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Social Justice Fund

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits
for Grassroots Efforts to Promote Social Justice

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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A.J. Muste Memorial Institute

Deadline Date:

10/15/18

Description:

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations for grassroots projects that promote social justice around the world. Applicants must submit a preliminary application in advance of a full proposal. Priority will be given to projects with small budgets that lack access to mainstream sources of funding.

Particular interest is given to funding efforts to:
-Stop war and militarism
-Abolish the death penalty
-Support labor organizing
-Defend immigrant rights
-Oppose prison injustice
-Expose the dangers of nuclear weapons and nuclear power

The Muste Institute's Social Justice Fund considers proposals:
-For new projects or campaigns, or efforts to expand existing work
-For ongoing projects or campaigns
-For capacity building, leadership development, and resource sustainability
-For projects which are local, regional, national or global in scope

The Social Justice Fund’s priority is to support:
-Direct grassroots activism and organizing
-Groups with diverse, representative and democratic leadership structures
-Groups which have or can obtain sufficient economic and in-kind support from a diversity of sources to carry out their regular work, but need additional support to carry out a project or build capacity

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 144400

Estimated Size of Grant:

Consideration will be given to proposals with expense budgets under $50,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Social Justice Fund makes grants for grassroots activist projects in the US and around the world, giving priority to those with small budgets and little access to more mainstream funding sources.

The Muste Institute's Social Justice Fund considers proposals:
-From groups located anywhere in the world
-From grassroots organizations with annual expenses of less than $500,000
-From groups with limited access to more mainstream funding sources
-From groups that may be unincorporated or incorporated*
-From groups with or without 501(c)3 status or a fiscal sponsor*
-From groups which have not received Social Justice fund grants from in at least two years**

The Social Justice fund’s priority is to support:
-Direct grassroots activism and organizing
-Groups with diverse, representative and democratic leadership structures
-Groups which have or can obtain sufficient economic and in-kind support from a diversity of sources to carry out their regular work, but need additional support to carryout a project or build capacity

Although the Fund values the work, it does NOT consider grant proposals for the following:
-General support of ongoing operations
-Individual efforts or scholarships
-Schools or universities
-Organizations with significant access to government, corporate or mainstream charitable funding
-Academic or research projects
-Art, theater, film or video projects which are not directly ted to activism or organizing
-Economic development projects
-Capital campaigns or expenses
-Direct social services
-Legal defense or litigation
-Lobbying or electoral campaigns
-Projects geared toward participants’ personal improvement or business success
-Conflict resolution or violence reduction projects, unless they directly promote activism
-Projects that will have already taken place by the time the grant is received (decisions take about 8 weeks – see timeline below)

* The Muste Institute's Social Justice fund only requires a fiscal sponsor if the group receiving the grant does not have its own bank account; we cannot issue checks to individuals. If you cannot receive a grant check made out to the name of your organization, you will need a fiscal sponsor.

** The Social Justice Fund will not accept a new request from a previously funded group for two years a er a grant. If you submitted a proposal iu July 201y and received a grant in September 2018, you will be eligible to apply again if Juue 2018 for grants made iu September 2018. If you are unsure about where you will qualify, check if with the office before applying.

Pre-Application Information:

The next Social Justice Fund Deadline is July 9, 2018 (for decision in mid-September)

Note: Please do not submit a proposal to the Social Justice Fund unless you receive a response to your preliminary application.

2018 Application Deadlines (all Mondays):
-March 5, 2018 (for April 18 decisions)
-July 9, 2018 (for September 12 decisions)
-October 15, 2018 (for December 5 decisions)

Contact Information:

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

AJ Muste Institute Memorial Institute
168 Canal Street, 6th Floor
New York, New York 10013

(212)533-4335
info@ajmuste.org

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