The Center Pole (Garryowen, MT) $10,000 – The Center Pole Foundation empowers Native American reservation youth through knowledge, experience and global awareness and trains them as agents of change; to promote the exchange of information ideas and understanding between Indian reservations and the mainstream; and to conduct projects to promote a just future for Native communities. This grant will support Crow Voices, a project promoting the preservation of Native culture, heritage and traditional values, freedom of speech, democracy, racial and economic equality and human rights.
Equality State Policy Center (Casper, WY) $10,000 – ESPC works through research, public education and advocacy to hold state and local governments accountable to the people they represent, and help Wyomingites participate effectively in public policymaking. This grant will support ESPC’s continued organizing in Torrington and Rock Springs, building a group on the Wind River Reservation, and organizing a new group in Rawlins.
Got Green (Seattle, WA) $10,000 – Got Green works to create opportunity pathways for low-income people and communities of color in Seattle/King County to gain equal access to the green movement and the green economy by cultivating leaders of all ages to educate, advocate, organize and build coalitions. This grant will provide general support for the Women in the Green Economy Project to launch an “Access to Healthy Foods” campaign led by low income women of color in SE Seattle and for the Energy Efficiency Equity “Triple E” campaign to organize low income renter families to win equal access to home weatherization services that lower their utility bills and improve environmental health in their homes.
Latinos Unidos Siempre (Salem, OR) $10,000 – LUS works towards the Educational, Cultural, and Political Development of Latino youth by empowering youth to take leadership roles in the community, advocating for social and political change and combat racist stereotypes and discrimination through grassroots organizing. This grant will provide general operating support.
LEAD Leadership Development (Seattle, WA)$10,000 – LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion), a program of The Defender Association’s Racial Disparity Project, is an innovative pre-booking diversion program which works with marginalized individuals involved in low-level drug offenses and prostitution to provide them with necessary services and keep them out of the criminal justice system. This grant will support the LEAD Leadership Development program, empowering LEAD participants to advocate on behalf of themselves and their communities.
NOWIA Unete Center for Farmworker Advocacy (Medford, OR) $10,000 – Unete is a movement of farm workers and immigrants that strives to empower and enrich their lives through education and advocacy, representation in issues that affect their lives and organiziang to defend immigrants’ rights. This grant will provide general support for organizing around equity in education for Latino youth and leadership development for Latino parents.
Rural Organizing Project (Scappoose, OR) $10,000 – ROP works to strengthen the skills, resources and vision of primary leadership in local, autonomous human dignity groups across the state with the goal of keeping such groups a vibrant source for a just democracy. This grant will support work with five communities to develop and run local “Welcoming Campaigns” – cross-cultural organizing campaigns in rural and small town communities to promote a “welcoming” environment for immigrants and demonstrate local leadership in embracing Oregon’s changing demographics.
Seattle Young People’s Project (Seattle, WA) $10,000 – SYPP is a youth-led, adult-supported social change organization that empowers youth (13-18) to express themselves and to take action on the issues that affect their lives. At SYPP, young people gain an anti-oppression analysis, learn grassroots community organizing skills, and take action for positive community change. This grant will provide general operating support in order to continue their two-pronged attack on the school-to-prison pipeline, as well as their ongoing youth-led movement building work.
Women of Color Alliance (Boise, ID) $10,000 – WOCA supports women of color throughout Idaho to address racial, economic and social oppression by education, training, building relationships with allies, and promoting self-representation. This grant will provide general operating support.
Youth Media Institute (Seattle, WA) $10,000 – YMI mobilizes youth of color to become powerful leaders and media advocates in their communities by using media technologies and digital arts to gain a deeper understanding of their histories and diverse cultures. This grant will support YMI’s new “Youth Out in the Community” program, which will allow youth to engage the community in creating digital stories and explore barriers for Seattle’s youth of color to higher education.