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Grants to USA Social Change Organizations to Promote the Use
of Awareness Practices to Increase Organizational Effectiveness

Hidden Leaf Foundation Grant

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Hidden Leaf Foundation

LOI Date:

07/01/20

Deadline Date:

09/01/20

Description:

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Grants of up to $50,000 to USA nonprofit organizations to help use awareness practices to increase the effectiveness of the organizations. Applicants must submit a letter of inquiry prior to submitting a full grant application. Funding is intended to promote social change work and advance the progressive movement.

Specifically, the Foundation provides grants to:

  • Progressive social change organizations that use awareness practices to enhance their work,
  • Leadership development and training organizations that help progressive non-profits integrate awareness practices into their work, and
  • Field-building organizations that develop and deepen transformative social change work by conducting research, convening allies, mobilizing funders, and developing new models.

Hidden Leaf provides funds to groups across the progressive spectrum addressing issues such as racial equity, climate justice, immigrants’ rights, health care reform, workers’ rights, and reproductive justice. The awareness practices currently used by grant recipients include contemplative meditation, deep listening and other interpersonal communication tools, work that helps align values and actions, politicized somatics, personal ecology, and improved wellness, and organizational sustainability practices.

Funding may be used for both general support and specific “Transformative Change Grants,” which are awarded to advocacy groups engaging awareness practices to further their mission. This “Transformative Change Grant” falls somewhere between a general support grant and a project grant. Grantees use these special grants for some form of personnel or organizational development work, with an emphasis on transforming the way they operate.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 136765

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,000,000

Number of Grants:

About 35 grants are provided.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Foundation typically awards grants between $15,000 and $50,000 (although occasionally give larger grants).

Term of Contract:

Once a solid relationship is built with effective organizations in the Foundation's field of interest, it may consider multi-year proposals.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Funding is provided to social change organizations located in the United States.

The Foundation does not fund the following:
- Frontline organizations that do not incorporate transformative practices into their operations, or do not utilize a transformative approach to social change.
- Leadership development or training organizations that train individual leaders outside the context of progressive social change organizations.
- Organizations that provide social services, as opposed to promoting systemic change.
- Organizations that do not have a 501(c)(3) tax-exemption (unless they have a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor).
- Organizations based entirely outside the U.S.
- Retreat centers.
- Individuals, even if their work is aligned with its mission.

Pre-Application Information:

Potential grant applicants are required to first submit a Letter of Inquiry rather than a proposal to allow staff to determine whether there is an appropriate match. Because there is a small staff, the Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals.

The Foundation accepts Letters of Inquiry throughout the year. It awards grants once a year in the fall. LOIs received before July 1st will be eligible for consideration for the annual proposal deadline of September 1st.

Grantmaking Overview: http://hiddenleaf.org/grantmaking/grantmaking-overview/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Letters of inquiry should be emailed to info@hiddenleaf.org.

Hidden Leaf Foundation
P.O. Box 3580
Berkeley, CA 94703

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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