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Social Justice Fund

Grants to USA 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:

09/21/20

Description:

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Grants of up to $5,000 to USA nonprofit organizations for grassroots efforts that promote social justice. Priority will be given to projects with small budgets that lack access to mainstream sources of funding. Other priorities for funding include supporting groups that have democratic, diverse, and representative leadership structures and supporting direct grassroots activism and organizing. In addition, groups that need additional support to carry out a project or build capacity will be prioritized.

Particular interest is given to funding efforts to:

  • end the violence of borders and the criminalization of immigrants, shut down CBP and ICE
  • abolish prisons and dismantle and redefine systems of policing and criminal justice
  • confront institutionalized violence against racial, ethnic, gender-based, and LGBTQ communities
  • put an end to economic exploitation, class stratification, systemic poverty
  • stop the war machine, end state sponsored terrorism, expose the dangers of nuclear power

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 144400

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant award is $5,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Social Justice Fund seeks proposals:

- For projects with expense budgets under $50,000
- From grassroots organizations with annual income of less than $500,000
- From groups with limited access to more mainstream funding sources
- From groups which have not received Social Justice Fund grants in at least two years
- From groups with or without 501(c)3 status or a fiscal sponsor: the Social Justice Fund only requires a fiscal sponsor if the group receiving the grant does not have its own bank account. If you cannot receive a grant check made out to the name of your organization, you will need a fiscal sponsor. We cannot issue checks to individuals.

The Social Justice Fund does NOT consider grant proposals for the following:

- Individual efforts or scholarships
- Schools or universities academic or research projects
- Organizations with access to government, corporate or mainstream charitable funding
- Art, theater, film or video projects that are not directly tied 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 or for an organization’s general operating budget

Pre-Application Information:

2020 Social Justice Fund Application Deadlines:

February 24, 2020 (for April decisions)
April 14, 2020 (for June decisions)
June 29, 2020 (for September decisions)
September 21, 2020 (for December decisions)

Grant guidelines: https://ajmuste.org/sjf-grant-guidelines

Sample application: https://ajmuste.org/sjf-application

Contact Information:

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

Submit your completed application via email to info@ajmuste.org.

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

(212)533-4335

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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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