Background on the New England Grassroots Environment Fund

The Grassroots Fund is co-creating just, healthy and sustainable communities throughout New England, with a focus on those who have often been marginalized. Grassroots Fund follows the lead of communities. We look to communities to develop their own solutions to the complex issues affecting where they live, as well as the health and enjoyment of the people who live there. We listen to and help them identify and access the specific tools, resources and connections they need to make an impact. We facilitate cross-issue conversations and collaboration, so together we can challenge and remove systemic and structural barriers and solve the complex problems facing our communities.

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Description of Need:

The Grassroots Fund is seeking grounded organizers, educators, nonprofits, and sustainable businesses to facilitate workshops for the 2019 RootSkills fall workshop. RootSkills aims to connect community organizers, students, businesses and nonprofits working to address social justice challenges and improve community health, community resilience, and the environment across New England. The RootSkills Conference will bring together 100 individuals committed to creating a sustainable future. RootSkills endeavors to present the work of a broad range of partner organizations that highlight trends, best practices and solutions-oriented tools.

Presenter Responsibilities:

• Have expertise in topic presented, and able to provide high quality educational workshop based on the outlined learning objectives;
• Deliver a presentation that equips participants with information, skills, or tools they can bring back to their work;
• Deliver interactive, engaging session that include small group discussions, to discuss opportunities and challenges;
• Avoid self-promotion, such as any “sales” or “marketing” techniques;
• Make materials presented during the workshop available to all participants; and
• Attend one check-in event, to be hosted by Grassroots Fund staff.

Speaker Compensation: The Grassroots Fund works to raise funds each year to make the RootSkills Training Series as accessible to all as possible and we strive to compensate speakers/presenters for their time and wisdom.

We offer each workshop session (shared among multiple presenters:
  •  $300 honorarium (if not part of regular, paid professional work); 
  • free registration; and
  • Up to $50 travel compensation, based on mileage.
​Deadline EXTENDED to Wed., Sept. 25th at noon.