The Environmental Small Grants allows Environmental Equity
and Justice Partnership program to assist worthy grassroots
organizations engaged in environmental work through support
of small projects that are of special importance to those
applicants and their communities. The focus is on supporting
organizations that identify and work on the root causes of
problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term
change. The programs should have a clear agenda for change
and a strategic plan for achieving the organization's goals.
There is no fixed grant size. Keeping up the spirit of small
grants, EEJP gives preference to smaller budgets. An average
grant size foreseen is within the range of Rs. 200,000 to
Rs. 300,000, or even less. The outer most limit for small
grants for any activity is Rs, 500,000 (Rupees Five Lac) and
no support shall exceed this amount.
There is no minimum duration for activities supported under
Environmental Small Grants. On the outer side, activities
should not exceed 15 months*
The Environmental Small Grants is limited to
applicants within India. To be eligible, the applicant MUST
meet the following requirements:
- Should be legally established grassroots non-governmental
- Have the requisite approval under the Foreign Contribution
(Regulation) Act, 1976;
- Have Environment as one of the primary focus;
- Should be directly responsible for the preparation
and management of the action and not acting as an intermediary;
- Have an annual organisational budget (from all sources)
averaging less than Rs. 40 Lac over last three years.
Since EEJP has limited funds and cannot offer
funding to all the groups that meet the above criteria, priority
is given to groups that:
- Have democratic decision making structures and strong
- Have well defined strategic goals and objectives.
- Have prior experience of similar work, preferably
with crossover linkages
- Are locally active in demonstrating clear commitment
to addressing threats to environment.
- Are working on challenging issues that are critical
to the realization of environment justice;
- Are geographically located in a region that has limited
access to funding resources;
- Are planning to take up activities that would be
significantly enhanced by a small grant.
- Coordinate or participate in local and regional networks
of like-minded organizations.
- Actively seek to include the perspectives of those
served by or benefiting from its activities.
- Have a well-stated follow up/ sustainability plan.
Grant decisions are based on many factors and are affected
by competition for limited funds. Therefore, it is not possible
to specify the types of projects that will be funded, and
applicants should not interpret previous grants as precedents
for what will subsequently be funded.
In brief, EEJP is looking for projects that are action-oriented;
builds public involvement and support; are strategic; focuses
on root causes; accomplishes specific goals and objectives;
and takes place in communities.
Interventions should seek to evolve innovative approaches,
action and/or research initiatives on the cross cutting issues
of toxicity, waste and pollution
within the environmental justice framework. In addition, support
may be provided for policy advocacy and information dissemination
strategies that broaden public understanding of the issues.
(refer to Focus Areas)
The projects should be in line with broad EEJP Principles
and focus on:
- challenging the status quo by re-imagining existing
- promoting new environmental thinking, perspectives
- producing and disseminating knowledge products that
brings change on the ground;
- raising cross over awareness about issues and concepts
of environmental justice.
- promoting public participation in environmental decision
- building capacity, advocating policy change, raising
public education, among others.
EEJP must be highly selective in making grants, since there
are far more requests than can possibly be funded. Applicants
should understand that a decision to decline funding does
not necessarily mean that EEJP disapproves of the proposed
project or fails to appreciate its merits.
That Are Not Promoted:
EEJP is designed to support small projects and not to contribute
small amounts for much larger budgets. Therefore, EEJP does
not encourage projects that require significantly more money
than the amount requested for the grant.
Likewise, projects that can occur only after certain "contingencies"
are met are not considered. If a project cannot be carried
out promptly after a grant is made -- because additional funds
must be raised or for other reasons -- the grant request will
not be considered. If the proposed project costs more than
the amount requested, other funds must have been raised or
formally pledged at the time the proposal is submitted.
This program is also not intended to provide partial support
for ongoing activities that will not change in any significant
In terms of specific activities, EEJP cannot support formal
academic training programs, operational projects, ongoing
institutional core support (such as equipment), fellowships
(refer to Environmental Fellowships),
study programs, individuals applying on their own behalf,
profit making activities, or non-legal entities.
EEJP expects the applicants to submit the Concept Note in
the prescribed format ( Download Form:
). Carefully read the instructions for preparing the concept
note. Provide concise response to every question asked and
limit the total length to no more than 3-pages. Submissions
made in any other format will not be considered. Do not send
any other supporting documents unless requested.
Detailed proposals in prescribed format will be invited from
only the short listed applicants at a later stage during the
Application can be submitted in English or in Hindi.
Only one application per applicant is acceptable during the
current grant cycle. In case more applications are received
from an individual. EEJP will randomly pick one and disqualify
the other/s. In case of large number of applications, EEJP
may even decide to disqualify all the applications linked
to any single applicant.
Before submitting the request, applicants should determine
that the organization and the activity, both are eligible
for consideration under the program.
The application for Environmental Small Grants may be submitted
by e-mail, courier, or post (applications sent by Fax will
not be accepted) not later than 31st May, 2011.
Application received after the deadline will be reviewed in
the next grant cycle (refer to the Grant Timeline under Grant
The review may take up to four months to complete and applicants
should keep the same in mind while conceptualising the Activity
Plan. Because of the large number of submissions, it may not
be possible for applicants to discuss potential or pending
proposals with EEJP staff, nor will the staff be able to discuss
reasons why a request was not funded. The Board’s decision
is final and cannot be contested.
The FAQs section includes answers to
some of the common questions received on regular basis and
may help answer your queries. For other queries, please email
Send Your Application:
Concept Note should be submitted to:
By courier/ post/ hand: Coordinator
Environmental Equity and Justice Partnership (EEJP)
H 2 (Ground Floor), Jungpura Extension;
New Delhi 110014
By email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
(only for submissions)
Full Application Package(.zip)