Grassroots Exchange Fund (GXF) Grant

Common Counsel Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $5,000

Next deadline: Nov 4, 2019

Later deadlines: Feb 3, 2020, Mar 2, 2020, Apr 6, 2020, May 4, 2020, Jun 1, 2020, Jul 1, 2020, Aug 5, 2020, Sep 2, 2020, Oct 7, 2020

Applicant type: Nonprofit Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



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

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • 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.
  • We will accept applications from groups that are not previous recipients of other Common Counsel funds, from organizations based in other parts of the United States, and from organizations that have received GXF funding for two or more years, but we will give preference to applications that meet the priority areas below.


  • 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.
    • 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 does not provide funds for events that have already occurred. 
  • 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.