Grants of up to $5,000 to North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia nonprofit organizations that are working towards social change. Funding is intended to support progressive grassroots organizations with seed money for new projects, general support, and project support for small organizations.
The Fund for Southern Communities (FSC or the Fund) is a publicly supported foundation established in 1981 to provide grants and technical assistance to progressive grassroots social change organizations that:
Work against discrimination based on race, sex, age, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, ethnic background or physical and mental disabilities
Stand for workers’ rights
Promote self-determination in low-income and disenfranchised areas
Protect the environment
Promote and create non-traditional arts and media
Are working for equitable distribution of economic and/or political power
Involving new people in social, economic or political change
Challenge anti or undemocratic systems with public education and organizing efforts
Are unlikely to be funded by more traditional funding sources, including those whose geographic location limits funding opportunities. Applicants receiving funds from more traditional funding sources may be given a lower priority for funding from FSC.
FSC can only award grants to organizations that are registered as a non–profit organization within their respective state (Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina). Organizations must also have 501(c)(3) tax status or a Fiscal Agent; a limited number of 501(c)(4) organizations with a Fiscal Agent may be accepted.
- Are working for long term social change
- Have a total organizational budget of $150,000 or less
- Are located and doing work in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina
The Foundation does not fund direct services, social services, or special events.
The deadline to submit grants is October 15th.
Proposals and all attachments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., on the deadline date to be considered for funding.
The Fund for Southern Communities limits funding to once per 12 month period and for no more than three (3) times total, per organization. When special targeted funds are available, groups may be eligible for more than three (3) cycles of grants. FSC should not be considered a long-term funding source.
Estimated Size of Grant
The Fund for Southern Communities gives grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.
Proposals should be mailed to:
The Fund for Southern Communities
4153 - C Flat Shoals Parkway, Suite 314
Decatur, GA 30034
If you have any questions regarding eligibility, preparation of the application, or the funding process, please call 404-371-8404 or write the Fund at email@example.com.