Stand Up To Oil Community Partnership Grants

The Stand Up To Oil coalition is seeking to invest in coalition partners who work deeply with working families, communities of color, and tribes in protecting the Pacific Northwest communities from the health, safety, and environmental threats of oil infrastructure and transport. 

Stand Up to Oil is a growing coalition of groups opposed to new oil terminals and an increase in oil transport throughout the Northwest. Our coalition is rooted in three key objectives: 

  • PREVENT THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FROM BECOMING A GATEWAY FOR CRUDE OIL, by opposing new oil terminals, transport, and storage in our region.
  • ADDRESS THE DANGERS AND HAZARDS OF CRUDE OIL and petroleum products already moving through our region.
  • TRANSITION OFF FOSSIL FUELS by actively supporting policies that advance clean energy investments.

The Stand Up To Oil campaign recognizes that our fossil fuel based economy disproportionately impacts First Nations and Tribal Nations, communities of color, and lower-income communities, and that we must work to center these communities in our campaigns. In furthering these principles, we are committed to learning and developing new partnerships in our work. 

About the Community Partnership Grant 

A diverse coalition to protect our communities from new oil terminals is our campaign’s greatest strength. 

Through ‘community partnership grants’ the coalition is seeking to broaden our partnerships and to resource these partners to do critical work in the communities most disproportionately impacted by our fossil fuel based economy. 


  • Resource individuals and organizations to deepen their capacity and engagement in protecting the Pacific Northwest from oil terminals and broaden our community of support.
  • Resource effective engagement of communities that are both underrepresented and disproportionately impacted by environmental health and safety risks by investing in organizations embedded in those communities.

Fundable Programs

  • Mobilizing underrepresented constituencies to support campaign work to stop new terminals, support state and local protections from new oil terminals and transport, and support the transition off fossil fuels 
  • Grasstops and spokesperson organizing from disproportionately impacted communities 
  • Culturally and language appropriate engagement and education programs in disproportionately impacted communities that describe the risks of oil transport and storage and opportunities to become involved in the campaign 
  • Supporting direct expenses for specific events or organizing actions led by frontline and indigenous communities, for which they are the direct beneficiaries of funding  

Examples of Existing Campaign Activities of Stand Up To Oil Include:

  • Combating the expansions of existing refineries and the creation of new oil terminals in Portland, Port Westward, Tacoma, Anacortes, and Whatcom County
  • Cross-border organizing against Canada’s Trans Mountain Pipeline
  • Working toward safer oil transportation in the Pacific Northwest by advocating for improved spill prevention and preparedness in Oregon and Washington
  • Collaborating with labor unions to improve work safety at Washington refineries 
  • Advocating for permanent protections from new and expanded oil terminals through moratoriums and land use code updates in Portland, Vancouver (WA), Tacoma, King County, and Whatcom County 

We are seeking proposals from coalition partners who, with additional funds, would be able to support the Stand Up To Oil campaign’s key objectives. Grant funding may be awarded up to $10,000 per individual or organization.

Proposals should be 1-2 pages and include:

  • Summary of the program you are proposing Stand Up To Oil would fund
  • How your program contributes to the campaign goals of Stand Up To Oil and why it would be important for the campaign to resource your program
  • How your program centers Tribal Nations, First Nations, communities of color, or low-income communities disproportionately impacted by oil infrastructure 
  • Examples of campaign deliverables
  • Total amount of funding request and costs associated with executing the program 
  • Other innovations or ideas we should consider!

The recipient individual or organization must sign an MOU with Washington Environmental Council–fiscal sponsor of the Stand Up To Oil coalition–and must use these funds for qualifying charitable purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. No portion of these funds may be used for lobbying or electioneering activities. In order to process grant funding, WEC will require paperwork depending upon the type of entity (organization or individual) receiving the funds. This paperwork would be proof of 501(c)(3) status and/or IRS Form W9 depending upon the nature of the grant recipient. 

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The approximate RFP schedule follows:

RFP Issued: October 15, 2019 

Final deadline for proposals: November 30, 2019 

All decisions made by: December 30, 2019 

TO APPLY: Submit your completed proposal to Anna Doty at with subject line: “Community Partnership Grant proposal”

Please reach out to by email with any questions! 

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