Community Organizing Grants

Grants to USA, Territories, Haiti, and Mexico
Nonprofits for Social Equity Programs

GrantWatch ID#: 176939
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Peace Development Fund

02/01/17 5:00 PM PST

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Grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 to USA, Territories, Haiti, and Mexico nonprofit organizations for community-based, social equality and justice programs. Funding is ultimately intended to promote conflict resolution and respect for diversity among all different types of people, regardless of age, gender, race, etc.

Proposed projects and activities should address one or more of the following funding priorities:

1. Organizing to Shift Power:

- Groups that are creating a power base that can hold leaders accountable to the people who are affected by their decisions.
- Groups that let their membership or constituents take the lead in collective action-planning and decision-making.
- Groups whose leadership comes directly from the people who are most affected by the issues you are organizing around.

2. Working to Build a Movement:

- Groups that organize in the local community, but make connections between local issues and a broader need for systemic change.
- Groups that provide a space for members to develop their political analyses at the same time as taking action for change.
- Groups that break down barriers within the progressive movement by building strategic alliances between groups of different cultural or class backgrounds or different issue areas.
- Groups that explore the root causes of injustice and have a long-term vision for the kind of social change they are working for.

3. Dismantling Oppression:

- Groups and projects that are proactively engaged in a process of dismantling oppression, confronting privilege, and challenging institutional structures that perpetuate oppression (both internal and external to the organization).
- Groups that are proactively making connections between the different forms of oppression (racism, ageism, classism, ableism, etc.), and its connections with injustice.

4. Creating New Structures:

- Groups that have alternative organizational structures that allow power to flow “from the bottom up.”
- Efforts to create new, community-based alternative systems and structures (economic, political, cultural, religious, etc.) that are liberating, democratic, and environmentally sustainable and that promote healthy, sustainable communities.

5. Other Funding Priorities:

- New or emerging organizations, such as those dealing with gender, women’s health, and reproductive justice;
- Efforts that have difficulty securing funds from other sources;
- Groups based in the Midwest that receive little other foundation support;
- Groups that have a genesis in the Occupy movement; or
- Issues that are not yet recognized by progressive funders.

Grant Range: $2,500-$10,000

Average Grant Size: $5,000

PDF typically does not provide multi-year grants or commitments. PDF grants are one-time grants without any guarantee of renewal.

Currently PDF only funds organizations in the United States, USA Territories, Haiti, and Mexico through the Community Organizing Grants docket.

It is not necessary to have tax-exempt status to apply for a PDF grant. However, all funds provided by the Peace Development Fund must be used only to support activities that further the exempt purposes and activities of PDF, and grant recipients must submit reports to PDF as required by the grant contract.

PDF prefers not to go through fiscal sponsors – we would rather make checks out to your organization directly, even if your organization is not tax-exempt. If you have a fiscal sponsor that requires your grant money be received through them, or your organization does not cash checks on its own, please note this in your proposal. Having a fiscal sponsor will not penalize your group.

Funding is not available for:

- Programs with a primary geographic focus outside of the United States, USA Territories, Mexico, and Haiti. If an organization is USA-based but works mostly outside of these areas, it should consider filling out an LOI for a Donor Advised Fund grant, which are reviewed on a rolling basis.
- Social services that are not linked to a clear organizing strategy. (PDF does fund organizations whose organizing work has a social service component.)
- Individuals or organizations with strong leadership from only one individual.
- Conferences and other one-time events.
- Audio-visual productions and distribution - TV, radio, publications, films, etc. (PDF does fund media work or audio-visual production as part of the general expenses of groups engaged in grassroots organizing.)
- Research that is not directly linked to an organizing strategy. (PDF does fund research as part of the general expenses of groups engaged in grassroots organizing.)
- Academic institutions and scholarships.
- Other grantmaking organizations.
- Organizations with budgets larger than $250,000.

PDF’s next Community Organizing Grant cycle will open January 1, 2017 with proposals due February 1st. Decisions will be made by June 30th. If a group has received three, sequential Community Organizing Grants, they must wait at least two years before receiving another grant from this fund.

Application guidelines are attached below (see Supporting Documents section).

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

Applicants are required to complete the Application Form, available online or by contacting the Foundation's office, and emailing it to

If you need additional information or have any questions, please feel free to contact the Peace Development Fund at the above email address or by phone at: 413-256-8306.

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 40250
San Francisco, CA 94140-0250

West Coast office:
3221 22nd Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Phone: 415-642-0900
Fax: 415-642-8200

PDF Center for Peace and Justice:
44 N. Prospect Street
Amherst, MA 01004-1280

Phone: 413-256-8306


Paul Haible, Executive Director
Phone: 415-642-0900

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USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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