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What kind of work do we fund?

We fund campaigns and projects designed to advance environmental justice. We also assist community-based organisations to strengthen their organisational capacity, develop their leadership, build their networks and build their sustainability over the long term. 

We have a broad understanding of ‘environmental justice’.  This approach is informed by a recognition of the interconnectedness of different struggles, and forms part of EJF’s commitment to inclusivity.  EJF might support work on: Climate justice and the Just Transition; Air pollution; Mining; Food sovereignty; Water; Defence of Ocean and Coastal commons; Waste; Ecofeminism (projects that are about the relationship between gender equality and the environment); Eco socialism (projects merging aspects of socialism with green politics, ecology and anti-globalisation); Land rights; Promotion of indigenous knowledge; Alternative sustainable livelihoods; Environmental health; Access to environmental information; and Community participation in decision-making around natural resources. This is not a closed list, and we will consider applications outside of these areas if they still fall within the ambit of environmental justice.



Rapid response grant

We understand that sometimes it is not possible to predict things in advance and can therefore provide small, limited rapid-response grants to support urgent responses to unforeseen crisis. EJF is particularly mindful of the risks that activists face which sometimes mean the need for urgent action to keep someone safe. You can apply for a rapid response grant at any time by sending a WhatsApp to 078 291 0014 or an email to with the subject line RAPID RESPONSE GRANT APPLICATION introducing yourself and your organisation, explaining the situation, why it is an emergency, what the money is needed for and how much is requested.  You must provide a contact number, and send any relevant supporting documentation you have.  Applications for rapid-response grants are decided on by EJF staff, who aim to provide a response to an application within 48 hours. 

Who can apply?

To be eligible you must be:

  1. An organisation or network based in, and part of, the community you serve;
  2. Working on environmental justice; and
  3. In South Africa

For more information on EJF’s approach, download the Granting Framework in English, isiZulu, Afrikaans, Sepedi, Sesotho and Setswana.

For a summary of the application process download this Infographic in English, isiZulu, Afrikaans, Sesotho, Sepedi and Setswana. 


When can you apply?

Applications are currently closed. 

What size are our grants?

Usually between R50 000 and R100 000.

What is the duration of our grants?

All our grants are 1 year.

Where do we operate?

In South Africa.

We are not currently accepting applications.