Liberated Paths Grantmaking Program

Building a More Just and Sustainable Outdoor and Environmental Movement Together

What is the Liberated Paths approach?

With the Liberated Paths Grantmaking Program, we are working to create a more just and sustainable outdoor and environmental movement. The Liberated Paths Grantmaking Program aims to shift resources to and build power with Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color. 

To build a more just and sustainable outdoor and environmental movement, the Liberated Paths Grantmaking Program supports outdoor initiatives and organizations that cultivate and celebrate the contributions of Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color and affirm the many experiences and identities our communities hold. Liberated Paths currently supports recreation, marine and coastal conservation, and land conservation initiatives in Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington and California. As we shift resources and build power with these programs, we hope to expand Liberated Paths nationally.

Click here to meet the Liberated Paths inaugural grantee cohort, announced on January 14, 2021

Liberated Paths support looks like: 

  • Relationship-driven and trust-based support.
  • Multi-year grants of $1,000 to $20,000 per year when possible.
  • Long-term, deep engagement in financial, operational, and fundraising capacity building.
  • Network building with a cohort of grantees to facilitate shared learning and systems-level changes. 
  • Eligibility that is not hinged on organization size, ability to do impact reporting, or 501(c)(3) status.
  • Support for organizations and initiatives of all sizes and in all stages of their development.
  • Prioritized funding for organizations and initiatives led by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

Click here to learn about becoming an early investor in the fund

Why did Justice Outside create this program? 

Now more than ever, our communities’ health and wellbeing depend on having access to the outdoors and a voice in how our land and water are used. But for decades, systemic racism has determined who is welcome in outdoor spaces and whose experiences and voices are valued. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color-led organizations are on the frontlines of the grassroots work being done to build a better planet but our work is chronically overlooked and underfunded. 

We know that when our voices are left out, our communities suffer, and our planet does too. With the Liberated Paths Grantmaking Program, we envision a way to bridge that gap. 

Who is eligible?

Grantees are rooted within their communities, with the lived experience they need to understand what approaches will work the best for their communities. We support leaders of color to design and lead the types of joyful outdoor experiences and environmental efforts that are most meaningful to them and their communities. 

Your work is eligible for funding if: 

  • You are working in one of these geographies: Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington and/or California.
    • For work in Arizona and New Mexico: Your work is focused on the intersection of communities of color and the environment and/or outdoor recreation.
    • For work on the Pacific Coast of Oregon, Washington and/or California: Your work is focused on the intersection of communities of color and the ocean, marine conservation, and/or the coast*.
    • For work located in greater Seattle, Washington; the greater Hood River area in Oregon; and in greater Portland, Oregon your work is focused on the intersection of communities of color and the environment and outdoor recreation.
  • Note: You do not need to have a 501(c)(3)status or be fiscally sponsored to apply for a grant.

The Liberated Paths Grantmaking Program will prioritize:

  • Organizations or projects led by and serving Black, Indigenous, and/or Communities of Color.
  • Organizations or projects with an annual budget of less than $1 million.
  • Organizations or projects that have limited relationships with and/or funding streams from the larger philanthropic community.

Applying

The application period for our second round of grantmaking is now open! Head over to our Application Instructions page to read next steps for interested applicants.

Webinar Series: Racial Justice, White Philanthropy’s Shortcomings and Liberated Paths Forward

As a lead-up to the opening of our application window we hosted a webinar series to connect, share information about the Liberated Paths Grantmaking Program and to also hold critical conversations regarding topics such as the explicit role of race in Liberated Paths, the racial funding gap and racial bias and its impact in philanthropy,

Webinar Recordings + Passcodes 

Webinar Session #1 (July 13th) – passcode: 0Bs@8EbB

Webinar Session #2 (July 22nd) – passcode: #F^HU5Yz (link to ancient trade route map)

Webinar Session #3 (Aug 5th)    – passcode: 5U$Pxdam

We invite you to e-mail Efraín Delgado, Liberated Paths Communications & Program Manager, at efrain@justiceoutside.org if you have any questions about the program.