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Grants to Pennsylvania and New Jersey Nonprofits in Eligible
Counties for Community Organizing, Activism, and Emerging Issues

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Bread and Roses Community Fund

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Grants of $5,000 to Pennsylvania and New Jersey nonprofit organizations in eligible counties for community organizing, activism, and emerging issues. Funding is intended for organizations that have long term goals related to social justice. Applicants must be based in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Camden counties

The Future Fund provides grants to groups that are working on emerging issues or developing new approaches to social justice activism or community organizing. These groups may employ one or more effective strategies, such as cultural work, media advocacy, and political education.

Bread & Roses makes grants to organizations that have a long-term vision for social justice and engage in strategies that promote sustainable social change, including:

  • A focus on community organizing and activism (not social service, self-help, or educational programs)
  • A clear understanding of the root causes of the problem or issue that they are working to resolve
  • A vision that emphasizes changing the systems that create or perpetuate the problem or issue being addressed
  • A strategy that includes building a local base for taking collective action by the community affected by the problem or issue and results in concrete outcomes at the neighborhood, city, state or national level
  • Leadership that is primarily composed of people most affected by the problem or issue that is being addressed

The Future Fund makes grants to groups that:

  • Meet all basic eligibility criteria
  • Are new or emerging groups or organizations that are new to Bread & Roses
  • Are focusing on developing their capacity and skills to build a local base and take collective action against the problem being addressed
  • Are led by people most affected by injustice, and focus on building broad membership and leadership bases that can survive when key leaders step down
  • Understand power and can talk about how they are trying to challenge power imbalances within their organizations and in their communities as well as between community members and policymakers
  • Are less likely to be funded by more traditional funders, because of their commitment to challenging power and prioritizing the leadership of marginalized people; therefore, a grant from Bread & Roses would be critical to seeding or sustaining their work

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GrantWatch ID#: 183865

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations must meet all of the following basic requirements to be eligible for a grant from Bread & Roses:
- Must be located in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Camden counties
- Must be designated by the IRS as a 501(c)3 organization or have a fiscal sponsor that is designated by the IRS as a 501(c)3 organization or have documentation of a pending 501(c)3 application with the IRS
- Must be current with all progress reports from previously awarded Bread & Roses grants
- Must submit a complete application prior to the deadline (because of the volume of applications we receive, no exceptions can be made)
- Must be using community organizing to create sustainable social change

Bread & Roses does not make grants for:
- Direct service work/social services, self-help/empowerment programs, educational programs, or advocacy
- Research
- Schools
- Capital campaigns or building projects
- Scholarships, fellowships, or grants to individuals (except through the Lax Scholarship Fund)

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is May 5, 2021.

Groups cannot receive grants from both the Future Fund and the Racial & Economic Justice Fund during the same year.

Organizations can apply for a grant in every fund for which they are eligible. Organizations can receive up to $50,000 total in grants from Bread & Roses within a 12-month period.

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

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Bread & Roses Community Fund
100 S. Broad Street, Suite 1600
Philadelphia, PA 19102
tel. 215.731.1107 | fax 215.731.0453

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USA: New Jersey: Camden County;   Pennsylvania: Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties

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