Women’s beauty brand Love Beauty and Planet recently announced a $100,000 grant cycle for The Love Beauty and Planet Project. This grant project offers funding ranging from $1,000 to $20,000 for projects that improve the wellbeing and health of the planet, specifically those that focus on reducing, avoiding, or sequestering carbon.
Ranging from $1,000 to $20,000, the Love Beauty and Planet grants focus on projects that improve recycling rates, reduce plastic waste, and/or sequester carbon emissions. What’s more, the company has expressed a preference for applications focusing on marginalized and underserved communities, which are often the most adversely affected–and the least able to recuperate–from carbon emissions that harm the environment.
“Since launch, Love Beauty and Planet has taken its impact on our planet and communities very seriously,” the company announced on the Project website. “Our carbon tax program is one way we hold ourselves accountable – taxing ourselves $40 per carbon ton emitted from our production through to distribution at our customers. This year we’ll be using part of these funds to create The Love Beauty and Planet Project – a grants initiative awarding up to $100,000 to people and their projects that improve the wellbeing and health of our planet and the people on it by reducing carbon emissions, starting in the communities that need our help most.”
In addition to its work on corporate accountability and carbon reduction, Love Beauty and Planet has already established itself as a committed funder for women activists. Through a past partnership with Ashoka and through the first iterations of the Love Beauty and Planet Project, the women’s beauty brand funded projects from six women changemakers.
Alexa Green, the Director of National Outreach at Recycle Across America, received a Love Beauty and Planet grant for her work in standardizing recycling labels across the country and saving tons of recyclables from ending up in landfills.
Another Love Beauty and Planet grantee, Jessica Schreiber, is a self-declared “trash nerd” who pioneered a system of recycling and reuse in the fashion industry through her startup FabScrab.
In the latest grant cycle, Love Beauty and Planet hopes to highlight women entrepreneurs and changemakers leading the way to improving the planet’s health and wellbeing.
“Love Beauty and Planet is a women’s beauty brand that believes that looking good and doing good should go hand-in-hand,” says a brand spokesperson. “With that, we have worked with and funded powerful female changemakers in the past. Our goal with this program is to help fund individuals’ passions like the women above, and help them change the world.”
Individuals and organizations alike based in the United States and Washington, D.C., are encouraged to enter the grant competition. 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations are eligible for entry with less than $500,000 in annual budget, and for-profit companies may enter if their annual revenue is less than $1 million.
In order to be considered for a grant, applications must fall into one of the following categories:
- Plastics: Projects that specifically take action on the use of less plastic, better plastic (recycled plastic or plastic alternatives), or no plastic.
- Waste: Projects aimed at waste reduction, recycling and infrastructure, landfill avoidance, circular design, etc.
- Emissions: Projects aimed at reducing, avoiding, and sequestering direct carbon emissions, including alternative/renewable energy projects (solar, wind, etc.) and reforestation.
- Climate justice: Projects that work to address the disproportionate impact of climate change on communities of color and low income/underserved communities.*
*Note: Projects may not primarily focus on education, advocacy or legislative policy (ie: more than half of the Project may not focus on education, advocacy, or legislative policy).
“Communities of color and low-income communities are disproportionately impacted by climate change,” the company announced in a press release. “And to us, a more beautiful planet starts with one that is both clean and just.”
To learn more about The Love Beauty and Planet Project and submit an application, visit the application portal here. Applications for the current grant period will be accepted through 11:59 pm on December 31, 2020, and winners will be announced no later than February 15, 2021.
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