EDF’s 2021 Summer of Action Program

Environmental Defense Fund
Last date: 
Friday, May 7, 2021
United States

Detailed Description

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) invites you to submit a proposal to the 2021 Summer of Action grant program to help organizations amplify their existing federal advocacy efforts around the urgent need for resilient communities, climate and health equity, climate action, electrifying the transportation sector and ramping up clean energy investments, as well as support efforts serving vital constituencies.

EDF is also interested in proposals identifying work supporting democratic processes, such as voting access and voting reform. Preference will be granted to proposals that creatively engage federal lawmakers this summer and into the fall.

The structure of this funding does not allow grant proposals to advocate for specific legislation.

2021 Theme

  • Powering up America: Healthy communities, healthy policies, and healthy democratic institutions

Funding Information

  • This is the fifth year EDF has awarded Summer of Action grants with awards ranging from $5k to $20K.

Geographical Focus

  • EDF will prioritize organizations working in the following states: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, Nevada, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.

Selection process

Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrates an urgent call for Congress and/or the Biden administration to act on clean energy, climate impacts, electrifying transportation, equity, democracy work, and/or health
  • Engages federal lawmakers in target states in alignment with public health guidance
  • Does NOT advocate for a specific legislative proposal
  • Presents clear metrics for success and reporting on activities


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