CEH Justice Fund

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CEH JF Feedback Form (MS Word)

CEH JF Feedback Form (PDF)


The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) is an Oakland-based nonprofit organization that helps protect the public from toxic chemicals. As an important part of our work, we file public interest lawsuits against corporate polluters who endanger the health of children, families, and communities in California. Our cases have:

  • stopped a central dry cleaning repository from exposing workers and residents of a low- income neighborhood to cancer-causing chemicals;
  • forced companies to remove lead from candy, baby powder, and jewelry; and
  • led to industry changes that are now protecting public health throughout California and beyond.

Our victories in these lawsuits sometimes force polluters to pay settlements to our organization. We set aside part of these settlement funds to provide small grants to grassroots, community-based organizations that serve and are led by low-income people, people of color, Indigenous peoples, and residents of disproportionately affected communities in California.

The Center for Environmental Health makes these donations through an annual grant cycle through our Community Environmental Action and Justice Fund (the Justice Fund). The amount of money available for Justice Fund grants varies from year to year, depending on the success of our lawsuits and the amount of the settlement awards. Groups that have been funded for more than four years may be considered for smaller grant amounts.

The majority of Justice Fund grants will range in size from $250 – $5,000. In 2014, we received applications from 35 organizations and made 20 grants totaling just over $80,000. To date since 2002, we have made over 175 grants totaling almost $450,000 to fund critical environmental justice work across California.


Grants are awarded to 501(c)(3) organizations (or projects fiscally sponsored by 501(c)(3) organizations) working in pursuit of environmental justice and community empowerment in California. The Justice Fund Committee will only consider applications from California grassroots, community-based environmental justice groups with annual budgets of less than $500,000. The Committee usually does not fund local chapters of larger organizations.

Most grants will be for specific campaigns, projects, or activities, such as attendance at conferences and trainings, strategic planning, producing outreach materials, or providing internship stipends. However, the Justice Fund will also consider applications for general operating support, emergency assistance, and for filling small gaps in organizations’ budgets. Grants will not be made to government agencies or to support religious activities or lobbying.  Grants will only be made to groups led by and serving low-income communities in the state of California in support of environmental justice efforts.

Note:  Successful grant applications will show how your organization’s values align with ours and, as specifically as possible, how the award will directly support a project or program that addresses environmental justice. If you are applying for funds to support a project/program on economic, food, or transportation justice, please be as explicit as possible in describing how these issues directly affect environmental justice in the communities your organization is working in.

APPLICATION FORM INSTRUCTIONS: In order to streamline this process for your organization and CEH, we ask that if possible, please use the online application. If for some reason you cannot use the online application, you can also use the MS Word and PDF versions that can be downloaded from our website. To be considered for funding during the current grant cycle, please submit your application and all supporting materials by Friday, April 15th to the online application (preferred) or if using MS word/PDF versions email to: isa@ceh.org with the subject line, “Justice Fund Application.”

We cannot consider incomplete applications, so please submit your completed application, including your 501(c)(3) letter or that of your fiscal sponsor, and all other attachments requested below by the April 15th deadline. We prefer to receive applications online (and in one consolidated PDF file, if using MS Word or PDF), but we can also accept hard copies via USPS mail at this address:

Center for Environmental Health – Justice Fund
2201 Broadway, Suite 302
Oakland, CA 94612

Application is now closed


CEH JF Feedback Form (MS Word)

CEH JF Feedback Form (PDF)