Children's Environmental Health Initiative
Grant Program Description and Goals
The Cedar Tree Foundation's Children's Environmental Health Initiative supports campaigns and programs designed to reduce children’s exposures to toxic chemicals in products and in their environments. The Foundation recognizes that toxic chemicals pose a threat to all people, especially children, and the government does not do an adequate job protecting children from these hazards. Cedar Tree also recognizes that communities of color are most often and most deeply impacted by environmental threats.
In November 2017 the Board of the Cedar Tree Foundation awarded the first round of grants in this Initiative, all with a focus on marketplace campaigns that impact children’s health. A second round of grants with the same marketplace focus was awarded in January 2018.
The Cedar Tree Foundation is now accepting inquiries for a third round of grants in the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative, which will be awarded in late Fall 2019. The 2019 docket will focus on non-profit organizations working in communities of color to protect and improve children’s health by addressing exposures to toxic chemicals in products and the environment. The Cedar Tree Foundation will place special emphasis in this docket on awarding grants to organizations whose leadership (staff/board) and programs reflect the communities they serve, with a priority placed on organizations led by people of color.
HOW TO apply
If you are an organization with strong leadership by people of color (in staff and board) working on an innovative children’s environmental health campaign or project addressing exposures to toxic chemicals in products and the environment, please fill out the Letter Of Inquiry Form below and submit by Friday July 12th. Cedar Tree Foundation will review submissions, and invite full proposals for selected organizations in early Fall. Final grant awards will be made by the end of 2019.
The Cedar Tree Foundation plans to award 5-7 grants in 2019. Each grant will likely be within the $70,000 - 100,000 per year range, for 3 years. We expect the majority of these grants to be project support grants for organizations who work on children’s environmental health as one of a wider range of issues, but we are open to general support grants if your organizational mission relates directly to children’s environmental health. We are open to funding local, grassroots efforts as well as national projects.
Please note, if you are seeking a project support grant, Cedar Tree will still look at your staff and board for leadership by people of color as a way to be sure that we are raising the voices of communities of color within this docket.
Organization budget restriction: organizations applying for Cedar Tree’s 2019 Children’s Environmental Health Initiative must have an organizational budget between $250,000 and $10 million. Please note, if you considered your organization a good fit for this grant program and would have filled out a Letter of Inquiry but for the budget restriction we would appreciate it if you would email dana(at)cedartreefound.org with your org name, contact info and budget issue (i.e., too small or too big) so that we can at a minimum learn more about your project.
If you have questions about this LOI or Cedar Tree’s process, please read the Frequently Asked Questions section and/or reach out to Cedar Tree’s Grants Manager and Communications Manager, Dana Karlsson Campion. She is best reached via email at: dana(at)cedartreefound.org.
2019 LOI FORM
Please click here to download the 2019 Children’s Environmental Health Initiative Letter of Inquiry form as a word document. You may submit your completed form via email to childrenshealth(at)cedartreefound.org by end of day July 12th 2019.
PAST GRANT AWARDS
2017: MARKETPLACE CAMPAIGNS
Alaska Community Action on Toxics, $125,000 x 3 years, project support for Protecting Children on the Top of the World
Coming Clean, Inc., $125,000 x 3 years, project support for the Campaign for Healthier Solutions
Environmental Health Strategy Center, $125,000 x 3 years, project support for Food Fight!
Women’s Voices for the Earth, $125,000 x 3 years, project support for Safe Cleaning Products Campaign
2018: MARKETPLACE CAMPAIGNS
Center for Environmental Health, $125,000 x 3 years, project support for Protecting Children from Hormone Disrupting Chemicals
Ecology Center Inc., $125,000 x 3 years, project support for the Project to Eliminate Toxics in Everyday Children's Products
Environmental Working Group, $125,000 x 3 years, project support for the Children's Environmental Health Campaign
Healthy Building Network, $125,000 x 3 years, project support for The Home Free Project
The Cedar Tree Foundation only funds registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations for work in the United States.