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Grant opportunities to support rural and small town organizing, civic engagement, leadership development, economic, and criminal justice

Social Justice Fund NW provides essential resources to organizations in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming to strengthen grassroots efforts in the broad-based movement for progressive, systemic social change.
We have five exciting grant opportunities coming up for 2019. Please help spread the word to organizations that fit our funding criteria and visit our website for more detailed information on how to apply for grants. The grant portal will be open on Jan. 2, 2019, to begin applications. 

Prospective Grantee Webinar:

Thurs., Jan. 24, 2-3pm PT
Tues., June 11, 4-5pm PT

Email Magan Do to register:

Rural and Small Town Organizing (Deadline: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 5pm PT) – Two-year grant. Social Justice Fund NW’s grantmaking region is made up primarily of small towns, reservations, and rural communities, but much of the resources go to the major urban centers of Seattle and Portland. This grant will focus on supporting community organizing that is building power in the rest of our region, outside of Seattle and Portland. This grant is for any work being done in ANY cities outside of Seattle and Portland, with priority given to organizations in rural, small town, and reservation communities. Please contact us if you have questions regarding your eligibility.

Momentum: Civic Engagement and Strengthening Democracy (Deadline: Wed., March 6,  2019, 5pm PT) – One-year grant. Political processes and practices actively build barriers and keep historically marginalized people from engaging in the political process. This grant will focus on supporting community organizing that is working toward eliminating those roadblocks and helping to realize the promises of democracy through, but not limited to, voting rights, voter registration and mobilization, training grassroots candidates for political office, increasing representation of diverse communities, or working towards a fair and accurate census count.

Leaderfull Movements (Deadline: Wed., April 3, 2019, 5pm PT) – Two-year grant. Building strong leaders for the movement is key to achieving social change. Leadership development can look a variety of ways, including structured programs to models that incorporate leadership development in all aspects of the work. This grant will support organizations and groups who 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.

Economic Justice (Deadline: Wed., July 10, 2019, 5pm PT) – Two-year grant. As the racial wealth gap grows, it is necessary to support work that addresses the structural problems that face low-income communities, families, and workers. This grant funds organizations and groups that work at the intersection of race, class, and gender to develop solutions that produce thriving and economically just communities.

Criminal Justice (Deadline: Wed., Sept. 18, 2019, 5pm PT) — Two-year grant. This grant will support organizing work addressing the systemic criminalization and disproportionate targeting of people of color and poor people. Criminal Justice issues include, but are not limited to, ending racial profiling and police brutality, addressing racial inequities in drug laws, ending the school-to-prison pipeline, detention, and deportation of immigrant communities, transformative justice, and alternatives to incarceration.