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Grants to USA Grassroots Nonprofits in New
England States to Promote Social Justice

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Haymarket People's Fund

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11/29/17 5:30 PM Receipt Deadline for Sustaining Grant Applications; Urgent Response Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.


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Grants of up to $1,000 and grants of up to $10,000 to Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont grassroots, social change organizations to promote social justice throughout the New England region. New applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Request for applications will be considered up until November 27, 2017. Consideration will be given to both emerging and established organizations.

Haymarket People's Fund is an anti-racist and multi-cultural foundation committed to strengthening the movement for social justice in New England. Through grant making, fundraising and capacity building Haymarket supports grassroots organizations that address the root causes of injustice. Haymarket also organizes to increase sustainable community philanthropy throughout the region.

Haymarket envisions a world free of racism and other oppressions:
-Where peace and cooperation flourish.
-Where people are valued and respected for their gifts and able to bring their whole selves to humanity.
-Where vibrant communities thrive and different cultures are celebrated.
-Where abundant resources and opportunities are equally shared and distributed while honoring the earth and all within it.

Haymarket believes that community organizing is the most effective strategy for achieving its vision of an equitable, peaceful and humane world. Organizing refers to efforts led by those most affected by injustice that focus on two things: the root causes of the problems facing them and changing the institutions and structures of power that keep injustice in place.

Haymarket also believes that, for real change to occur, organizing must be anti-racist and must recognize the intersection of racism and other forms of oppression. Haymarket pays special attention to race due to an understanding that, in the United States, racism has divided all social change movements and has limited the effectiveness of organizing work.

Haymarket is committed to supporting both urban and rural organizing across the region, and to funding start up and emerging organizations as well as groups that have a long history of grassroots organizing. Haymarket makes grants for both general operating support and project work.

Haymarket looks at community organizing broadly and fund groups that focus on the root causes of the problems they are facing, with strong constituency leadership and accountability, anti-racist and anti-oppression values and practice, and a commitment to movement building. Haymarket will consider funding cultural work and resources for organizing (such as workshops, conferences and media work) that are part of an ongoing community organizing effort or are accountable to social change movements.

Sustaining Grants:

Grant are made to grassroots, social change organizations that meet the funding criteria. Grant sizes are determined after a careful evaluation of each proposal taking into account Haymarket’s criteria and commitment to strengthening anti-racist movement building in New England. Haymarket funds both start-up groups (emerging) and groups that are more established (movement building). Haymarket asks that you choose the category that best fits your group. These categories help to compare and evaluate groups at similar stages of development.

1. Emerging Groups: Grassroots groups that are start-ups or are in the earlier stages of development. Organizations at this stage often focus on self-definition, understanding the root causes of the problems they are facing, leadership development and capacity building. Emerging groups are typically less than 5 years old; however, groups coming out of a dormant phase or going through a period of transformation or rebirth may also fall into this category.

2. Movement Building Groups: More developed organizations that have a well established identity and position within their community, a clear track record, and are actively working to strengthen the social justice movement. Effective organizations at this stage have a clear vision and mission, a solid understanding of the root causes of the problems they face, strong constituency leadership, well developed organizing strategies, and a demonstrated commitment to anti-racist movement building.

Urgent Response Grants:

Smaller Urgent Response grants are available to help grassroots, social change organizations respond quickly to unforeseen crises or opportunities that critically affect your organization and constituency. This includes unexpected events, political crises, or organizing opportunities.

Haymarket evaluates all applications for funding according to the following criteria:

1. Self-determination and Accountability - Is the organization or project led by and accountable to their constituency or community? Do constituents have real leadership and voice in all aspects of the organization?

2. Leadership development - Is the group strengthening the skills and experience of their constituency in all aspects of their work? How is leadership development built into their process?

3. Anti-racism and anti-oppression values and practice - Does the organization understand racism and is it working to develop anti-racist vision, values and practice, both internally and externally in the community? Is it helping its members and leadership develop a clear understanding of racism and white privilege? Do they understand how racism and white privilege impact their community and the issues they are facing? Is their organization changing as a result of this work? Do they understand other areas of oppression and how they intersect with racism?

4. Organizing for Systemic Change - Does the group understand the underlying causes of the problems they are addressing and do they have plans and strategies which address these root causes? Is the group working to create systemic change - that is, are they working to change the culture, institutions and/or structures of power in their community? Does the organization have a power analysis?

5. Movement building - Is the organization building relationships and unity with other groups working on issues both similar and different to theirs? Is the group able to see its work as part of a larger struggle for change?

6. Diversified funding base - Is the group working to build a strong, diverse and sustainable funding and resource base in their community? Does a group have a good mix of funding sources (i.e. grants, grassroots etc.)?

7. Limited access to traditional funding - Haymarket is committed to funding groups that, because of their analysis and vision, have limited access to traditional funding sources (such as government and corporate funding). Haymarket has a history of funding start-ups and smaller, grassroots organizations across the region. Haymarket does not fund groups with budgets over $300,000.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163455

Estimated Size of Grant:

Sustaining Grants are up to $10,000.

Urgent Response grants of up to $1,000 per year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

You do not have to have 501(c)3 tax exempt status from the IRS or a fiscal sponsor in order to get a grant from Haymarket. You can apply if your work falls within what the IRS defines as charitable or educational tax-exempt activities.

Urgent Grants are NOT to be used for ongoing program work (including expenses the organization should have anticipated), for financial crises or a shortfall in projected funding, or because the group missed a funding deadline.

Not Funded:
1. Groups primarily providing direct services that focus on meeting people's basic needs or that focus primarily on individual empowerment or self-help. Social service organizations can apply for a project-specific organizing grant if it fits Haymarket's criteria.
2. Publications, reports, workshops, classes, conferences, media events, arts or theater productions unless they are part of an ongoing community organizing effort or are accountable to social change movements.
3. Groups based outside of New England (unless they have a strong base in New England which holds them accountable) or work focused outside of New England.
4. Legal or research expenses unless they are part of an overall organizing strategy.
5. Capital campaigns or endowment drives.
6. Individuals or individual projects (such as graduate research, fellowships or scholarships).
7. Projects sponsored by a government agency. For example, Haymarket would not fund a project led by a school district. Haymarket would, however, consider funding a project led by parents and students working to hold a school accountable for inequitable treatment of children of color.
8. Organizations with budgets over $300,000.
9. Small businesses, alternative businesses or business associations.
10. Other foundations.
11. IRS regulations prohibit us from funding the following: a. Electoral work that promotes specific candidates; b. Union organizing work, unless it is a campaign involving and benefitting the wider community (including non-union members); c. Civil disobedience or other actions that involve breaking the law.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants are invited to attend the following Grant Information Session:

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Haymarket People’s Fund
42 Seaverns Ave
Boston, MA 02130

The session will cover:
-Haymarket’s Criteria and Grants Process
-What Haymarket Means By Undoing Racism
-How to Apply For a Grant

More information about the session and other upcoming events is available here:

Pre-Application Information:

Sustaining Grants:

If you have not been funded by Haymarket in the past 3 years, call the office and speak to a staff person about your work. If Haymarket feels you meet the basic criteria you will be sent an application package. Receiving an application does not guarantee funding.

Request for applications will be considered up until November 27, 2017.

All groups that have been funded in the past 3 years will be mailed an application package in October 2017. If you have not received an application by late-October please call and request a copy. Any group funded during the prior year’s cycle is eligible to apply for the November 29th deadline.

Sustaining Grant Applications must ARRIVE at Haymarket’s office by 5:30 PM November 29, 2017. Postmark dates are not relevant.

Groups will be notified by early spring if they have been selected for an interview, however, please note that selection for an interview does not guarantee funding. Interviews are held in the spring. Groups are notified of grant decisions in June.

Urgent Response Grants:

Speak with a Haymarket staff person about your request. If staff feel it fits the basic criteria and purpose of an Urgent Response Grant, you will be sent an application. Receiving an application does not guarantee funding.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, as long as funding is available. Haymarket will notify you of a decision within 2-3 weeks of receiving your application. If needed, Haymarket will conduct a phone interview or request additional information.

Contact Information:

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

Jaime Smith, Grants Director
617-522-7676 x115

Haymarket People’s Fund
42 Seaverns Avenue
Boston, MA 02130

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut;   Maine;   Massachusetts;   New Hampshire;   Rhode Island;   Vermont