Community Collaboration Catalyst MicroGrant

Building solutions through grant funding.

Community Collaboration Catalyst MicroGrant

SSDN members believe rooting sustainability work in equity is essential to seeing success in both solving the climate crisis and dismantling inequity. Our members approach addressing climate change by centering people and their experiences, and promote equal opportunity in the benefits from climate action.

Therefore, the network prioritizes racial and ethnic equity to dismantle the policies and systems that have created and sustained these inequities. When we achieve racial and ethnic equity, we believe that all people in the region will benefit.

SSDN’s Community Collaboration Catalyst MicroGrant Program supports members and their frontline community partners in their collaborative efforts to jointly find equitable approaches to sustainability and resilience.


This program provides small pots of funding to members and their partners to allow them to innovate or overcome barriers to systemic inequities that prevent community-led and equitable approaches from local governments. The program supports community leadership in local government sustainability and/or resilience projects, and allows local government and frontline community partnerships to test new solutions for collaboration.


SSDN will award $30,000 to fund up to six to eight community partnerships, up to $5,000 each, for work to be implemented between December 2021 and May 2022.

  • RFP Cycle: August 1 – September 7, 2021
    • RFP Opens on August 1, 2021
    • Applications due by 6:00 pm ET / 5:00 pm CT on Tuesday, September 7, 2021
  • Application review and selection process: September 8 – October 19, 2021
  • Awards Announced: October 20, 2021
  • Contracting with USDN (SSDN’s Fiscal Sponsor): October 21 – December 1, 2021
  • Implementation Timeline: December 1, 2021 – May 31, 2022

Applications are now closed.