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

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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. Please contact Karen Toering at karen@socialjusticefund.org or (206) 624-4081 x106 or Bana Abera (bana@socialjusticefund.org or (206) 624-4081 x124) with questions and/or to talk about your eligibility–especially if this is your first time applying to Social Justice Fund, we’d love to talk with you!  

Economic Justice (Deadline: Wed., October 16, 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. Please contact Melody Martinez (melody@socialjusticefund.org or (206) 624-4081 x117) or Rebecca Allen (rebecca@socialjusticefund.org or (206) 624-4081 x113) with questions and/or to talk about your eligibility–especially if this is your first time applying to Social Justice Fund, we’d love to talk with you!  

Seed Grants (Deadline: monthly, rolling) – one time grant. Small general operating grants to support new and emerging groups that are developing their community organizing work but might not yet meet all the qualifications for SJF’s Giving Project grants. Please contact Magan Do (magan@socialjusticefund.org or (206) 624-4081 x107) with questions and/or to talk about your eligibility–especially if this is your first time applying to Social Justice Fund, we’d love to talk with you! 

Rapid Response (Deadline: monthly, rolling) Small project specific grants of $2,000 to help grassroots organizations using a community organizing approach to respond quickly to the changing political climate with actions and/or strategies that could not have been anticipated. lease contact Magan Do (magan@socialjusticefund.org or (206) 624-4081 x107) with questions and/or to talk about your eligibility–especially if this is your first time applying to Social Justice Fund, we’d love to talk with you!  

These 2019 deadlines have passed, but RFPs are here for reference:

Rural and Small Town Organizing (Deadline: Wed., Feb. 27, 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 Rebecca Allen at rebecca@socialjusticefund.org or (206) 624-4081 x113 with questions and/or to talk about your eligibility–especially if this is your first time applying to Social Justice Fund, we’d love to talk with you!  

Momentum: Civic Engagement and Strengthening Democracy (Deadline: Wed., March 13,  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. Please contact Magan Do at magan@socialjusticefund.org or (206) 624-4081 x107 with questions and/or to talk about your eligibility–especially if this is your first time applying to Social Justice Fund, we’d love to talk with you!  

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. Please contact Karen Toering (karen@socialjusticefund.org or (206) 624-4081 x106) with questions and/or to talk about your eligibility–especially if this is your first time applying to Social Justice Fund, we’d love to talk with you!