Chinook Fund seeds community-led, systemic change by mobilizing resources for and trusting in grassroots social justice organizations across Colorado. Chinook funds organizations working to challenge the root causes of oppression, rather than treating the symptoms. Chinook believes the root causes of the most serious social problems include systemic racism, sexism, heterosexism, classism, ableism, and ageism. The Fund identifies effective social change as efforts that strive to include these key elements:
NOTE: Chinook's anti-oppression frameworks in the Giving Project model position Black Liberation & Indigenous Sovereignty as its national priority. This is not the only type of work Chinook will fund, but these are the communities and voices Chinook is centering in its work, internally and externally.
Priority is given to organizations that are:
Chinook Fund defines Community Organizing as the process of bringing affected people together to use their collective power to win improvements in their community and change the power structure to advance social justice. For Components and examples of Community Organizing work, see the Community Organizing tab on the Full Grant Text RFP.
Types of Funding
Start-Up Grants are available to groups that are less than 4 years old. Groups must demonstrate a vision and plan for meeting Chinook Fund criteria but do not need a proven track record of success.
Established Grants are available to any group, but the competition for grants is tougher, as it includes organizations that have been working successfully on social justice issues for a number of years.
Multi-Year Grants will be considered for organizations that apply in the Established category, have been funded at least twice during the last 3 years, and receive the highest level of funding in the current cycle.