Grassroots Organizing for a Clean Energy, Forest Positive, Socially Just Future

Grassroots organizing has frequently been able to move the needle on pressing social issues, and it is increasingly clear that organizing plays an essential role in environmental action and advocacy. The Bioenergy team seeks to partner more closely with grassroots organizations in the southeastern U.S. and Canada where the strategy supports civil society organizations working towards a clean energy and forest-positive future with social justice at its heart. Last year was the first time the Bioenergy team hosted an RFP of this kind and through the process selected seven new grantee partners.

In order to develop new partnerships, the Packard Foundation’s Bioenergy strategy is issuing a request for project proposals to grassroots organizations based in the U.S. South or Canada that have programs focused on frontline community organizing and power-building around social, environmental, or climate justice in one of the following issue areas:

  • Forest protection and community land rights
  • Frontline community organizing and power-building around social, environment, or climate justice
  • Combating extractive energy industries (i.e., oil, gas, bioenergy)

Applicants must be headquartered in Alberta or British Columbia, Canada or one of the following states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, or South Carolina. Organizations led by Black and Indigenous people and other people of color, as well as organizations located in geographically remote locations, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please find the full guidelines here.


Expressions of interest must be received by 5PM PST on Tuesday April 26, 2022


Questions regarding the RFP and Expression of Interest should be sent to Genora Givens.