WI EJII ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF GRANTS FOR DIVERSE ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 13, 2022 For more information, contact: Jess Haven, Walnut Way Conservation Corp. jhaven@walnutway.org, (414) 336-9095 WISCONSIN ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE AND INFRASTRUCTURE INITIATIVE ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF GRANTS FOR DIVERSE ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS EJII providing $1,000-$10,000 grants to organizations to aid in raising awareness on environmental justice issues MILWAUKEE - Today, the Wisconsin Environmental Justice and Infrastructure Initiative (EJII) announced Capacity Building Grants to aid Wisconsin advocacy organizations in need of support in raising community awareness on environmental justice issues. EJII will be offering grants ranging from $1,000 - $10,000 to organizations for the purpose of increasing community-wide awareness of climate change. The funds are designed to assist Wisconsin-based organizations in building the technical capacity and skills to support the EJII’s collective environmental justice and climate resilience work across the state of Wisconsin. The EJII seeks to unite diverse grassroots environmental organizations and develop an innovative approach that assists communities of color in receiving the resources, support and recognition they need to foster transformative environmental impact. As a coalition, the EJII provides numerous environmental organizations with educational and financial resources while aligning around common goals that ignite equitable public access and influence around infrastructure investments to benefit communities across the state of Wisconsin. “Environmental Justice affects us all in different ways and for some, the effects are far more severe because of the compounding impact of existing social and economic inequities,” said Antonio Butts, Executive Director for Walnut Way Conservation Corp, the organization facilitating the Wisconsin EJII. “EJII is an effort to increase participation, resources and influence of impacted communities across Wisconsin, partnering to address environmental justice and infrastructure issues.” Grant recipients will receive mentorship from other successful environment organizations such as Walnut Way Conservation Corp, a nonprofit neighborhood organization and the lead organization for the EJII. Recipients will also be required to attend:

  • Six one-hour monthly EJII meetings;

  • An in-person EJII kickoff event in Milwaukee on December 8 and 9;

  • Annual virtual EJII convening; and

  • Racial Equity Primer & Climate Resilience Virtual Workshops

Applications are due by Midnight, Friday, November 4, 2022. To learn more about the Wisconsin Environmental Justice and Infrastructure Initiative and to apply for a Capacity Building Grant please visit: www.ejicwisconsin.org/practices. ### About Walnut Way Conservation Corps. Walnut Way Conservation Corp. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit neighborhood organization founded in 2000 by Lindsay Heights residents to reclaim and redevelop the economic health and vitality of their community. In the years since, Walnut Way and its partners have rolled out a series of successful and innovative programs and initiatives addressing the neighborhood’s most pressing economic, environmental, and health issues. The Walnut Way Center is located in a carefully renovated, formally infamous drug house. Understanding the importance of valuing place, residents restored this 1910 home that was slated for demolition into an active center where youth, families, elders, homeowners, and renters participate in community development. Learn more at www.walnutway.org.


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