Grants typically ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to Colorado organizations that address the root causes of social, economic, gender and racial inequities. Applications are by invitation only; applicants are advised to submit an initial inquiry well in advance of the deadline. The Foundation provides general operating support to organizations that empower affected communities to engage in the democratic process and advance progressive policy solutions.
The Foundation invests in the following social change strategies:
1) Strategic Analysis, Research and Policy Development - Objective research to inform and reinvigorate public debate and to identify public policies that create opportunity for low-income and other marginalized individuals and families while protecting and advancing civil rights; resource mapping and power analysis to identify opportunities for policy change and to forge strategic linkages between organizations and efforts working toward a common social justice agenda.
2) Community-based Organizing and Base Building - Base building and organizing strategies that engage and build power among disenfranchised and underserved individuals and communities to address the underlying causes of social, racial and economic injustices. The Foundation prioritizes community-based organizations and coalitions that incorporate civic education and voter engagement into their work, and that work to achieve state-level impact.
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
Additional Eligibility Criteria
Programs must take place within Colorado.
Successful Brett Family Foundation Social Justice Grantees will also meet the following criteria:
-Have governance structures that reflect democratic principles (Community-based organizing groups should demonstrate involvement of affected communities and engage its membership in the development and the implementation of strategies to address the underlying causes of social, economic and racial injustices.);
-Work to address the needs identified by the underrepresented and low-income communities that are directly impacted;
-Work across issues;
-Be accountable to partners and constituents;
-Employ multiple strategies for change (and combinations there of): research, policy development and advocacy, organizing, voter education and mobilization, and coalition building;
-Work in cross-sector partnerships (i.e. policy groups, labor, community-based organizations) and support coalition-building;
-Articulate a long-term vision including a power analysis and strategies for social change;
-Have the internal capacity, management infrastructure and leadership to achieve organizational mission and implement identified social change strategies;
-Have an internal leadership development process, including political education.
-Grants to individuals
-Programs outside Colorado
-Candidates for political office
-Individual public or private schools (k-12, graduate, post graduate)
-Large public charities
Application for a Social Justice Grant is by invitation only. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Estimated Size of Grant
Typically $2,500 - $10,000.
Term of Contract
One year. Multi-year grants are considered for organizations with which the Foundation has a past funding relationship.
Brett Family Foundation
1123 Spruce Street
Boulder, CO 80302