Acorn Foundation Grant

“Established in 1978, the Acorn Foundation is a family foundation dedicated to supporting community-based organizations working to advance environmental conservation, sustainability and environmental justice.The Foundation’s name was taken from the street where the family lived. The Foundation is particularly interested in small and innovative community-based projects that engage in community organizing in order to- 1. Advocate for environmental health and justice, particularly in low-income communities, communities of color and indigenous communities, 2. Preserve and restore habitats supporting biological diversity and wildlife, and 3. Prevent or remedy toxic pollution.” (

  • Closing Dates– January 15th and June 15th
  • Eligibility
    • US community based organizations
    • Organizations that work in a low and moderate-income community
    • Organizations that engage in community, neighborhood, and/or workplace organizing
    • Organizations that engage in regular community and/or workplace outreach to build membership
    • Has a plan to plan and grow by getting more people involved
    • Organizations that have strong group leaders and board members
    • Organizations that have clear polices and/or institutional change objectives
    • Organizations that use collective action of members to bring  concerns to public officials and other decision-makers
    • Organizations that impact the daily lives of your members
    • Organizations have a strong leadership development program so that new people can become leaders and the group can continue to grow
    • Organization have an annual budget under $600,000
    • Organizations that have limited access to corporate, government, or mainstream sources of funding
    • Organizations that have strong fundraising plans that include a healthy amount of grassroots fundraising
    • Organizations that have IRS 501 (c) 3 tax exempt status or a fiscal sponsor who does
  • Letters of Inquiry– download form on then email to


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