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Climate Justice for Resilient Communities Request for Proposals

We’re currently seeking social justice grant proposals to empower communities to address climate resiliency. We want to hear from advocates for change from communities most impacted by climate injustices.

What We’re Looking For

We are seeking to support organizations whose mission and purpose focus on actionable social justice programming. Their initiatives should be centered in, created for, and implemented by disadvantaged and historically marginalized communities.

Proposals should address the intersectional issues of extreme heat & humidity, extreme weather events, and/or precipitation & flooding with the outcome of building and advancing resiliency in these areas.

Orange & Rockland will prioritize proposals from organizations/organizational partnerships that:

  • Center and emerge from communities that have been historically marginalized and disadvantaged, including educational institutions who can demonstrate an extensive history of community partnerships.
  • Have a history of organizing around justice issues (environmental justice and/or climate justice preferred).
  • Have a strong leadership team (staff, board, volunteers) that reflects the demographic make-up of their communities.
  • Are highly engaged and interactive with the identified community members and able to demonstrate a high level of community input into the project/plan.
  • Clearly stated policy and advocacy goals related to the disproportionate climate impacts within the communities they serve.
  • Can demonstrate that their project will have meaningful impact for their communities.

Priority Populations

Every program that Orange & Rockland will be considering for support under our Social Justice focus area must serve disadvantaged and/or historically marginalized communities across our territory.

New York State’s Climate Justice Working Group has highlighted criteria for disadvantaged communities which includes:

  • Communities of color (racial and ethnic minorities)
  • Those exposed by potential pollution exposures
  • Those impacted by land use associated with historical discrimination and divestment
  • Those exposed to potential climate change risks
  • Low- and Moderate-Income communities
  • Those with poor health outcomes and sensitivities
  • Housing energy and communications

These groups are highlighted on New York State’s Disadvantaged Communities map.

Historically marginalized groups and classes of individuals that are not listed here are also eligible.

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Deadlines and Notifications

  • Application materials must be emailed on or before May 3, 2024, at 5 p.m. ET.
  • All applicants will receive a confirmation email when proposals are received by Orange & Rockland.
  • Nonprofits will be notified of the selection decision in June 2024.
  • Grant will have an anticipated implementation period starting in July 2024.
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Submit Your Proposal

Please review the submission criteria and email us your proposal.


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