Needmor's Regional Grantmaking Program - Southeast and Southwest Cluster

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States
to Promote Social and Economic Justice

GrantWatch ID#: 177007
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Needmor Fund

01/06/17 11:59 PM

Request a Grant Writer

Grants to Alabama, Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Southern California, and Southern Texas nonprofit organizations for projects and programs that aim to change the social and economic conditions that prevent underserved citizens from participating in a democratic society.

The Needmor Fund seeks to:

- Remove systemic barriers to the practice of democracy by encouraging the efforts of people who are working together for justice and the common good;
- Encourage involvement in community affairs by people whose participation has been systematically denied; and
- Foster the active participation of all citizens in crafting a vision, values, and policies that are more equitable, to guide the operation of the USA.

The Needmor Fund has identified community organizing as the most effective means for achieving these goals. Community organizing is “a process through which historically disenfranchised people can build power, can address the systemic barriers to the practice of democracy, can hold public and corporate officials accountable for their actions, and can begin to participate in shaping public policy.”

The Needmor Fund seeks to support community organizing groups with the following characteristics:

- Organizes low and moderate-income people: recruits and engages members from historically disenfranchised communities.
- Membership-based and democratically run: dues paying members determine the agenda of the organization.
- Leadership development: develops and trains a cadre of strong grassroots leaders.
- Multi-issue: addresses issues of race, immigration, poverty, economic justice, and low-wage work.
- Engages in direct action: has a power analysis and clear plan for winning concrete victories that alter the relations of power in its community.
- Balances issue work with base building: effectively links issues to building organization and power.
- Builds power: has a larger vision to aggregate power, taking on bigger policy issues and expanding its base of allies to increase its impact over time.
- Well managed: has a financial and fundraising plan, engages in strategic planning, and has strong leadership and lively governance.

Additional Funding Criteria:

In relation to requests submitted for the Southeast and Southwest grantmaking cycle, Needmor has developed the following additional criteria:

Southeast Cluster Emphasis Southwest Cluster Emphasis:
- Countering race polarization and working across racial lines
- Organizing low-wage workers and immigrants
- Linking with organizations across state and region to build regional clout
- Building basic organizing infrastructure
- Challenging structural injustices and disenfranchisement

Southwest Cluster Emphasis:
- Organizing in rural areas and border regions
- Organizing low-wage workers and immigrants
- Labor-community linkages
- Faith community involvement
- Building community organizing infrastructure

The Needmor Fund provides grants in support of grassroots, membership-based community organizations that are democratically led, engaged in direct action campaigns and committed to leadership development.

The Fund's policy is to provide general operating support.

The Needmor Fund does not fund:

- Community development corporations
- Scholarships/fellowships
- Private businesses
- Training programs or direct services (e.g., counseling programs, medical services, etc.)
- Cultural enrichment programs
- Films, TV or radio productions.
- Books, publications, or research
- Conferences
- Capital improvements
- Litigation
- Projects outside the United States
- Government sponsored or controlled projects
- National organizations

Click here for more information about how to apply:

Please Note:

- Please do not submit video or audio materials with your application.
- Approximately six weeks after the deadline for submissions, you will receive an email from Needmor stating whether or not your organization will be considered for funding.
- Organizations approved for funding can expect grant funds to be available approximately six months after the application deadline.
- Funded organizations are eligible to apply for up to four consecutive years, after which they may not re-apply for at least two years.
- Continuing grantees have a slightly different application process. Needmor will provide you more detailed instructions prior to the deadline date.

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

Click here to apply online:

For more information, contact:

Cathie Slabaugh, Grants/Office Manager
Phone: 419-872-1490

Needmor Fund
539 East Front Street
Perrysburg, OH 43551

See the full text of this grant

USA: Alabama;   Arizona;   California;   Louisiana;   Mississippi;   New Mexico;   Texas

Live Chat with a Grant Specialist

Our team of researchers and grant specialists review hundreds of funding resources daily to make sure provides members with the most up-to-date grants.

We have grants for:


Need help?

Hi, I would love to guide you through the site.
Please feel free to call or write.

Customer Sales & Support (561) 249-4129