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SG-W:/ Grassroots Grants

Cottonwood Foundation Offers Funding to Grassroots Organizations Working for
a Sustainable Future

Deadline: Open

The Cottonwood Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting
empowerment of people, protection of the environment, and respect for
cultural diversity, has announced its 2003 grant request information.

In 2003, the foundation will award approximately 40 grants in the $500 to
$1,000 range to grassroots organizations in the United States and
internationally. The foundation has a very limited amount of funding
available and will only award grants to organizations that work to protect
the environment, promote cultural diversity, empower people to meet their
basic needs, and rely on volunteer efforts.

Examples of activities that might be funded include replanting of native
plant species; land acquisition; construction of housing or buildings;
purchase of tools, equipment, seeds, or animals; conducting training work-
shops; developing educational materials; providing funds  or micro-loans for
job creation; construction or repair of community water systems; ecosystem
restoration; and purchase of alternative energy equipment. The foundation
also provides funding for general support, particularly for organizations
with very small budgets.

The foundation is particularly interested in supporting organizations for
which small grants will make a significant difference. Applicant
organizations are not required to have 501(c)(3) status, but only
charitable, nonprofit organizations will receive consideration.

For complete program guidelines, application information, and answers to
frequently asked questions, see the Cottonwood Foundation Web site.  RFP
Link: http://www.cottonwoodfdn.org/

Patrick Diehl
Associate Director
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette Drive, Ste. 2A
Lansing, MI 48912

Mary Beth Doyle, MPH
Environmental Health Project
Ecology Center
117 N. Division
Ann Arbor MI 48104

734-663-2400 ext 108
734-663-2414 (fax)


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