The BEAI 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 BEAI Fund promotes four interlinked elements: 1) Support Community Organizing at the Forefront of Change; 2) Build Partnerships Across Sectors and Geographies; 3) Advance a Just Transition; and 4) Build the Capacity of the Grassroots Sector.
The BEA is partnered with Grassroots International to move funds 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. Together, we believe that when grassroots organizations are resourced, and positioned in partnership with Greens and philanthropic allies, tremendous progress is possible.
The BEAI Fund at Grassroots International works closely with the BEAI Fund Advisory Board, an entity made up of grassroots, greens, and funder representatives. The Fund seeks to support organizations with approaches that could include: mutual aid to meet community needs; addressing impacts of pollution and environmental injustice; agroecology, food sovereignty, and rebuilding of local farms; energy democracy; water protection and access; promotion of solidarity economies; advancing women’s leadership; popular education; policy work; and movement building toward long-term systemic change.