The BEA Fund was born out of a shared recognition that in order for the environmental movement to be successful, it must support and resource grassroots groups to institutionalize community-based solutions to the ecological crisis.
The BEA will move $10 million towards advancing the climate and environmental justice movements to help ensure that the grassroots sector has the necessary resources to replicate, expand, and scale its impact to create lasting solutions on the ground. We believe that when grassroots organizations are resourced, and positioned in partnership with Greens and philanthropic allies, tremendous progress is possible.
BEA Funds will be distributed by a grassroots-led grantmaking team who knows where and how to best use resources in the field. Our 2018 Fund Advisory Board has three grassroots representatives, one green representative and one funder representative:
- Angela Adrar, Climate Justice Alliance
- Robert Friedman, NRDC
- Kat Gilje, Ceres Trust
- Richard Moore, Los Jardines Institute
- Kim Wasserman, LVEJO
The BEA Fund uses rigorous criteria and a transparent grantmaking framework to support the grassroots organizing sector to advance the environmental and climate justice movement.