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Grants to USA Nonprofit for Projects Addressing Climate Change, Environmental Protection, and Healthy Communities

2022 Mosaic Movement Infrastructure


GrantWatch ID# 206322
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Mosaic
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
All USA
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Conference Date: 11/16/22
Deadline: 12/09/22 5:00 PM PST

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations for projects addressing climate change, environmental protection, and healthy communities. Funding is intended to support collaborative initiatives related to clean air and water, safe climate, natural systems, environmental protection and justice, and healthy and just communities.

This year, Mosaic will distribute funding to build local to national movement infrastructure that enhances diverse and collaborative engagement on four major policies and efforts intersecting with the environmental and justice communities - the Inflation Reduction Act, Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Justice40, and 30x30. The goal is to move resources quickly to maximize the climate, environmental, and community benefits now possible, and ensure no community bears disproportionate burdens as this effort unfolds.

Successful applications will address all three focus areas outlined below:

  1. Key policies: advancing climate, conservation & justice in a critical window of time. There are four recently enacted policies and initiatives that provide opportunities to make significant gains on climate, conservation, and justice issues, but progress will depend on effective advocacy. Funding this year will support projects that focus on propelling the benefits of these four policy goals, while also countering new threats and mitigating harms.
  2. Movement infrastructure: building the connections & shared tools to implement. Movement infrastructure - shared, field-wide tools and connections - will be essential to ensure the environmental community is connected and equipped with the tools and resources to effectively implement these policies and build a durable movement for the future. Funding this year will support projects that are collaborative by design, engage and benefit multiple stakeholders, and create shared tools that advance one or more of the four policy priorities by strengthening the following specific types of movement infrastructure identified by Mosaic's Governance Assembly.
  3. Bridging and bonding: activating diverse & aligned field engagement. Mosaic will fund projects that (1) strengthen bonds amongst existing, aligned groups that share a core focus or (2) create or advance connective bridges that build greater power through mutually beneficial, authentic collaborations between organizations where trust, affinity, or shared focus may be lacking. Mosaic is also interested in supporting engagement by constituencies new or newer to environmental and justice advocacy.

Grant Types:

  • Seed: Piloting new and innovative movement infrastructure projects with startup funding to strengthen the implementation of the four policy initiatives.
  • Cultivate: Supporting and cultivating the capacity of existing collaborative movement infrastructure efforts to sustain their work or achieve a new level of scale and impact in the implementation of the four policy initiatives. 
  • Harvest: Actualizing existing movement infrastructure that is advancing one or more of the policy initiatives near a specific tipping point (big win, victory, outcome, etc.) with targeted last mile resources. 


Recipient

Eligibility
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
To be eligible for any Mosaic grant, projects must be:
- Led by a 501c3 non-profit public charity organization or equivalent (including fiscally sponsored projects or a collaboration of organizations that includes a 501c3 non-profit acting as a lead steward).
-Based in and substantially focused on the United States (including Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands, or other US affiliated territories)

Mosaic generally does not fund:
- General operations requests for organizations that are not directly engaging in field-wide movement infrastructure projects;
- Projects that are only focused on a single organization or campaign without broader relevance and use to the broader environmental/environmental justice movement;
- Projects that promote extractive or harmful models of collaboration or partnerships;
- Mosaic does not earmark funding for lobbying activities.
- Projects not proposed by a non-profit public charity or fiscal sponsor that is a non-profit public charity, or inconsistent with a legitimate charitable purpose and applicable law
- Projects based in and focused on issues predominantly outside the US
- Projects that are only focused on one organization or one campaign without broader relevance and use. (For example, a proposal to support innovative communications for climate advocates in the Southeast US would be considered for funding; a similar proposal to support the climate communications of a single organization typically would not.)
- Projects that are not focused on one or more of the six areas of Mosaic’s infrastructure (communications, leadership, data & information, relationships & trust, philanthropic innovation)
- Projects that are not focused on healthy and just communities, clean air and water, a safe climate, thriving natural systems, or other related environmental protection and justice topics.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Information Sessions:

November 4th (11-12 PT / 2-3 ET) - register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvceqgrjsoGtJxr8M376jQEy3ECvMPrE6X

November 16th (11-12 PT/ 2-3 ET) - register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvf-uurTMuGNEQ-O6q_z_YYHtvxXJ4ybzu

Mosaic strongly suggests interested applicants attend an informational webinar in advance of applying.

Pre-Application Information
Timeline:
- Application Open Date: Monday, October 24, 2022
- Application Close Date: Friday, December 9, 2022 5 pm PST.
- Grants Awarded and Announced: March 2023

To ensure resources flow quickly around these current opportunities, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No application will be reviewed before December 1, 2022, and the majority of funding is epected to be distributed in February.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$5,500,000

Estimated Size of Grant
Grants will range between $50,000 and $300,000.

- Seed: $50-100K
- Cultivate: $150-200K
- Harvest $200-300K

Term of Contract
Mosaic is accepting both single and multi-year applications.

- Seed: Single year requests
- Cultivate: Single or Multi-year requests
- Harvest: Single year requests

Contact Information
Apply Online: mosaic.smapply.io/prog/2022mosaicrfp/

Please reach out to info@mosaicmomentum.org if you have any questions.

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