BEA Fund

Frontline communities experience some of the first and most serious impacts of environmental injustice. Despite their rich analysis, lived experience of these injustices, and their leadership in creating solutions to address root causes, they continue to be under-funded and under-resourced. The BEA Fund emerged from a shared recognition that for the environmental movement to be successful, grassroots groups must be supported and resourced to institutionalize community-based solutions to the ecological crisis.

To Fuel the Grassroots Sector and create meaningful change for frontline communities, the BEA Fund prioritizes the leadership of groups most impacted by environmental injustices. We promote four interlinked elements: 

  1. Support Community Organizing at the Forefront of Change
  2. Build Partnerships Across Sectors and Geographies
  3. Advance a Just Transition
  4. Build the Capacity of the Grassroots Sector

The 2021 BEA Fund Grant Review Committee is composed of a diverse group of grassroots, green, and funder ally leaders. Their expertise will guide decision-making for the Fueling the Grassroots Sector | 2021 Call for Applications

The 2021 BEA Fund Grant Review Committee: 

  • Susana Almanza, PODER, grassroots organizing sector
  • Emily Southard, 350.org, green representative 
  • Penny Dryden, Community Housing & Empowerment Connections Inc., grassroots organizing sector
  • Maria Lopez, Ironbound Community Corporation, grassroots organizing sector
  • Beto Lugo Martinez, CleanAirNow, grassroots organizing sector
  • Kimberly Middleton, Tides, funder ally
  • Amy Panek, Park Foundation, funder ally
  • Jessica Thomas, Union of Concerned Scientists, green representative 
  • Carlos Daniel Torrealba, Central Florida Jobs with Justice, grassroots organizing sector

BEA is pleased to share the grantees of the 2021 BEA Fund cycle. To view grantees from previous cycles, please refer to the links in the upper right column. 

For more information, contact Linda Saleh, Program Officer, BEA Fund at @email