Oak Foundation Supports Justice Outside and Environmental Leaders of Color

Justice Outside Expands Liberated Paths Grantmaking to the U.S. South

Oak Foundation has announced a two-year $500,000 grant to Justice Outside, a national leader in the critical work of creating a more racially just, inclusive, and equitable environmental and outdoor movement. Oak Foundation funding will support Liberated Paths Grantmaking, a national program by Justice Outside that provides financial support and capacity building for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) leaders working at the intersection of racial justice and the environment.

Organizations in North and South Carolina will be eligible to apply for the funding as part of the expansion of Liberated Paths Grantmaking. The program began on the West Coast in 2019 and has expanded to include the Southwest, Northwest, and Mid-Atlantic states with new support from the William Penn Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the Kellogg Foundation among others. In 2022, Justice Outside intends to support over 100 grantees across the United States, with the ultimate goal of moving $30 million to BIPOC-led work by 2030.

“This grant will help amplify the voices and knowledge of leaders in Communities of Color,” said Millie Brobston, Programme Officer for Oak Foundation’s Special Interest Programme, “and help ensure that access to nature is available for everyone.”

“We are delighted to expand our grantmaking to the South,” said Justice Outside CEO & President Kim Moore Bailey. “We see this as an important step to support Leaders of Color from environmental organizations in a region that is significantly underfunded.”


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