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Member of the Grants Committee of the Environmental Justice Fund

The closing date (20 August 2021) has passed and applications for this position are now closed.

The Environmental Justice Fund is a new fund whose vision is that environmental justice prevails in South Africa, where all people enjoy an environment which is not harmful to their health and wellbeing, and the environment is protected for the benefit of present and future generations.

The Fund acknowledges that supporting those most affected by environmental injustice to design and implement their own responses, is our best chance of reversing the tide of environmental destruction and building a better, sustainable and just world. The Fund therefore supports the community-based organisations that drive these campaigns to be sustainable, accountable, agile, resilient, creative and networked into the broader environmental justice movement in South Africa.

Read the announcement of the establishment of the Fund.

The Fund invites interested and suitably qualified candidates to join this exciting initiative at its inception by applying to be a member of its Grants Committee.

Qualifications, skills and experience

Applicants must be familiar with the environmental justice sector in South Africa.

Applicants must understand how activism contributes to social and environmental justice, and be committed to promoting and defending the role of community organisations and activists in realising environmental justice.

This Fund as an activist fund – by activists, for activists. Applications from community activists, people working at NGOs and public interest law clinics, academics and other experts working in the environmental justice sector are welcome.

The Fund is committed to diversity, inclusion and transformation and strives to reflect South Africa’s racial, cultural, gender and geographic diversity. Women and young people are particularly encouraged to apply.

Key responsibilities

The Grant Committee is responsible for making decisions on grant applications, guided by a grantmaking framework and within an approved budget.

A comprehensive induction will be conducted to ensure that all members of the Grants Committee are equipped to perform their responsibilities.

Members of the Grants Committee usually serve a term of two years.


This position is not remunerated, but all reasonable and agreed travel expenses will be covered by the Fund.

How to apply

To apply for this position, please send:

  1. a covering letter explaining your interest in the Fund and why you think you could contribute to the work of the Fund. Your cover letter should also give the contact details of two referees (people who know you well and can confirm your skills and character); and
  2. your CV

to Joan Cameron at [email protected]. Please specify that you are applying for a position as a Grants Committee member in both your covering letter and the subject line of your email.

If you are a community activist and would like some help preparing your application, please call Matome Kapa on (072) 487-9567 or Joan Cameron (082) 459-4626.