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Ocean Conservancy is excited to present the first round of the Ocean Justice Community Grants!  At Ocean Conservancy, our advocacy for the global ocean is predicated on our commitment to ocean justice – which we define as the fair and equitable distribution of both the benefits of the ocean’s bounty and the burdens for its complex care. 

Persistent global inequalities – which manifest as unequal ocean access, benefits, and burdens – are an inherent threat to our success, and to the wellbeing of the ocean. Such inequalities accelerate ocean harms; fragment people’s relationships to the ocean; limit innovation in solving ocean problems; and obstruct our ability to effectively advocate for the most impactful ocean solutions.  

Because of the myriad of ways in which global ocean inequalities manifest, our work as an ocean advocacy organization must be thoughtful, agile, intentional, and always oriented toward the polestar of a healthier ocean, protected by a more just world.  The ocean justice team is spearheading efforts to identify marginalized communities who want to tell their stories of ocean injustice and develop their own solutions toward a more equitable ocean.  These grants are one way that we are committing to build support for broad climate action and empower locally-led ocean justice efforts.

All applicants must be able to show proof of 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status or have a fiscal sponsor actively registered in their state to do business.
Provide IRS Exemption Determination Letter or that of your fiscal sponsor.
Projects must be located in the United States or  within the U.S. territories.
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