In honor of Earth Day 2022, Inland Empire Community Foundation (IECF) and Amazon have partnered to award $100,000 to enterprising local groups with programs supporting environmental education in Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
IECF Environmental Micro-Grants Program, with rewards ranging from $7,500 to $10,000, was made possible with funding from Amazon. The partnership paves the way for greater environmental teamwork – and progress for the Inland Empire (IE).
“The Inland Empire Community Foundation does vital work on behalf of the Inland Empire community, and Amazon is proud to support their efforts,” says David Ambroz, Amazon Community Relations Manager for IE. “Environmental education is a great way to promote the future management of our natural resources, which is an important goal for Amazon. That’s why we co-founded the Climate Pledge, a commitment to be zero carbon in all our business operations 10 years before the Paris Agreement.
Amazon has steadily strengthened its commitment to investing in local communities. Funding from the IECF Environmental Micro-Grants Program supports organizations that promote conservation, environmental literacy, and outdoor learning. Groups that have worked to remove barriers and provide access to the enjoyment, learning and protection of nature have been key elements in establishing the funding.
“This is an opportunity to unlock funds to help our nonprofits bring more people outdoors and raise awareness of EI conservation issues,” said Celia Cudiamat, IECF Senior Vice President, Grants and Community Impact. “We hope more people will be inspired by the important work these environmental groups do and get involved.”
The IECF has hosted the Environmental Micro-Grants Program for the past four years. Amazon’s investment, adds Cudiamat, is “five times the funding our environmental education groups received, so we’re excited about this funding and its potential to bring more visibility to our landscapes and environmental issues.” .
The first set of recipients of the 2022 micro-grants program include Mojave Desert Land Trust, Conservation of rivers and lands, Santa Rosa Plateau Foundation, Council of Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio, Collaborative Raising Our Stories and Environmental Education.
Learn more about the Inland Empire Community Foundation at iegives.org.