Application Instructions

Learn More About How To Apply for Funding

The application period for our second round of grantmaking is NOW CLOSED.

The information shared below is an abbreviated version of our general application instructions that will likely reflect a similar approach to future funding opportunities through the Liberated Paths Grantmaking Program.

If you are not already on Justice Outside’s e-mail list, we encourage you to sign-up as we will be periodically sharing updates regarding future funding opportunities. You can also e-mail Efraín Chávez-Delgado, Liberated Paths Communications & Program Manager, at efrain@justiceoutside.org, if you have any questions about the program.

Please see our initial call for applicants below. For reference, an asterisk (*) indicates a word found in the glossary of terms at the end of these guidelines. 

Overview 

Justice Outside advances racial justice and equity in the outdoor and environmental movement. We shift resources to, build power with, and center the voices and leadership of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color because the health of current and future generations demands it.  We envision a just world where Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color experience safety, health, and abundant joy through meaningful relationships with one another and the outdoors. We are thrilled to share with you our grantmaking program to help us achieve this mission and vision: Liberated Paths. 

Our approach aims to help build a more equitable outdoor and environmental movement by centering the strength, joy, and leadership of communities of color. We know that the communities who have persevered through systemic racism bring resilience, creativity, and lived experience that can help transform the movement. By offering flexible funds and capacity building*, the Liberated Paths Grantmaking Program seeks to embody a model of grantmaking that is built on trust, relationships, and support. 

Funding Guidelines 

We aim to fund work that lies at the intersection of racial justice and the environment. This could include a number of organizations and programs, including recreation and experiential programs, conservation, climate, environmental advocacy work, cultural and ancestral practices and education, and much more.

Your work is eligible for funding if: 

  • You are working in one of these geographies: Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington and/or California.
  • Additional eligibility criteria will be added for our next round of funding in 2022.
  • Note: You do not need to have a nonprofit 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
  • People and projects rooted within their communities, with the lived experiences they need to understand what approaches will work the best for their communities 
  • Organizations or projects with an annual budget of less than $1 million
  • People or projects that have limited relationships with and/or funding streams from the larger philanthropic community

Part of our commitment to this work is meeting communities and people where they are. To this end, we encourage you to contact Efraín Chávez–Delgado, Liberated Paths Communications & Program Manager, at efrain@justiceoutside.org or (510) 839-0731 if you have any questions or would like any support along the way.  We are here to support you with what you need, whether that is help with the application itself, or a different mode of submission. We want to hear what you need to successfully submit an application.

The Grant and Cohort

The Liberated Paths Grantmaking Program is moving into its second year with funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the North Face and Evo. We are actively working on growing program resources, and we intend to offer multi-year grants as those funds become available. All funds will be awarded as general operating support*. The total grant amount requested for a period of one year should be $20,000 or less.

Grantees will be offered the option to participate in a cohort series with other grantees. During the grantee cohort series, grantees will have the opportunity to engage in capacity building, networking opportunities, and technical support to ensure the longevity of their work. The cohort will meet five times a year throughout the calendar year.

Application Options:

Our application is designed to be flexible and accessible. We are here to support you and work with you, especially if you have not submitted a grant application before. There will be no penalties for lack of traditional writing conventions, such as grammar, punctuation, and formatting in the application process. To make the process as flexible as possible, we are currently offering three ways to submit your application materials:

  1. Written letter of intent
  2. Video or phone interview with Justice Outside staff member
  3. Audio recording

No mode of submission will be given preference over another. We ask that applicants choose only one submission method. If none of these methods work for your needs but you are still interested in applying, we would like to hear from you! Reach out to efrain@justiceoutside.org.

Application Instructions:

STEP 1: PROVIDE BASIC APPLICANT INFORMATION

We ask all applicants to submit basic applicant information. This can be submitted via the online form or via email. If you need to provide the basic application via U.S. postal service or another method please contact Efraín Chávez–Delgado, Liberated Paths Communications & Program Manager, at efrain@justiceoutside.org or call us at (510) 839-0731.

Basic applicant information requested is:

1. Organization or project name

2. Primary contact name and title; email address; phone number; mailing address; and organization EIN or fiscal sponsor (if applicable)

3. Organization or project leader(s) identify as Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color

4. Geographic and programmatic boundaries

5. List of top five community partners (for example: community based organizations, funders, schools)

6. Amount requested for year one (not to exceed $20,000) and amount requested for year two, if any, should funds be available (not to exceed $20,000)

7. An attached one-page current year operating budget (there will be no penalty if you or your organization do not have this).

STEP 2: CHOOSE APPLICATION SUBMISSION METHOD

We ask that you indicate on the online form if you plan to submit your application materials via written letter of intent, video or phone interview with Justice Outside staff member, or audio recording. If you cannot access the online form, please contact Efraín Chávez–Delgado, Liberated Paths Communications & Program Manager, at efrain@justiceoutside.org or call us at (510) 839-0731.

STEP 3: COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION THROUGH ONE OF THE FOLLOWING METHODS

FOR LETTER OF INTENT

After completing the basic applicant information, if you have chosen to submit your application via a letter of intent, submit a written letter no more than two pages in length to efrain@justiceoutside.org. The letter should answer the following questions:

    1. Who is the community you are engaging, and what are their needs or desires, related to the outdoors and/or the environment?
    2. Please describe the relationship that your team’s leadership has to the community you are engaging with? Community in this case includes its people, its land/geographical area and with other local community efforts/initiatives.
    3. What is the positive impact your work has, or will have, on the environment/outdoor which can include contributions to policy change, advocacy or connection between people and land?
    4. What is the impact you or your organization/project will have, or has had, on the community?

FOR VIDEO OR PHONE INTERVIEW

After completing the basic application information, if you have chosen to submit your application via video or phone interview. At the selected time you will then join a Zoom video chat or phone call with a Justice Outside staff member.

Your interview will be no more than 30 minutes in length and we invite you to review the following questions in advance of your call. Your interview time must be scheduled at least 2 days in advance. Your conversation will be recorded, and you can assume your submission is complete at the end of the conversation. 

    1. Who is the community you are engaging, and what are their needs or desires, related to the outdoors and/or the environment?
    2. Please describe the relationship that your team’s leadership has to the community you are engaging with? Community in this case includes its people, its land/geographical area and with other local community efforts/initiatives.
    3. What is the positive impact your work has, or will have, on the environment/outdoor which can include contributions to policy change, advocacy or connection between people and land?
    4. What is the impact you or your organization/project will have, or has had, on the community?

FOR AUDIO RECORDING

After completing the basic application information, if you have chosen to submit your application via audio recording, please contact Justice Outside via email liberatedpaths@justiceoutside.org or efrain@justiceoutside.org) or call us at (510) 839-0731, to make arrangements with our staff. 

Once arranged, you will be asked to answer the following questions: 

    1. Who is the community you are engaging, and what are their needs or desires, related to the outdoors and/or the environment?
    2. Please describe the relationship that your team’s leadership has to the community you are engaging with? Community in this case includes its people, its land/geographical area and with other local community efforts/initiatives.
    3. What is the positive impact your work has, or will have, on the environment/outdoor which can include contributions to policy change, advocacy or connection between people and land?
    4. What is the impact you or your organization/project will have, or has had, on the community?

Timeline:

Once we have reviewed all submissions, we may reach out to you for additional information.

Funds will be disbursed once the grantee recommendation is approved by the Justice Outside Board.

2021 Grant Timeline  Deadline (subject to change)
Application window and  submission deadline August 5th, 2021 – September 17, 2021 by 11:59PM PST
Additional information requests due (if applicable) October 4, 2021
Justice Outside review process September 20 – October 31, 2021

Awards announced to selected grantees and update to applicants not selected

November 2021
Awards announced publicly November or December 2021
Funds released December 2021

Ongoing Responsibilities of Accepted Grantees

If Justice Outside is fortunate enough to enter into a partnership with you or your organization, we will request the following from you or your organization over the course of your funding:

  • An annual report and organizational operating budget (if available)
  • Agreement to work with Justice Outside staff to participate in partner visits during your award period
  • You or a member of your organization will join a cohort of grantees during your award period
  • Engagement with your cohort and with Justice Outside through the capacity building program

We hope to see a variety of submissions that represent the depth of experience and wisdom in this field. We look forward to working with many of you and supporting the great work that you all do!