WMAN mining mini-grants program – Oct 1 deadline

Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN) and Western Mining Action Network (WMAN) 2011- 2012 Grassroots Communities Mining Mini-Grant Program


The Western Mining Action Network (WMAN) offers a mini-grants program to support and enhance the capacity building efforts of mining-impacted communities in the U.S. and Canada to assure that mining projects do not adversely affect human, cultural, and the ecological health of communities.  Program Criteria

  •  Grassroots community-based organizations, and Tribes or Tribal programs in the U.S. and Canada with any budget level may apply. However, if there are more applicants than funds available, priority will be given to organizations with an organizational or mining-specific project budget under $75,000 U.S.; priority will also be given to community-based grassroots groups affected by mining.
  • Requests must be project-specific for an immediate need such as legal assistance, organizing and outreach, development of campaign materials, media development, reports, travel, mailings, interns and consultants, etc. to be fulfilled within the next six months on a specific mining campaign.  Funds cannot be used for an organization’s general operating funds, staff salaries, rent or telephone bills.
  • Priority will be given to projects that build bridges and community across socio-economic and cultural lines.
  • Applicants may receive one grant per year. However, this limit does not apply to emergency grants.
  • Each grant issued will not exceed $3,000 U.S.
  • Funding recipients must submit a brief report detailing how funds were spent within 6 months of having received funding. Recipients will not be eligible for additional funding until the project has been completed and a project report, or an extension request, is received and accepted by WMAN and IEN.

To Apply The next application period is October 1, 2011. Questions about the program can be directed to Aimee Boulanger, WMAN Network Coordinator at (360) 969-2028, aboulanger@whidbey.com or Simone Senogles, Indigenous Environmental Network, (218) 751-4967, simone@ienearth.org.