Leveraging Federal Funding for Climate Justice in Midwestern Frontline Communities

September 30, 2022 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm America/New York Timezone

Leveraging Federal Funding for Climate Justice in Midwestern Frontline Communities

Six philanthropic networks invite interested nonprofit, health, academic, philanthropic, and government partners to join two virtual meetings. Details of the 9/30 and 10/6 events follow. Please register separately for each event of interest by clicking the registration buttons below.

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This meeting will discuss pathways for federal resources with high relevance for climate justice work in the Midwest, with a focus on funding managed by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Midwestern stakeholders from government, philanthropy, the health and environmental sectors, and community groups are invited to learn about how environmentally-focused federal funds can help frontline communities address climate change, public health, and environmental justice challenges.

The meeting will be moderated by Donele Wilkins, Green Door Initiative, and open with a presentation from Matthew Tejada, Director of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Justice, and Alan Walts, Director, Tribal and Multi-media Programs Office at US EPA Region 5. We will also hear from Rowzat Shipchandler, Director of Programs and Strategic Initiatives, Minnesota Department of Human Services (former Deputy Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Human Rights), and Dale Asis, Finance Director, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization. Speakers will discuss mechanisms for supporting effective solutions that engage local partners and strengthen community capacity while creating room for participant comments and questions.

Presenters and participants will be invited to:

  • Highlight timely federal funding applications and decision-making points that will be critical for Midwestern participants working on climate justice issues; and
  • Suggest concrete actions to help ensure frontline communities benefit from the public funding programs.

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Who is sponsoring these events? The Climate and Energy Funders Group (CEFG), Grantmakers In Health (GIH), the Health and Environmental Funders Network (HEFN), the Neighborhood Funders Group’s Midwest Organizing Infrastructure Funders, the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (SAFSF), and The Funders Network (TFN).

Who is invited to participate? The sponsors invite registrations from foundations, grantmaker associations, nonprofits, health professionals, academia, local and Tribal governments, community groups, and others working to advance climate, health, and/or environmental justice. The sponsors reserve the right to approve or disapprove registrations.

What parts of the Midwest is this relevant for? The meetings will focus on funding flows in federal Regions 5 (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin) and/or 7 (Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, and Kansas). Each meeting may have speakers from one or both regions.  You do not need to work in these regions to participate in the webinars.

Where can I learn more? Visit the Investing at the Frontlines of Climate Change:  A Funder Toolkit on Climate, Health, and Equity to learn about:

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Willing to share what you’re doing? The meeting sponsors would like to learn and share back information about organizations addressing climate change, health, and equity issues in the Midwest, to help us foster connections across philanthropic, nonprofit, health, government and other stakeholders supporting people and places impacted by climate change. Please share a little information with us about your organization and work, via this survey. The survey will offer you the options of:

  • Sharing your information only with the funder network sponsors, opting out of any other information exchange;
  • Having your organization included in a contact list shared with virtual meeting participants; and/or
  • Adding your organization’s name to the list of organizations in the Investing at the Frontlines of Climate Change toolkit.