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Social Justice Fund (SJF) Northwest Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Tribal Governments in
Eligible States to Promote Justice in All Sectors of Society

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Social Justice Fund (SJF) Northwest

Deadline Date:

09/13/18 5:00 PM PST Receipt - Environmental Justice Grant only. Rapid Response and Seed Grants have rolling deadlines from Feb-Nov 2018


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Grants to Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming nonprofits and federally recognized American Indian tribal governments and agencies working to improve social justice in the region. Grants are intended for general operating support. The goal of this funding is to strengthen grassroots efforts in the broad-based movement for progressive, systemic social change.

All grantees share the following characteristics:

- Led by the people most directly affected by the issues the organization is working on.
- Continually builds leadership from within its own membership, base, or community.
- Works to understand and address the root causes of the issues, not just the symptoms.
- Brings people together to build power they wouldn’t have individually.
- Uses that power to create systemic change, which includes altering unjust power relations.
- Sees itself as part of a larger movement for social change, and works towards strengthening that movement.

The following grants are being offered in 2018:

Criminal Justice Grant - Two-year grant of $10,000 per year
This grant will support community organizing work that addresses the intersections of race, class, gender, and other systems of oppression in the systems that criminalize low-income communities and communities of color. Examples of this work could include organizing that addresses racial profiling and police brutality, homeless encampment sweeps and criminalization of survival needs, immigration detention and deportation, the school-to-prison-pipeline, youth incarceration, etc. We invite proposals from organizations that are led and directed by those most impacted by the criminal justice system, and who are working for systemic change.

​Coalitions and Alliances Grant - One-year grant of up to $20,000
Building strong coalitions to win policy change, shift the political landscape, and build strong cross-sectoral progressive movements is key to achieving social change. This grant will support coalition strategies that prioritize leadership and representation from grassroots community organizing groups that are led and directed by the people most impacted by the issues they work on. Coalition work can look a variety of ways, including ongoing sustained coalition organizations with structured membership, shorter-term tactical alliances formed in the face of intense opposition, and other models. Applicants should detail the strategy behind their coalition efforts, and why it is especially strategic in this current political moment to form this type of united front. Only coalitions that have demonstrated leadership and accountability to the communities most directly impacted by the issues they work on and whose work has a clear focus on making systemic change will be considered. This grant is open to coalitions networks, alliances, and strategic partnerships working across all types of issue areas. Please keep in mind that the application is designed to be co-written by the coalition entity and a coalition member, or two coalitions partners as long as the co-applicants are from different organizations. At least one applicant must meet the Fund's basic eligibility criteria.

Environmental Justice Grant - Two-year grant of $10,000 per year
The Environmental Justice grant will support organizing work that aims to achieve equitable access to a clean and healthy environment for frontline communities most impacted by environmental racism, climate change, and environmental injustice, especially the spaces where communities live, work, learn, play, pray, and heal. This grant will fund rural and urban organizations working at the intersection of environmental, racial, and economic justice to create sustainable, self-determined and just communities. Environmental justice work can include, but is not limited to, access to clean and healthy food, water and air; affordable and healthy housing, addressing neighborhood blight, just transition and climate resilience work, etc.

Gender Justice - Two-year grant of $10,000/per year
This grant will focus on community organizing at the intersection of gender, race, and sexuality, which works for a world where all people -- especially women, girls, transgender and gender non-conforming people -- are able to identify and express their gender and sexual orientation without fear, discrimination or harm, and have the economic, social, and political power and resources to make healthy decisions for themselves, their families and their communities in all areas of their lives.

Black Led Organizing Grant - Two-year grant of $10,000/per year
This grant will support community organizing led by and for Black communities and communities of African descent who are working to end anti-Black racism and discrimination, support and invest in Black leadership, and sustain movements for Black liberation to achieve a world where Black lives are no longer systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. This grant will therefore fund and help sustain the momentum of groups who are organizing to build power for Black communities and improve the quality of Black life in the Northwest. To be eligible groups must meet all other SJF eligibility criteria, have at least 51% Black leadership on their Board, steering committee, or other leadership body and must be explicitly working to effect systemic change.

Rapid Response Grants
The Rapid Response Grant provides fast, small grants of $2,000 to help local communities respond and act quickly to emergency and urgent situations connected to the changing political climate with actions and/or strategies that could not have been anticipated.

Seed Grants
Seed Grants are small grants of $2,000 to support new and emerging groups (defined as 3 years old or younger) that are developing their community organizing work, but might not yet meet all the qualifications for SJF’s standard grants.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167950

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Criminal Justice Grant: $10,000 per year
- ​Coalitions and Alliances Grant: Up to $20,000
- Environmental Justice Grant: $10,000 per year
- Gender Justice: $10,000 per year
- Black Led Organizing Grant: $10,000 per year
- Rapid Response and Seed Grants: $2,000

Term of Contract:

- Criminal Justice Grant: Two-year grant, with funds disbursed by August 16, 2018
- ​Coalitions and Alliances Grant: One-year grant, with funds disbursed by September 13, 2018
- Environmental Justice Grant: Two-year grant, with funds disbursed by April 4, 2019
- Gender Justice: Two-year grant, with funds disbursed by April 4, 2019
- Black Led Organizing Grant: Two-year grant, with funds disbursed by April 4, 2019
- Rapid Response and Seed Grants: Grants are awarded monthly from February - November 2018

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for any Social Justice Fund grant program, an organization must:

- Be an organized group of people (the Fund does not give grants to individuals). If your organization is a nonprofit with 501(c)3 or 501(c)4 status as determined by the IRS, or be a federally recognized American Indian tribal government or agency; or is fiscally sponsored by 501(c)3 or 501(c)4 organizations or by federally recognized tribal governments, you can apply. If your organization is not incorporated or fiscally sponsored, you can probably still apply, but you must speak with SJF program staff first.
- Be led by people who are most directly affected by the problems that the organization or project is addressing.
- Use a community organizing approach, as defined in the Grant Guidelines.
- Carry out most of its work in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and/or Wyoming.
- Satisfy evaluation requirements for all previous Social Justice Fund grants.

Ineligible use of funds:

- General operating requests from organizations that primarily provide direct services to individuals and families. Direct service organizations can apply for project-specific funds for projects that fit the Fund's definition of community organizing.
- Publications, reports, workshops, classes, conferences, media events, arts, theater productions, research, or litigation efforts unless they are part of an ongoing community organizing effort.
- Environmental work unless it is aimed at achieving social justice goals (i.e. environmental justice).
- Projects sponsored by a government agency.
- Individuals, endowment funds, or capital campaigns.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be in the office no later than 5:00 pm (Pacific Time) on the date of the deadline. Social Justice Fund will not consider late applications. This is not a postmark deadline.

2018 Application Deadlines:

- Criminal Justice Grant - February 1, 2018 5:00 PM PST for notification on July 14, 2018
- ​Coalitions and Alliances Grant - February 13, 2018 5:00 PM PST for notification on August 18, 2018
- Environmental Justice Grant - August 23, 2018 5:00 PM PST for notification on March 2, 2019
- Gender Justice - September 6, 2018 at 5:00 PM PST for notification on March 2, 2019
- Black Led Organizing Grant - September 13, 2018 at 5:00 PM PST for notification on March 2, 2019

Rapid Response & Seed Grants are awarded monthly, February through November. The application deadline is rolling but applicants are encouraged to turn in applications by the 1st of the month. The grantmaking committee meets on the 15th of each month to review all applications received by the 1st of that month and award grants. You will be notified within 4-6 weeks from when you apply.

Rapid Response Grant Guidelines:

Seed Grant Guidelines:

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

If you have not received a Social Justice Fund grant before, please fill out this brief pre-application questionnaire before you begin your application:

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If you have trouble with the online portal, contact

If you prefer, you may email applications to , or mail/deliver to:

Social Justice Fund NW,
1904 Third Avenue, Suite 806
Seattle, WA 98101

If you have any questions about the grant application process, call (206) 624-4081 or email, or the program manager specific to your project:

- Criminal Justice Grant: Rebecca Allen​,
- Gender Justice: Melody Martinez,
- Black Led Organizing Grant: Karen Toering,
- Rapid Response, Coalitions & Alliances, Seed Grants and Environmental Justice Grants: Magan Do,

Yasmeen Perez, Program Manager
(206) 624-4081 x103

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Idaho;   Montana;   Oregon;   Washington;   Wyoming