Welcome! 

If we are accepting applications, the opportunities will be listed below. 

IMPORTANT

  • You will need to create a free Submittable account in order to submit applications to Seeding Justice. Here is a quick guide on how to get started: https://submittable.help/submitters/making-new-submissions/how-do-i-submit
  • You can save a draft of your work if you would like to finish filling out the form at a later date. However, your application is not considered submitted until you hit the Submit button. 
  • We will follow-up with you about your submission by email. Please be sure the email address you used to sign up for your Submittable account is one that you check regularly. 
  • If you're using Gmail, emails from Submittable may go to your Promotions tab, so make sure to check it often. 
  • Please reach out to Submittable's Customer Support team with any technical questions at support@submittable.com

Columbia River Restoration Fund

The Columbia River Restoration Fund (CRRF, or the Fund) was established by Columbia Riverkeeper, an environmental justice organization and long-time partner of Seeding Justice.

The funds for CRRF come from settlements obtained through litigation against polluters. The Funds’s grants are therefore destined for projects and environmental justice organizations working to restore, protect, and maintain the Columbia River Basin and the Columbia River’s tributaries.

While the Columbia River Basin spans the U.S. and Canada, these funds are from Clean Water Act (CWA) settlement agreements; since CWA is a U.S. law, funding will benefit projects and organizations within the U.S. 

Purpose of the Fund

The CRRF supports initiatives that restore and protect the beneficial and cultural uses of the Columbia River Basin by empowering diverse communities to act on their collective responsibility to the river and its watershed, and ensuring that those most impacted by pollution have the greatest voice in determining the solutions.


Important Note: If you are a Tribal nation or government, do not submit this form before contacting us.


 

Please visit our website to learn more about the eligibility requirements and priorities of the fund. 


 

If you have questions...

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Seeding Justice Rapid Response Grants

Our Rapid Response grants program is designed to provide current grantees with quickly deployed small grants to respond to emergencies and opportunities.

ELIGIBILITY
In order to be eligible for funding, groups must:

  • be a current Seeding Justice grantee;
  • have an annual operating budget of less than $700,000; and
  • not have received another Rapid Response grant in the same fiscal year (Seeding Justice’s fiscal year is from July 1 to June 30)

Proposals for Rapid Response grants must clearly articulate the urgency for funds or immediate need of the organization. If the request is not urgent, we encourage groups to apply for our General Fund grants.
Rapid Response grants are not meant to address major climate or global catastrophes such as the COVID-19 pandemic, floods or wildfires. They are very small grants for unanticipated opportunities or challenges, such as attending conferences, purchasing needed technology, or getting some professional help when there’s a leadership transition in the organization.

GRANT TYPES + AMOUNTS
 

  • Critical Response grants: Maximum of $4,000 for immediate and critical needs. For example, organizing community gatherings/meetings in response to traumatic events; unexpected challenges within the organization, such as an executive transition; or unique and timely opportunities, such as having an expert present to your organization.
  • Travel grants: No more than $1,500 for organizations that are faced with unexpected travel-related expenses. Examples of things we would consider funding include registration fees and/or travel-related expenses for attending conferences, meetings, or events that were unplanned but that present a unique opportunity for the organization. Priority will be given to organizations based outside of the Portland Metro area.
  • Technology grants: Up to $1,000 for grassroots organizations for unexpected technology needs. For example, replacing a malfunctioning computer, paying for technology that would allow your staff/community members to meet remotely, or renting equipment for a community gathering or training. Priority will be given to organizations based outside of the Portland Metro area.


PROCESS
Organizations may apply for Rapid Response grant funding on a rolling basis provided that funds are available. Seeding Justice replenishes the Rapid Response grant program each fiscal year on July 1 and January 1.
To the extent possible, we try to make Rapid Response grant funding available quickly, but we encourage groups, if at all possible, to plan ahead and apply for funds at least two weeks before they need the funds.

REPORTING
We do not require reports for Rapid Response grants. 

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