Announcing a special grant opportunity: The Fund 4 the Frontlines Base-Building Grant.
These grants of $250,000 ($50,000 a year for 5 years) will support base-building strategies across our region. The first round of 3-6 grants will be made in May 2020; please read this information carefully as it is quite different from our usual grantmaking process, including a nomination requirement.
We understand Base-Building as a community organizing tactic that grows the breadth and depth of people who share a vision for social justice, and who develop and execute the organizing strategies to make that vision a reality.
With strong base-building organizations as part of our ecosystem, our movements have more leadership and more power to change policies, transform culture, and build new models and institutions – and to defend and maintain those victories over time.
Because there is no one definition of base-building, we interviewed community organizers across the region and country to determine the markers of good base-building strategies. We asked them to pinpoint what made base-building different from other community organizing, share examples of good base-building, and explore potential regional, cultural, and constituent differences we may encounter. Through this process, we determined the following parameters for the Fund 4 the Frontlines Base-Building Grant.
We are looking for organizations that fit our community organizing framework AND are doing the following work:
Organizations must be nominated for this opportunity. See nomination information below.
Who is eligible for this grant:
Who can nominate an organization and how:
Grantees will be asked to attend an event in Seattle on Sunday, May 17 if possible.
After this initial round of grants we will ask for feedback, evaluate what we learned from the process, make any needed changes, and plan on a second round of Fund 4 the Frontline Base-Building grants in 2021.
At the end of 2016, in anticipation of our 40th anniversary, Social Justice Fund NW launched an ambitious major gifts campaign called Fund 4 the Frontlines. The goal was to raise $4 million over 3 years, to elevate our region to a new level of base-building, through both donor organizing and grantmaking, for the long-term strength and resilience of social justice movements in the Northwest.
In developing the plan for this campaign, we knew our grantees were already on the frontlines, fighting back against the emboldened far right, confronting racism and police violence, developing community solutions to climate change, supporting human rights for immigrants, and more. We see everyday that our grantees do so much with so little, and can do much more if we step up together. We recognized we had an opportunity to do that in a bigger way. We knew we wanted to make larger and longer-term investments than we’ve ever done before, so we decided that at least half of the funds raised would go directly into grantmaking. From listening to our grantees and from our own vantage point as a regional funder, we learned that our grantees already do incredible organizing but often lack the resources and capacity for base-building. We hope that these $250,000 grants, specifically for base-building strategies, will transform not just the organizations who receive them but the movement ecosystems around them. The rest of the funds from this campaign will be invested in Social Justice Fund’s internal capacity building efforts, to ensure that we build a base of donor organizers to fund our movements for the long haul.
As of January 2020, we’ve made enough progress toward our campaign goal that we’re ready to proceed with the first phase of grantmaking! In Spring 2020 we’ll launch the public phase of the campaign, inviting everyone to join us in reaching the finish line by the end of the year, and securing full funding for the second round of Base-Building grants in 2021.
For more information about this grant opportunity, contact Grantmaking Director Magan Do at magan[at]socialjusticefund.org / (206) 624-4081 x107.