Building the critical infrastructure to power the environmental movement
Mosaic’s grant slate connects environmental and justice advocates and supports them with new tools to win.
“[We] are thrilled to develop and test innovative infrastructure, connections, and strategies that power up the climate justice movement, led by our communities most impacted by the multifaceted climate crisis. [We] will elevate and center Latinx migrant voices and bring together the power of intersectional identities — online and offline — toward systemic, transformational change.”
— ¡SOMOS PRESENTE!
Reinforcing vital connections and shared tools
Mosaic’s grants, totaling $3 million, cover our six “honeycomb” areas of infrastructure that strengthen vital connections between organizations and equip them with robust, shared tools. 91 co-applicants are directly collaborating on the 21 grant projects across 27 states, which collectively cover a full range of environmental and justice issues, including climate, water, air, toxics, food and agriculture, and land. The grant slate supports and expands a range of networks, democratizes data access, cultivates advocacy by groups newer to the movement, deepens organizing capacity, lifts leadership development and training opportunities, and advances new ways of thinking about environmental protection.
Centering justice, inclusivity, and effectiveness
Mosaic’s grant slate reflects the governance assembly’s belief that the initiative must be part of ensuring the environmental movement is equitable, just & inclusive. Ends in and of themselves, these principles also create the conditions for the entire movement’s progress and effectiveness. Consistent with Mosaic’s commitment to supporting and building bridges between organizations and approaches that reflect the political, geographic, and social diversity of the environmental movement, the funding portfolio also includes projects that expand the involvement of other constituencies that have not been well-represented in the movement. To learn more about the governance assembly’s first-year reflections and approach to this RFP, please see our grantmaking journey and a brief FAQ here.
Click on the tiles to learn more about Mosaic grantee partners and their movement infrastructure projects:
¡SOMOS PRESENTE! seeks to build from trusted relationships to invest in the leadership of diverse Latinx & immigrant organizers.
Campesinas Helping to Create a Safe and Healthy Mother Earth
Campesinas Helping to Create a Safe and Healthy Mother Earth aims to strengthen a network of farmworker health & safety organizations.
Building Movement Infrastructure to Achieve Energy Democracy in the South
Building Movement Infrastructure to Achieve Energy Democracy in the South invests in frontline communities to lead the clean energy transition.
Energy Justice North Carolina: Appalachian Voices, 350 Triangle, Alliance for Climate Education, Alliance for Energy Democracy, Concerned Citizens of Maxton, Center for Biological Diversity, Down East Coal Ash Coalition, Friends of the Earth, NC Climate Justice Collective, NC Environmental Justice Network, NC WARN, Protecting Progress in Durham, Rachel Carson Council, RedTailed Hawk Collective Tennessee Valley Energy Democracy Movement: Appalachian Voices, Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM), Sunrise TN, Science for the People, Tennessee Alliance for Progress, Energy Alabama, Climate Reality Project Memphis - Mid South region.
Grant Amount: $100,000
Rights of Nature Tribal Governance
Rights of Nature Tribal Governance aims to build capacity and provide technical support for tribes incorporating the rights of nature.
Collective Heritage Institute (d.b.a. Bioneers) Colorado Plateau Intertribal Conversations Havasupai Tribal Council Member, Carletta Tiousi Chemehuevi Indian Tribe, Cara Romero and Kostan Lathouris Ponca Nation Tribal Council Member, Casey Camp 12 Clans Incorporated, LLC, David Greendeer - Vice Chairman Heron Hill, LLC, Danielle Hill Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights Lester Marston - Chemehuevi General Council Indigenous Environmental Network
Grant Amount: $100,000
Creating a Racially Just, Regenerative Food System
Creating a Racially Just, Regenerative Food System intends to create a more coordinated, streamlined pathway to Black farmers’ success.
Connecting Black Voters to Climate Justice & Energy Equity
Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute’s goal is to increase power in marginalized, predominantly Black communities.
The Three Rivers Project (TRIP)
TRIP is a collaboration of the Cahaba, Black Warrior & Coosa Riverkeepers to accomplish one project within each of six priority areas.
Boots on the Ground
Boots on the Ground is a BIPOC-led & focused advocacy training school patterned after the Highlander School in Tennessee.
Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice, Nuestros Vecinos, East End Neighborhood Revitalization Zone, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, UPROSE, and National Black Environmental Justice Network
Grant Amount: $92,000
The National Black Environmental Justice Network
The National Black Environmental Justice Network builds grassroots power & leadership through advocacy, policy & communications
Bipartisan Policy Infrastructure Initiative
The Bipartisan Policy Infrastructure Initiative will co-create resources that serve as building blocks for durable, fair, bipartisan climate policy.
Bipartisan and Equitable Alliances for Environmental Justice
Bipartisan & Equitable Alliances for Environmental Justice will organize a network of interfaith, intergenerational, & BIPOC community advocates in Hawaii.
From the Root - A Climate Justice Project
From the Root: A Climate Justice Project will build & strengthen the Florida climate justice & equity movement infrastructure.
Catalyst Miami (CM), Central Florida Jobs with Justice (CF-JwJ), Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC), Miami Climate Alliance (MCA), WeCount! Family Action Network Movement (FANM), Farmworkers Association of Florida (FWAF)
Grant Amount: $300,000
Righting the Rules That Shape Our Lives
Right the Rules That Shape Our Lives assures implementation of S232, the strongest EJ law in the country, is led by EJ community groups & allies.
Democratizing our Data
Democratizing our Data will train an intergenerational community group to access, interpret & create data visualizations.
Building The Just Transition For The Next Decade
Building the Just Transition for the Next Decade will create processes to advance community visions in New York state.
SWOP's Environmental Justice Organizing Hub
SWOP’s Environmental Justice Organizing Hub will support organizations in the Southwest region.
Earth Hacks harnesses the power of hackathons to mobilize young scientists & engineers to help stop climate change at its source.
The Black Church - The Green Movement
The Black Church: The Green Movement will elevate the voice of the Black Church on the impacts of climate change & environmental justice.
Bears Ears Communications Hub - Restorative Justice for Bears Ears
Bears Ears Communications Hub will amplify Ancestral land management from Indigenous knowledge systems-based practices.
Building a Climate Movement in a Conservative County
Building a “Guide to Incorporating Sustainability into Municipal Strategic Plans for Conservative Communities.”
Preparing for Our Future - Great Lakes TechHub Infrastructure
Great Lakes Blue Network/ Tech Hub intends to construct tech hubs to build sustained power for systemic change by sharing resources & tools.
Anchoring Partners - PHASE 1: We The People of Detroit; Toledo Junction; Flint Development Center; Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians; Great Lakes; People of Color Water Camp PHASE 2: Milwaukee Water Commons; Little Havos - Chicago; Cleveland, OH; Benton Harbor, MI; Buffalo, NY
Grant Amount: $215,000
Shifting power through participation: how Mosaic works
Mosaic’s design and structure reflects a new approach that shifts power to environmental and justice advocates and activists doing the work. Mosaic’s diverse 16-member governance assembly of field leaders reviewed over 400 proposals and made grant decisions during an intensive two-month process. The assembly’s ability to collaborate in new ways reflects Mosaic’s vision of a more inclusive movement capable of resolving differences, centering equity, and generating the power needed to meet the scale of environmental challenges.
“Mosaic’s inclusive focus is reflected in the initiative’s design and structure. A diverse 16-member governance assembly leads the initiative. It’s an honor to be among some of the nation’s most accomplished environmental and justice leaders involved in identifying Mosaic’s grant slate, making Mosaic an innovative model for participatory grantmaking.”
— Abigail Dillen, Governance Assembly Member and President, Earthjustice
Launching MosaicConnect: Sharing information & fostering connections
Mosaic received 455 funding requests collectively totaling $126 million. Consistent with its focus on enhancing collaboration and in recognition of the value of all of the work proposed, Mosaic is launching a sharing space in March 2021, called MosaicConnect, to provide information to funders and other stakeholders on all proposals received that met the RFP’s eligibility requirements. Combined with a Trends Snapshot that provides data on and analysis of the proposal set, MosaicConnect will provide a picture of the infrastructure needs of the movement, according to a large number of movement participants.
“The funding from Mosaic will allow [us] to build grassroots power and leadership through advocacy, policy & communications. It's an investment in and support of transformational change.”
— National Black Environmental Justice Network