CJRF – Making Grants for Social Justice Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation

CJRF – Making Grants for Social Justice Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation

The Climate Justice Resilience Fund is seeking applications to make grants for community-led, social justice approaches to climate changeadaptation and resilience-building.

CJRF gives grants to women, youth, and indigenous peoples to create and share their own solutions for resilience.

For its initial grantmaking, the CJRF will focus on three regions where climate change is already affecting landscapes and livelihoods: East Africa, the Bay of Bengal, and the Arctic.

Pillars of Work

CJRF support flows to five “pillars” of work:

  • Advocacy: Building the advocacy skills of women, youth and indigenous peoples, and securing their greater participation in climate change decision-making at local, national and international levels.
  • Access to Information: Improving access to information so that communities better understand how climate change affects their natural resources, livelihoods, and cultural traditions.
  • Local Initiatives: Supporting community-driven climate-resilient development solutions.
  • Movement Infrastructure: Providing general operating support to community-led organizations in order to strengthen civil societystructures for networking, knowledge sharing, and community engagement.
  • Leadership Development: Increasing the skills of emerging leaders among women, youth and indigenous communities so that they can enhance collective action around climate justice.

Project Entry Points

CJRF grants focus on four inter-related issues through which climate change may profoundly affect the lives and prospects of their selected constituencies, namely:

  • Water Access
  • Food Security and Sovereignty
  • Sustainable Livelihoods
  • Migration and Relocation

Funding Information

  • The CJRF grantmaking strategic framework prioritizes multi-year grants and grants larger than $100,000.
  • Regional funding is currently budgeted as follows: $5.5 million USD for the Bay of Bengal; $5.5 million USD for East Africa; $3.6 million USD for the Arctic; and $2.5 million USD for grants that are global in scope.

Geographical Focus

  • Organizations that are more likely to be considered for a grant
  • Operate in one or more of CJRF’s priority geographies: Alaska, northern Canada, Kenya, Tanzania, Bangladesh, and the Indian states of West Bengal and Orissa.

AND

  • Promote knowledge exchange and capacity building across the CJRF regions.
  • Advocate for global climate finance policies and programs that benefit women, youth, or indigenous peoples, with emphasis on adaptation.

What is the average grant size?

As a new funder, the CJRF does not yet have an average grant size. The CJRF grantmaking strategic framework prioritizes multi-year grants and grants larger than $100,000. However, we will consider grant requests each on their own merits, and encourage applicants to request funds appropriate to their proposed activities and organizational capacities.

How much funding is available by region?

Regional funding is currently budgeted as follows: $5.5 million USD for the Bay of Bengal; $5.5 million USD for East Africa; $3.6 million USD for the Arctic; and $2.5 million USD for grants that are global in scope.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Organizations that are more likely to be considered for a grant:
    • Are registered with the local or national government as a nonprofit organization
    • Have an annual budget greater than $500,000 USD.
    • Have already secured, or are in the process of securing some level of co-funding.
    • Have a paid staff and/or Board that includes youth, women, or indigenous people.
  • Organizations that are more likely to be considered for a grant:
    • Have a track record of working with or regranting to grassroots organizations.
    • Have local voices informing their strategy and vision.
    • Focus on issue areas that overlap with CJRF project entry points.
    • Fit within the CJRF pillars of work.
    • Can demonstrate a vision for scaling their impact beyond their organization’s direct beneficiaries.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications via email at the address given on the website.

For more information, please visit CJRF.