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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.

Begin your application at our Grant Portal.

How to Apply for a Grant:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 techsupport@socialjusticefund.org.)  
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Late applications will not be accepted. Applications may be submitted online (preferred) or by email,  postal mail, or hand delivery.
  7. 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 no longer have an annual funding cap.  For questions about this, please contact Yasmeen Perez, SJF Program Director.
  8. If you have trouble with the online portal, contact techsupport@socialjusticefund.org. If you have any questions about the grant application process, contact grants@socialjusticefund.org or (206) 624-4081.

2018 Grants & Application Deadlines

All grants are for general operating funds. Applicants for all grants must meet our basic eligibility criteria.  

  • Criminal Justice Grant (February 1st, 2018 5:00pm PST) Two-year grant of $10,000 per year. This grant will support community organizing work that addresses the intersections of race, class, gender, and other systems of oppression in the systems that criminalize low-income communities and communities of color. Examples of this work could include organizing that addresses racial profiling and police brutality, homeless encampment sweeps and criminalization of survival needs, immigration detention and deportation, the school-to-prison-pipeline, youth incarceration, etc. We invite proposals from organizations that are led and directed by those most impacted by the criminal justice system, and who are working for systemic change. For more information please contact Project Manager: Rebecca Allen
     
  • Coalitions & Alliances Grant (The deadline has been updated to February 13th, 2018 5:00pm PST) --  One-year grant of up to $20K. Building strong coalitions to win policy change, shift the political landscape, and build strong cross sectoral progressive movements is key to achieving social change. This grant will support coalition strategies that prioritize leadership and representation from grassroots community organizing groups that are led and directed by the people most impacted by the issues they work on. Coalition work can look a variety of ways, including ongoing sustained coalition organizations with structured membership, shorter term tactical alliances formed in the face of intense opposition, and other models. In your application we invite you to tell us the strategy behind your coalition efforts, and why it’s especially strategic in this current political moment to form this type of united front. Only coalitions that have demonstrated leadership and accountability to the communities most directly impacted by the issues they work on and whose work has a clear focus on making systemic change will be considered. This grant is open to coalitions and alliances working across all types of issue areas. The instructions for this application are unique - please read them thoroughly. Please keep in mind that there is a portion of the application (Attachment B) intended to be written by a coalition member organization that meets our basic eligibility criteria. For more information, please contact Project Manager: Magan Do​
     
  • Environmental Justice Grant (August 23rd, 2018 5:00pm PST) -- Two-year grant of $10,000 per year. The Environmental Justice grant will support organizing work that aims to achieve equitable access to a clean and healthy environment for frontline communities most impacted by environmental racism, climate change, and environmental injustice, 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, just transition and climate resilience work, etc.  For more information, please contact Project Manager: Magan Do
     
  • Gender Justice (Deadline September 6, 2018 at 5:00pm PST) -- Two-year grant of $10,000/per year. This grant will focus on community organizing at the intersection of gender, race, and sexuality, which works for a world where all people -- especially women, girls, transgender and gender non-conforming people -- are able to identify and express their gender and sexual orientation without fear, discrimination or harm, and have the economic, social, and political power and resources to make healthy decisions for themselves, their families and their communities in all areas of their lives. For more information, please contact Project Manager: Melody Martinez
     
  • Black Led Organizing Grant (Deadline September 13th, 2018 at 5:00pm PST)  Two-year grant of $10,000/per year. This grant will support community organizing led by and for Black communities and communities of African descent who are working to end anti-Black racism and discrimination, support and invest in Black leadership, and sustain movements for Black liberation to achieve a world where Black lives are no longer systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. This grant will therefore fund and help sustain the momentum of groups who are organizing to build power for Black communities and improve the quality of Black life in the Northwest. To be eligible groups must meet all other SJF eligibility criteria, have at least 51% Black leadership on their Board, steering committee, or other leadership body and must be explicitly working to effect systemic change. For more information, please contact Project Manager: Karen Toering
     
  • Rapid Response Grants (Open Feb-Nov 2018)- The Rapid Response Grant provides fast, small grants of $2,000 to help local communities respond and act quickly to emergency and urgent situations connected to the changing political climate with actions and/or strategies that could not have been anticipated. You can submit an application at any time. The application deadline is rolling but we encourage you to turn in your application by the 1st of the month. The grantmaking committee meets on the 15th of the month to review all applications received by the 1st of that month and award grants. You will be notified within 4-6 weeks from when you apply. For more information please contact Grant Manager, Magan Do.
  • Seed Grants (Open Feb-Nov 2018) - Seed Grants are small grants of $2,000 to support new and emerging groups (we define as 3 years old or younger) that are developing their community organizing work but might not yet meet all the qualifications for SJF’s standard grants. You can submit an application at any time. The application deadline is rolling but we encourage you to turn in your application by the 1st of the month. The grantmaking committee meets on the 15th of the month to review all applications received by the 1st of that month and award grants. You will be notified within 4-6 weeks from when you apply. For more information please contact Grant Manager, Magan Do.

Other Funding Opportunities

A list of other funders who have funded our grantees in the past (last updated Summer 2017): other funding opportunities.