Apply For a Grant
Basic Eligibility Requirements:
To be eligible for any Social Justice Fund grant program, an organization must:
- Be an organized group of people (we do not fund individuals).
- o 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.
- o 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 our 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.
If you have not received a Social Justice Fund grant before, please fill out this brief pre-application questionnaire before you begin your application.
How to Apply for a Grant:
- Read the Social Justice Fund Grant Guidelines and Grant Instructions. This provides information about our grantmaking process, criterias, and timelines, and includes some new policies and changes.
- Optional: Read the SJF Granting Criteria (used by our volunteer grantmakers to help guide their screening process). Read through those materials carefully and then if you have any questions about these grant criteria, please do not hesitate to contact us.
- Log in to our Online Grant Portal. (If you have never used it before, you will need to register your organization first. Note: You can only register one email per organization. To change the e-mail address associated with your account, please contact email@example.com.)
- Select the appropriate grant cycle and begin your application. You can apply for multiple grants per year, as long as you meet the eligibility criteria for each grant.
- If you have applied through this online portal before, you will be able to log into your previous application and make changes to it for a new grant cycle, or you can click "copy/rollover an application" to revise a previous draft.
- Late applications will not be accepted. Applications may be submitted online (preferred) or by email, postal mail, or hand delivery.
- Please note - grant awards are around $10,000/year (exact amounts vary depending on the total raised by the Giving Project that is funding the grant cycle). We have an annual funding cap of $30,000 per organization per year. Organizations can still apply for two-year grants even if they already reached the funding cap in the year that will be the first year of funding. In this scenario, the organization would only receive funding for the second year of the grant if they were selected for a grant. For questions about this, please contact Yasmeen Perez, SJF Program Director.
- If you have trouble with the online portal, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions about the grant application process, contact email@example.com or (206) 624-4081.
2017 Grants & Application Deadlines
All grants are for general operating funds. Applicants for all grants must meet our basic eligibility criteria.
- Building Grassroots Power Grant: Leadership Development (February 2nd, 2017 11:59pm PST) -- One-year grant. Building strong leaders for the movement is key to achieving social change. This grant will support organizations that intentionally build leaders through their organizing work and use leadership development as part of a larger movement strategy. Leadership development can look a variety of ways, including structured programs to more integrated models that incorporate leadership development in all aspects of the work. In your application we invite you to tell us how you define/achieve Leadership Development in your work. Only organizations that develop the leadership of those most directly impacted by the issues they work on and whose leadership development work has a clear connection to how they make structural change will be considered. This grant is open to organizations working across all types of issue areas. For more information, please contact Project Managers: Rebecca Allen & Dianne Riley
- Momentum: Native Led Organizing (Deadline February 22nd, 2017 11:59pm PST) -- One-year grant. In this time of increased need and demands on Native led organizations as momentum grows around the fight for Native survival and sovereignty, we are excited to offer this new Momentum grant to provide funding to Native led organizations and projects that are advancing solutions and strategies led by and for Indigenous communities. This includes, but is not limited to, Native sovereignty, environmental justice, decolonization, racial and economic justice, Native rights in urban contexts, climate justice, etc. Please read the full description of this grant before applying. For more information, please contact Project Manager: Yasmeen Perez
- Environmental Justice (February 15th, 2017 11:59pm PST) -- Two-year grant. The Environmental Justice grant will support equitable access to a clean and healthy environment, 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, climate resilience, etc. For more information, please contact Project Manager: Karen Toering
- Immigration Justice (Deadline August 23rd, 2017 11:59pm PST) Two-year grant. This grant will support organizations working for immigrant rights and racial justice in this new era of increasing anti-immigrant legislation, xenophobic and Islamophobic hate crimes, surveillance, detention, mass deportation, and threats of a Muslim registry. This grant seeks to support organizations working to end systemic discrimination, criminalization and harassment of immigrant and refugee communities to build a future that values human dignity and respect for all. For more information, please contact Project Manager: Karen Toering
- Economic Justice (Deadline September 13th, 2017 11:59pm PST) -- Two-year grant. As the racial wealth divide deepens, it is critical to support work that addresses the root causes of structural and economic inequities faced by low-income communities, workers, and families. This grant will fund organizations who use an intersectional lens of race, class, and gender and use community-led solutions to create thriving and economically just communities. For more information, please contact Project Manager: Magan Do
- Seed Grant (rolling deadline; applications reviewed bi-monthly) - One-year grant. The Seed grant is intended to provide small grants for new groups that are developing their community organizing work but do not yet meet all of SJF’s eligibility criteria for our standard grant cycle. Grants will be awarded in amounts up to $2,000. For more information, please contact Project Manager: Yasmeen Perez
- Rapid Response (rolling deadline; applications reviewed bi-monthly) - One-year grant. The Rapid Response Grant offers fast, small grants of up to $2,000 to help local communities respond and act quickly to issues that could not be anticipated. The grant is intended to help build responsive infrastructure in a changing political climate and support adaptive actions and/or strategies to address injustice. For more information, please contact Project Manager: Rebecca Allen
Other Funding Opportunities
A list of other funders who have funded our grantees in the past (last updated Summer 2011): other funding opportunities.