Rapid Response Grant

Before beginning your application, please

  • Read the 2018 Grant Guidelines (this includes information about what we fund, how we make decisions, and our timelines for the year).
  • Download the Organizational Diversity Chart template.
  • If you are a fiscally sponsored organization, you will also need to get a document from your sponsor indicating the organization’s EIN # and confirming that they are serving as your fiscal sponsor for the purposes of this grant.

​Social Justice Fund NW (SJF) is a public membership foundation that supports organizations working for structural change, to improve the lives of people most affected by political, economic and social inequities.

Rapid Response Request Guidelines

The Rapid Response Grant will provide fast, small grants of $2,000 to help local communities respond and act quickly to the changing political climate, specifically urgent changes that could not have been anticipated.The Rapid Response fund will make grants to groups that:

  • Meet all of SJF’s basic eligibility requirements and community organizing criteria:
  • Be an organized group of people (we do not fund individuals).
    • This may include a non-profit organization with 501(c)3 or 501(c)4 status as determined by the IRS OR a federally recognized American Indian tribal government or agency OR an organization that is fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)3 or 501(c)4 organization or federally recognized tribal government.
    • Groups that are not 501(c)3 or c(4) organizations and are not fiscally sponsored can apply, but must speak with an SJF staff person first.
  • Are 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 on page 3 of our Grant Guidelines
  • Carry out most of their work in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and/or Wyoming.
  • Are facing an urgent issue or emergency situation that could not have been anticipated and was not part of the organization’s projected work, and therefore need to respond to something that could not have been planned for.
  • Have a plan for how they will respond to the urgent issue or emergency situation.
  • Have completed all past due year-end reports for any previous SJF grants.

Priority will be given to SJF grantees, groups led by people of color and/or groups that are outside of Seattle and Portland metro areas, groups that have not received a Rapid Response grant within the past 12 months, and groups who are working in coalition and partnership with other organizations.

Grant amount is $2,000. All Rapid Response grants are project restricted funds.

Eligible and non-eligible projects

Examples of potential eligible projects:

  • Emergency mobilizations and community meetings in response to a recent police shooting
  • Organizing a community defense response to a recently announced white supremacist rally and march
  • Planning a direct action at a corporate shareholder meeting that was just announced
  • Rapid response legal clinics and know your rights trainings in response to Executive Orders and other sudden policy changes
  • A rapid response canvassing effort to educate and connect with targeted community members about the dangers of a religious registry

We do not fund:

  • General operating requests from organizations that primarily provide direct services to individuals and families. Direct service organizations can apply for project-specific funds for projects that fit our definition of community organizing.
  • Environmental work unless it is aimed at achieving social justice goals (i.e. environmental justice). For example, SJF generally does not fund recycling or resource conservation projects, but we do fund community organizing projects addressing environmental threats that disproportionately harm communities of color or low-income communities.
  • Projects sponsored by a government agency. For example, SJF would not fund a project led by a public school district, but we might fund a project led by communities of color that partners with public schools to address the opportunity gap for students of color. The project must be community driven and led by those most directly affected by the problem.
  • Individuals, endowment funds or capital campaigns.

Examples of projects that would not be eligible for a Rapid Response grant:

  • An ongoing campaign facing a new development that could have been predicted as a scenario
  • Annual conferences, events, or operating expenses for ongoing organizing work.
  • A fundraising campaign for an individual
  • Budget shortfalls
  • Bail funds

30-Minute Q&A Sessions for Grantees:

Is your group interested in applying? Join a Q & A session to learn more about the applications and criteria. Each session will cover the same information with time for questions and answers.

  • Thurs, Feb 15 at 10:30am PT
  • Tues, March 13 at 4:00pm PT

To join one of the Online / Web Conference Calls for the Rapid Response & Seed Grant Application Q & A Session please RSVP HERE. After you RSVP, you’ll receive an email with the login/call in information.

Submission Guidelines

Make sure your application includes all of the following:

  1. 2018 Rapid Response Grant Application Cover Sheet
  2. Full responses to Narrative questions
  3. Organizational Diversity Chart
  4. Fiscal status letter/Attachment

You may submit your application online, by email or postal mail.

  • Online: Applications may be submitted through Social Justice Fund’s Online Grant Portal.  Please note you will need to create an account for your organization in order to submit your application.
  • Email: Include all attachments in a single email and address to grants@socialjusticefund.org.
  • Postal Mail: Social Justice Fund NW – GRANT APPLICATION 1904 Third Ave Suite 806 Seattle, WA 98101

If you have any questions, please call 206-624-4081 xt.107 to speak to Magan Do, Project Manager.

You can submit a Rapid Response grant application at any time. Please note that while the deadline is rolling, grants received by the 1st of each month will be reviewed on the 15th (or the next business day).  Applicants will be notified 4-6 weeks from the time you apply.