The Norman Foundation supports efforts throughout the U.S. that strengthen the ability of communities to determine their own economic, environmental, and social well-being, and that help people control those forces that affect their lives.
These efforts may:
- promote economic justice and development through community organizing, coalition building, and policy reform efforts;
- work to prevent the disposal of toxic waste in communities, and to link environmental issues with economic and social justice; and,
- link community-based economic and environmental justice organizing to national and international reform efforts.
The Foundation provides grants for general support, projects, and collaborative efforts. Innovative proposals designed to build the capacity of social change organizations working in the Foundation's areas of interest are also welcome. Priority is given to organizations with annual budgets of under $1 million.
The Foundation does not make grants to/for:
- individuals or universities;
- conferences, scholarships, research, films, or media or arts projects; or,
- capital funding projects, fundraising drives, or direct social service programs, such as shelters or community health programs.
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