BEAI FUND- Request for Nominations
It is our pleasure to send you this invitation for your organization to nominate one to two organizations working in environmental justice (broadly defined) to be invited to apply for funding through the BEAI Fund. We are reaching out to BEA Participant organizations only to nominate groups who fit the criteria outlined below - if you have expertise around this work (if not, please do not feel any pressure, you are not required to submit a nomination).
Nominations are due by Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 by 11:59 pm PST.
The BEAI Fund is a vehicle to help address the historical disparities in funding to the grassroots organizing sector.
Grassroots International is honored to be the host of the BEAI Fund, to provide overall management of the Fund, working closely with the BEAI Fund Advisory Board. Grassroots International works in partnership with social movements to create a just and sustainable world by advancing the human rights to land, water, food sovereignty, and climate justice through global grantmaking, building solidarity across organizations and movements, and advocacy/alliance-building in the U.S.
Many of you provided key input in 2016 to develop the structure and goals of the BEAI Fund, which promotes four interlinked elements:
- Support Community Organizing at the Forefront of Change and
- Build Partnerships Across Sectors and Geographies
- Advance a Just Transition
- Build the Capacity of the Grassroots Sector
Funds for this grant round will be allocated to grassroots organizations working on issues such as just transition, resistance, and long-term movement building in the United States. We are looking for organizations that are using a variety of approaches within our overall BEA strategy.
Approaches could include mutual aid to meet community needs; addressing impacts of pollution and environmental injustice; agroecology, food sovereignty, and rebuilding of local farms; energy democracy; water protection and access; promotion of solidarity economies; advancing women's leadership, popular education, policy work, and movement building toward long-term systemic change.
We invite you to see the BEAI Fund one-pager and Primer for more information on the Fund (links in the email you received with this form).
Each grassroots organization may nominate up to 2 grassroots organizations that advance the goals of the BEAI Fund. Green/national environmental groups and funder allies may nominate one grassroots organization that advances the goals outlined above.
Nominees do not need to be BEA participants (though they can be). The Advisory Board (made up of BEA participants) will then review the overall composition of the nominations pool and make additional nominations to fill in gaps, to ensure a strong pool of applicants.
When making nominations, please keep the purpose, guiding principles, and grantmaking guidelines/criteria for the BEAI Fund in mind (described below).
Please fill out the nomination form by 11:59 pm PST on Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 by 11:59 pm PST.
Thank you for your time!
Name of BEA Participant Organization (who is filling out this form)
Type of Organization
Grassroots Organizing group (eligible to nominate 2 groups, and can include your own organization)
National Environmental Organization (eligible to nominate 1 group)
Funder (eligible to nominate 1 group)
Fourth Sector- Movement Support, other
Your Phone Number
Name of First Organizational Nominee
Location of First Organizational Nominee (city)
Contact person at First Organizational Nominee
Email address at First Organizational Nominee
Phone number of First Organizational Nominee
Name of Second Organizational Nominee (for grassroots organizing groups only)
Location of Second Organizational Nominee
Contact person at Second Organizational Nominee
Email address at Second Organizational Nominee
Phone number at Second Organizational Nominee
BEAI Fund Purpose, Guiding Principles, Grant Guidelines & Criteria
The purpose of the BEA Fund is to support the grassroots organizing sector in the environmental and economic justice movement, broadly defined (including climate and other ecological and related social justice struggles), initially within the United States.
The Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing provide the ideal framework for the BEAI Fund:
1. Be inclusive
2. Emphasis on Bottom-up Organizing
3. Let People Speak for Themselves
4. Work Together in Solidarity and Mutuality
5. Build Just Relationships Among Ourselves
6. Commitment to Self-Transformation
Grant Guidelines and Criteria:
The BEA Fund seeks to support groups within the grassroots organizing sector with most or all of the following characteristics:
*Organizes and is rooted in Indigenous communities, communities of color and/or low-income white communities: recruits and engages members from historically disenfranchised communities. Includes women, youth, LGBTQIA in decision-making processes.
*Well-managed: has a financial and fundraising plan, engages in strategic planning, has strong leadership and lively governance, and can reasonably carry out the work.
*Membership-based and democratically run: aims to have dues-paying members determine the agenda of the organization or have other organizational structure based on accountability to its constituency.
*Leadership development: develops and trains grassroots leaders, including both skills training and popular/political education.
*Multi-issue: addresses issues in a way that recognizes the intersections between themes such as environmental justice, broadly defined (including climate justice, land, territory, and water rights, food sovereignty, and other ecological struggles), racial, gender, and economic justice, immigration, poverty, and workers’ rights.
*Cultivates a vision for long-term structural change: analyzes the root causes of injustice, and develops community-based solutions that address those root causes and work towards systemic transformation for collective well-being of people and planet.
*Engages in direct action: has a power analysis and clear plan for winning concrete victories that alter the relations of power in its community.
*Balances issue work with base building: effectively links issues to building organization and power. Has a larger vision to aggregate power, through strategies such as expanding its membership, taking on bigger issues through policy and/or communications, expanding its base of allies to increase its impact over time.
*Builds movement: sees its work as part of a broader effort, builds solidarity with other organizations and struggles, and, engages in work that advances movement building.
*Engages in learning and self-reflection: practices reflection to draw out lessons from both successes and challenges/obstacles.
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