resource-strapped community-based organizations. A 2020 study revealed that only about 1.3% of philanthropic environmental funding goes to "environmental justice" organizations. To streamline the process, advocacy groups and non-profit financial institutions have established the Justice Climate Fund, the first-ever coalition assisting grassroots organizations in obtaining grants through the Environmental Protection Agency. The Biden administration has also created grant-making programs to support local organizations in securing funding for environmental initiatives.