Grantee Selection Criteria

CAF grants are awarded to outstanding community groups who fit the following criteria.

Project must fit one of two basic categories:

  • Local resistance by frontline and impacted communities to prevent the extraction of fossil fuels such as coal, tar sands, oil and gas. 
  • Local resistance by frontline and impacted communities to decommission or to prevent the construction of large point sources of greenhouse gas emissions. (A large point source is defined as any source larger than 100,000 tons of CO2.) 

Application must meet the following two criteria:

  • Involves community organizing and mobilization as a major strategy towards achieving its goal.
  • Achievement of applicant goals would result in a significant positive climate mitigation impact.

All applicants must be registered as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization or must be represented or fiscally sponsored by one.  CAF does not support individual, governmental or exclusively academic projects. Grants generally do not exceed $2,500. Certain components of projects with larger budgets can be funded when those components significantly contribute to the project’s final outcome.  Projects that fit the funding criteria will be financed in accordance with their urgency and the availability of funds. Communities of color and/or low-income communities will receive priority in funding.

Grant applications are reviewed quarterly.

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