Climate & Environment:

In 2021, Laughing Gull Foundation launched its Climate & Environment program. This program aims to decrease greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. South. We are not currently accepting applications but feel free to email a one-page introduction to introductions@laughinggull.org to share information about your work.

Laughing Gull Foundation Launches Its Climate & Environment Program with $450,000 in Grants to Organizations In The U.S. South... Read more

Current Grantees

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Amplify Fund believes that community power is the key driver of just and equitable development. As a funder collaborative, Amplify Fund supports Black, Indigenous, people of color and low-income communities to build power and to influence decision about the places they live and work. Amplify centers racial justice and believes in following the wisdom and guidance of local leaders. In 2022, Laughing Gull Foundation (LGF) awarded Amplify Fund a 3-year grant to support BIPOC and low-income communities.

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Appalachian Voices brings people together to protect the land, air, and water of Central and Southern Appalachia and advance a just transition to a generative and equitable clean energy economy. Appalachian Voices equips the communities they serve with resources to build and sustain successful grassroots campaigns that reduce the impacts of fossil fuels and advance inclusive climate and clean energy solutions. In 2022, LGF awarded Appalachian Voices a 3-year grant for general operating support.

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Building Equity & Alignment for Environmental Justice (BEA) envisions a future in which grassroots groups lead and inform environmental movements. BEA’s mission is to foster authentic cross-sector relationships to advance the progress of the environmental movement towards a just transition. BEA shifts power and resources from institutions to grassroots leadership to transform the environmental movement. In 2021, LGF awarded BEA a 3-year grant for grantmaking to environmental justice groups in the Southeast.

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The Black Family Land Trust, Inc. (BFLT), a niche land trust based in North Carolina, is one of the nation’s only conservation land trusts dedicated to the preservation and protection of African-American and other historically underserved landowners assets. BFLT believes that land should be a performing asset for current and future generations. In 2022, LGF awarded a BFLT a 3-year grant for general operating support.

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The Center for Heirs' Property Preservation (the Center) has a mission of protecting heirs' property and promoting the sustainable use of land to provide increased economic benefit to historically underserved families to build wealth through education, legal services and forestry technical assistance. These services help low-income landowners protect, build, and maintain land, which ultimately helps improve economic conditions and transforms communities. In 2021, LGF awarded the Center a 3-year grant for general operating support. 

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The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund is a non-profit association of Black farmers, landowners, and cooperatives from all across the South. The organization's mission is to be a catalyst for the development of self-supporting communities via cooperative economic development, land retention and advocacy. The Federation envisions sustainable rural communities that are supported by a network of farmers, landowners, and cooperatives and credit unions, which are all based on local control and ownership and are centered around land based economic development and wealth creation. In 2022, LGF awarded The Federation  a one-year grant for general operating support.

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The Georgia Conservation Voters Education Fund (GCVEF) fights to protect the air, water, and land. GCVEF envisions a future where Georgians place a high priority on building a sustainable and resilient state. GCVEF's mission is to mobilize Georgians to advance climate and environmental justice through education, advocacy, and other forms of civic engagement. In 2021, LGF awarded GCVEF a 3-year grant for general operating support.

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The Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy's Gulf South for a Green New Deal (GulfSouth4GND) initiative is a regional formation of more than 200 organizations advancing long-existing work towards climate, racial, and economic justice across the Gulf South. Rooted in bottom-up organizing and driven by frontline leadership, GulfSouth4GND moves together on policy, regional action campaigns, and strategic communications. In 2022, LGF awarded the GCCLP GulfSouth4GND initiative a 3-year grant for general operating support.

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The Land Loss Prevention Project (LLPP) assists low-income individuals and families in North Carolina by providing direct legal representation, technical assistance, and education to protect their homes, land, farms, and rural livelihoods from loss or diminution and to foster agricultural entrepreneurship and a healthy food system. In 2021, LGF awarded LLPP a 3-year grant for general operating support.

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New Virginia Majority Education Fund (NVMEF) works to create a powerful multi-issue, multi-racial movement to transform Virginia through large-scale civic engagement, issue advocacy, community organizing, and strategic communications.  NVMEF organizes within Latinx, African American, Asian American Pacific Islander, and youth communities, centering the leadership and demands of working-class women of color. Together, those communities vote, mobilize, and engage to end mass incarceration, build just economic policies, protect immigrants and preserve the environment. In 2021, LGF awarded NVMEF a 3-year grant for general operating support.

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The NC Climate Justice Collective (NCCJC) is a multi-racial, intergenerational movement ecosystem rooted in the communities who are first and worst impacted by climate and environmental harms. NCCJC centers their work in the leadership of youth, indigenous peoples, people of color, women, financially poor, and LGBTQI+ people to create strategic alignment. Using popular education and cultural organizing, NCCJC addresses the root causes of climate change and plants the seeds of a life-sustaining, regenerative society. In 2021, LGF awarded NCCJC a 3-year grant for general operating support.

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The Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE) advances policies and institutional actions that promote racial equity and shared prosperity for all in the growth of metropolitan Atlanta and the American South. PSE's Just Energy program represents an equity ecosystem of frontline communities, subject-matter experts, houses of worship, youth movements, and academia organizing together to engage marginalized communities and communities of color about the sourcing and commodification of power generation in Georgia. In 2021, LGF awarded PSE a 3-year project grant.

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The Power Coalition for Equity & Justice is a team of organizations who believe in the power of community and taking action. Their goal is to equip fellow Louisianians with the knowledge and information they need to find their voice, and learn where and when to use it. In 2022, LGF awarded The Power Coalition a 3-year grant for general operating support.

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The RedTailed Hawk Collective (RTHC) serves a critical role in raising attention to tribal culture and natural resource concerns that are routinely ignored by project developers and to strengthen and amplify the Native voice, which is often unnoticed by mainstream environmental organizations and media. The mission of the RTHC is to support indigenous peoples' self-determination in the 21st century and in so doing recognize their commitment to the integrity of the natural and animal world. In 2022, LGF awarded the RedTailed Hawk Collective a 3-year grant for general operating support.

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The Rural Empowerment Association for Community Help (REACH) seeks to address potential health effects from living close to industrial agricultural facilities, which are greatly affected by climate change and environmental factors.These factors cause problems stemming from mental and emotional oppression, economic inadequacies, unemployment, educational needs, and limited youth services. REACH supports the community to learn about climate change and the environmental impacts of hurricanes. In 2022, LGF awarded REACH a 3-year grant for general operating support.

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The Southeast Climate & Energy Network (SCEN) facilitates strategic coordination and equitable resource generation to amplify and build power with members. SCEN believes that local organizations are best positioned to bring about equitable and sustainable energy systems across the Southeast when sharing a common vision and collaborating with a broad range of partners. In 2021, LGF awarded SCEN a 3-year grant for general operating support.

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Southwest Georgia Project educates, engages, and empowers communities and uses a variety of programs and strategies to advance real social change in Southwest Georgia and beyond. In 2022, LGF awarded Southwest  Georgia Project a 2-year grant for general operating support.

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Virginia Organizing is a non-partisan statewide grassroots organization dedicated to challenging injustice by empowering people in local communities to address issues that affect the quality of their lives. Virginia Organizing especially encourages the participation of those who have traditionally had little or no voice in our society. By building relationships with individuals and groups throughout the state, Virginia Organizing strives to get them to work together, democratically and non-violently, for change. In 2022, LGF awarded Virginia Organizing a 3-year grant for general operating support.