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18.1.17

Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN)
Western Mining Action Network (WMAN)
 
2016-2017 Grassroots Communities Mining Mini-Grant Program
Reminder to All Mining Impacted Communities!
 
Our next deadline for applications the Indigenous Environmental Network's/WMAN Mining Mini-Grant Program is February 1, 2017Please note that we have a new email address for submission of proposals and reports: minigrants@wman-info.org. We ask that you use this new address to ensure receipt of your materials and consideration of your application. We cannot guarantee your application will be considered if you do not submit it electronically to this new email address.
 
The goal of the Mining Mini-grants Program is to support and enhance the capacity building efforts of mining-impacted communities in the U.S. and Canada to assure that mining projects do not adversely affect human, cultural, and the ecological health of communities.
 
Applications accepted are accepted three times a year: June, October, and February. Applicants will be notified of the funding decision within one month of the application deadline.

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Please note that we have a new email address for submission of proposals and reports: minigrants@wman-info.org. We ask that you use this new address to ensure receipt of your materials and consideration of your application. We cannot guarantee your application will be considered if you do not submit it electronically to this new email address.
 
There will be an “emergency” fund for extremely time-sensitive projects that fall between grant cycles (i.e., needs that could not have been anticipated at the time of the last cycle and cannot wait to be addressed until the next cycle). These grants will be very limited and awarded on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Mini-Grant Review Committee.
 
This year, we want to begin highlighting the accomplishments and successes of the organizations that receive our funding.  We ask that when you compile your report, you include one sentence that sums up how you used the funding or achieved a successful conclusion of your work with the mini-grant funding.  This information will be shared with funders, other WMAN and IEN participants, and on our websites.  
 
WMAN/IEN Grassroots Communities Mining Mini-grants program criteria:
As stated above, the goal of this program is:

To support and enhance the capacity building efforts of mining-impacted communities in the U.S. and Canada to assure that mining projects do not adversely affect human, cultural, and the ecological health of communities.


Grant proposals submitted to this program should reflect that goal. In addition, they must meet all of the following criteria:

1) Priority will be given to US and Canadian community-based grassroots groups directly affected by mining. Secondarily, we will also accept proposals from regional or national organizations in the US and Canada working on mining- specific issues. Projects proposed should be directly related to one or more mining issues (closed/abandoned mine issues needing citizen attention are included and do fit this program).
 
2)  Unfortunately, we are not able, at this time, to fund proposals related to oil, gas or tarsands issues. We hope in the future to see funding established to provide community-based grants to groups addressing those important issues.
 
3)  Grassroots community-based organizations, regional and national organizations, and tribes, tribal programs, and First Nations organizations in the U.S. and Canada with any budget level may apply. However, if there are more applicants than funds available, priority will be given to organizations with an organizational or mining-specific project budget under $75,000 U.S..
 
4)  At least half of our grants will be awarded to indigenous-led groups.
 
5)  We prefer to make grants to organizations with a nonprofit 501(c)3 tax designation, or those working with a fiscal sponsor that has a 501(c)3, however this is not a requirement. We do not, however, write grant checks to individuals. For all US-based groups to whom we write a check we need an EIN number.
 
6)  Requests must be project-specific for an immediate need such as legal assistance, organizing and outreach, development of campaign materials, media development, reports, travel, mailings, interns and consultants, etc. to be fulfilled within the next six months on a specific mining campaign. Funds cannot be used for an organization’s usual general operating funds, staff salaries, rent or telephone bills.
 
7)  Priority will be given to projects that build bridges and community across socio- economic and cultural lines.
 
8)  Applicants may receive one grant per twelve-month cycle. However, this limit does not apply to emergency grants.
 
9)  Each grant issued will not exceed $3,000 U.S.
 
10) Within six months after receiving the grant, recipients must submit a 1-2 page report to Western Organization of Resource Councils (WORC) Education Project by emailing it to: minigrants@wman-info.org. In that report, please answer the following two questions: 1) Please describe how the grant funds were used and outcomes of this investment (how did these funds benefit your issue or programs?), and 2) how specific dollar amounts were used (for example: $1000 printing, $800 plane ticket, $150 hotel, $1050 public meeting expenses = total $3000). If your organization needs an extension for using the funds and/or sending the report, that is fine, but please contact Mary and Simone to let us know. Please be aware that a group will not be considered for future grants until such a report is submitted.
 
11) In your report, we ask that you include one sentence that sums up how you used the funding or achieved a successful conclusion of your work with the funding.  We want to share your success with others on our website and elsewhere.  For example: “Mini-grant funding enabled us to hire a hydrologist who characterized and mapped our watershed to predict dewatering impacts from the proposed Axis copper mine in southern Arizona.”

Any questions? We are happy to help. Please contact either Simone Senogles, Indigenous Environmental Network, (218) 751-4967 simone@ienearth.org,  or Mary Costello, WMAN Network Coordinator at (208) 610-4896 . You can also email us your questions: minigrants@wman-info.org.


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