Momentum Grants

Our Momentum grants are designed to be responsive to the "movement moment" that is happening at the time. We recognize that our grantees are organizing -- strengthening communities, training activists, building analysis, developing leaders, making change -- all the time. But sometimes, a spark catches. Circumstances come together so that there's new momentum and focused attention around a particular issue. Grassroots organizations that have already been working on that issue and that have the analysis, leadership, and infrastructure to be most effective have a special opportunity and challenge at that time. They have an opportunity to help fan a spark into a flame and turn a moment into a movement. The increased attention and dialogue may push policy change that they've been working on or talking about for a long time, bring in new members and supporters, or elevate the discussion in their communities. On the other hand, during "movement moments" these organizations are often asked to do even more than usual, to increase their visibility and be everywhere at once. 
Our Momentum grants will help grassroots organizations respond to those needs and opportunities.

2017 Momentum Grant: Native Led Organizing Grant (Application Deadline February 22nd, 2017 11:59pm PST) (one year grant): This summer and fall, the Indigenous struggle to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from transporting hydraulically “fracked” natural gas from the Bakken Oil Fields in North Dakota to the Gulf Coast, a pipeline that had been rerouted from a predominantly white border town, to a new route above the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation mobilized thousands of tribal leaders and supporters in peaceful protest and protection of sovereign land and water and defined a new political moment for Native led movements for social justice. 

For centuries Native Communities have organized against systemic anti-Native violence aimed at the erasure and genocide of Native peoples. Native organizations continue to be on the front lines of struggles for land sovereignty, tribal recognition, human rights, climate justice, and self-determination despite facing enormous odds against powerful forces such as large international corporations and Federal and State governments. SJF is proud to be a longtime funder of Native led organizing through all of our grant cycles. 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.
To be eligible groups must meet all other SJF eligibility criteria. We define Native led as the leadership body of an organization being over 50% Native/Indigenous identified. All of our grants are general operating funds; this is a one-year grant.
Proposals must be electronically submitted no later than 11:59pm on Feb 22nd. Social Justice Fund will not consider late applications. 

If you have any questions about this grant, or if you're not sure whether your organization's work qualifies, please contact Yasmeen Perez, or (206) 624-4081 x 103.  

Begin your application at our Grant Portal.