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E-M:/ Building Capacity in the Environmental Movement: Deadline 5/31

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This is a unique opportunity that is being offered to folks working on environmental and community issues in the west Michigan area.  Don't miss it!  Spaces are limited and the deadline to apply is May 31, 2006.  To receive and application, please email jmorton@greatlakes.org.

Building Bridges to Build a Movement; A Training Program to support Cross-Cultural Work for the Environment in West Michigan 

The Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services (ACCESS) and the Alliance for the Great Lakes is pleased to announce a weekend-long training program, Building Capacity Through Diversitywhich is designed to increase the capacity of organizations and community leaders in west Michigan, to work cross-culturally on the environment, land use, social justice and related issues.

 The Building Capacity Through Diversity training will bring together 20 participants representing diverse communities and issues from the west Michigan area, to dialogue about the intersection of race and the environment in an overnight training session on June 23-24, 2006 at the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings, Michigan.   

 Applicants should include people who are active and concerned about the environment, broadly defined.   

 This may include people who are active in environmental issues, such as land, air, water, as well as others who may be working on community development, urban sprawl, public health, housing, and civil rights.

The deadline to apply for the West Michigan training is May 31, 2006.  Application packets can be obtained by contacting Jamie Morton of the Alliance of the Great Lakes, (616) 850-0745, jmorton@greatlakes.org.

The weekend training is part of the greater Building Capacity Through Diversity project, is made possible by a grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, which seeks to promote building a truly multi-ethnic and inclusive movement for environmental protection and social justice.

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, established in 1926 in Flint, Michigan, by an automotive pioneer, is a private philanthropy committed to supporting projects that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society.  It supports nonprofit programs throughout the United States and, on a limited geographic basis, internationally.  Grantmaking is focused in four programs:  Civil Society, Environment, Flint Area and Pathways Out of Poverty.  The Foundation, with year-end total assets of $2.01 billion, made 606 grants totaling $109.8 million in 2002.  For more information about the Foundation, visit its Web site at www.mott.org.