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.

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“[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.”


Reinforcing vital connections and shared tools
2020 Honeycomb

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.

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¡SOMOS PRESENTE! seeks to build from trusted relationships to invest in the leadership of diverse Latinx & immigrant organizers.

Lead Steward:
Alianza Americas

Proposed Collaborators:

Alianza Americas and

Grant Amount: $125,000

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.

Lead Steward:
Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, Inc.

Proposed Collaborators:

Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, Inc., La Mujer Obrera, Lideres Campesinas, Rural Coalition

Grant Amount: $210,000

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.

Lead Steward:
Appalachian Voices

Proposed Collaborators:

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.

Lead Steward:
Collective Heritage Institute - Bioneers

Proposed Collaborators:

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.

Lead Steward:
Black Farmer Fund

Proposed Collaborators:

Black Farmer Fund (BFF), Corbin Hill Food Project (CHFP), Farm School NYC (FSNYC), Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust (NEFOC-LT), and Soul Fire Farm Institute (SFFI)

Grant Amount: $300,000

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.

Lead Steward:
Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute

Grant Amount: $275,000

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.

Lead Steward:
Cahaba Riverkeeper

Proposed Collaborators:

Cahaba Riverkeeper, Coosa Riverkeeper, Black Warrior Riverkeeper

Grant Amount: $45,000

Boots on the Ground

Boots on the Ground is a BIPOC-led & focused advocacy training school patterned after the Highlander School in Tennessee.

Lead Steward:
Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice

Proposed Collaborators:

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

Lead Steward:
The National Black Environmental Justice Network (Fiscally sponsored by the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice)

Grant Amount: $275,000

Bipartisan Policy Infrastructure Initiative

The Bipartisan Policy Infrastructure Initiative will co-create resources that serve as building blocks for durable, fair, bipartisan climate policy.

Lead Steward:


Grant Amount: $135,000

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.

Lead Steward:
Faith Action for Community Equity

Grant Amount: $25,000

From the Root - A Climate Justice Project

From the Root: A Climate Justice Project will build & strengthen the Florida climate justice & equity movement infrastructure.

Lead Steward:
Florida Immigrant Coalition

Proposed Collaborators:

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.

Lead Steward:
Ironbound Community Corporation

Proposed Collaborators:

Ironbound Community Corporation, New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance, Clean Water Fund

Grant Amount: $170,000

Democratizing our Data

Democratizing our Data will train an intergenerational community group to access, interpret & create data visualizations.

Lead Steward:
Kheprw Institute

Grant Amount: $50,000

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.

Lead Steward:
New York City Environmental Justice Alliance

Proposed Collaborators:

New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, UPROSE, PUSH Buffalo, Environmental Advocates of New York, New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

Grant Amount: $135,000

SWOP's Environmental Justice Organizing Hub

SWOP’s Environmental Justice Organizing Hub will support organizations in the Southwest region.

Lead Steward:
SouthWest Organizing Project

Proposed Collaborators:

The Center for Sustainable and Social Systems (CESSOS), Pueblo Action Alliance (PAA), Nuclear Issues Study Group, Wildcats Bloom Garden Program

Grant Amount: $100,000

Earth Hacks

Earth Hacks harnesses the power of hackathons to mobilize young scientists & engineers to help stop climate change at its source.

Lead Steward:
The Earth Hacks Foundation

Grant Amount: $48,000

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.

Lead Steward:
The Imani Group

Proposed Collaborators:

The Imani Group (SC) - Lead Organization, First Faith Baptist Church (NY), Ohio Interfaith Power and Light (OH), Mt. Zion Community Outreach (GA), Healthy4Purpose (SC)

Grant Amount: $75,000

Bears Ears Communications Hub - Restorative Justice for Bears Ears

Bears Ears Communications Hub will amplify Ancestral land management from Indigenous knowledge systems-based practices.

Lead Steward:
Utah Diné Bikéyah

Proposed Collaborators:

Utah Diné Bikéyah, Indigenous Environmental Network; Grand Canyon Trust; Conservation Lands Foundation, and Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition

Grant Amount: $170,000

Building a Climate Movement in a Conservative County

Building a “Guide to Incorporating Sustainability into Municipal Strategic Plans for Conservative Communities.”

Lead Steward:
Waukesha County Green Team

Grant Amount: $55,000

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.

Lead Steward:
We The People of Detroit

Proposed Collaborators:

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

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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.

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“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.

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“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

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