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SECOND PHASE OF “EEJP” ROLL- OUT

By: Piyush Mohapatra, Source: EEJP, Date: March , 2010

Environmental Equity and Justice Partnership (EEJP) is an independent grant-making program of the Just Environment Charitable Trust and supported by the Ford Foundation. The initiative is dedicated to helping groups and individuals foster lasting improvement in the area of environmental justice by catalysing grassroots initiatives; triggering new imagination; bringing in new perspectives; encouraging crossover linkages; promoting community participation, and providing greater opportunities to connect to the environmental thinking. The project has two components, environmental small grant for the NGOs and environmental fellowship program for the individual.

After successful completion of first phase of EEJP, from 2005-07, second phase of EEJP has been commenced in 2009 and the period would be from 2009 to 2012 comprising of three grant cycles. However unlike first phase of EEJP, activities of second phase of the EEJP would be limited to issues related to waste, pollution and toxicity. And already grant making process of the first grant cycle of the second phase has been completed. .
 
Brief on first grant cycle (2009-10)
 
The call for application for the first grant cycle was announced in May. About 82 applications were received for small grant and 19 applications for fellowship program. Initially applications were scrutinized by the program team of  Toxics Link and the selected applications were finally evaluated by four members of steering committee, comprising of eminent personalities having many years of professional expertise in environmental issues. Finally five fellowships and eight small grant applications were recommended by the steering committee for providing grant. The project of the grantees and fellows include, issues of banning polythene, protecting the rights of waste pickers, issues of environmental laws compliance, working towards a national policy on silicosis and heavy metals testing of drinking water. These projects will be implemented in and around 10 states of the country. And mostly durations of the project will be from six to 15 months. For the details please visit on www.eejp.org

Beginning of the second grant cycle (2010-2011)
 
Call of proposal of the second grant cycle has already been announced in February and the process of selection of final grantees and fellows are undergoing.

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