Grassroots Exchange Fund (GXF) Grant
Common Counsel Foundation
Grant amount: Up to US $5,000
Next deadline: Jul 2, 2018
Later deadlines: Aug 6, 2018, Sep 3, 2018, Oct 1, 2018, Nov 5, 2018, Feb 4, 2019, Mar 4, 2019, Apr 1, 2019, May 6, 2019, Jun 3, 2019
Applicant type: Nonprofit Indigenous Group
Funding uses: Education / Outreach
Location of project: United States
Location of residency: Alameda County, CaliforniaView website Save Need help writing this grant?
Common Counsel’s Grassroots Exchange Fund is a rapid response small grants program designed to support networking and collaboration between grassroots social change and environmental justice organizations throughout the United States.
GXF prioritizes grants to small community-based groups seeking to meet face-to-face with other grassroots organizations, to build collaborative campaigns, and to benefit from technical assistance opportunities.
The program strives to meet three central goals:
- To strengthen the ability of community organizations to participate in public debates
- To strengthen key cross-region and cross-sector movements
- To contribute to collaborative policy victories in the realms of social, environmental and economic justice.
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- The Fund typically makes grants to grassroots community-based organizations working on social, racial, economic, and environmental justice initiatives that give voice to the needs of low-income people, women, youth, and people of color.
- Organizations are only eligible for one GXF grant annually.
- Grassroots Exchange Fund is currently accepting applications for organizations or exchanges based in Oakland, CA, only.
- Priority is given to:
- Organizations that most clearly demonstrate a membership-led community-organizing model that is working toward social, racial, economic or environmental policy change.
- Organizations based in and organizing in low- or moderate-income communities.
- Organizations that operate with a clear racial justice and intersectional framework.
- Organizations that have a strong group of leaders and board members that represent the community they serve and who are accountable to the community.
- Organizations that have strong leadership development programs for their members.
- Organizations that have a concrete plan to grow and to build more power by getting more people involved.
- Organizations that organize collective action of members to bring concerns to public officials and other decision-makers.
- Organizations that can demonstrate alliances with base-building organizations.
- Proposed exchanges or events that promote strategy development and skills transfer between organizations and leaders.
- Organizations working in “hard to fund” areas, including the southern US, the “rust belt” and Rocky Mountain States.
- Current or recent grant recipients of other Common Counsel member funds or the Akonadi Foundation.
- Small organizations that do not have access to large government, corporate or private funding sources, and for whom a small grant from GXF would make a significant impact.
- Applicants that have not received recent GXF funding (grants are typically not awarded for more than three consecutive years).
- Organizations that have IRS 501(c)3 tax exempt status or a fiscal sponsor who does.
- GXF generally does not fund the following:
- Organizations located outside of the United States;
- Direct social services;
- Government agencies and programs;
- Capital expenditure, endowments, construction or renovation programs;
- Scholarship funds or other aid to individuals;
- Schools and educational institutions, cultural institutions, or medical institutions;
- Film, video, publications or other media projects;
- Grantmaking institutions;
- Research or fellowships.
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