Foundation / Corporation
Social Justice Fund Northwest
02/01/18 5:00 PM PST - Criminal Justice Grant only
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.
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 and Seed Grants - Information and applications will be available in February 2018.
GrantWatch ID#: 167950
- 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: TBA
- 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: TBA
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.
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 and Seed Grants - New applications will be available in February 2018.
Site visits will be scheduled with qualifying organizations.
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:
Register and apply online:
If you have trouble with the online portal, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you prefer, you may email applications to email@example.com , 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or the program manager specific to your project:
- Criminal Justice Grant: Rebecca Allen, Rebecca@socialjusticefund.org
- Coalitions and Alliances and Environmental Justice Grants: Magan Do, Magan@socialjusticefund.org
- Gender Justice: Melody Martinez, email@example.com
- Black Led Organizing Grant: Karen Toering, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rapid Response and Seed Grants: Yasmeen Perez, email@example.com
USA: Idaho; Montana; Oregon; Washington; Wyoming