Jessie Smith Noyes Grants (except Sustainable New York City)

Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation


Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $45,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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Overview:

The Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation is a diverse and inclusive organization working for a more equitable society. We consistently challenge structural racism, gender inequality, and discrimination based on ethnicity, race, religion, age, sexual orientation, economic status, physical ability, gender, immigration and immigration status.  We seek to open channels of opportunities for those who are systemically denied.

We support democratic and inclusive grassroots organizations and movements of affected communities that:

  • work statewide or within a state, or on tribal lands
  • engage in community organizing and advocacy
  • connect local concerns with broader, systemic issue

We also support regional and national collaborations and networks, and on occasion, technical assistance groups that help to build the capacity of grassroots organizations. 

Additionally, we look for opportunities to support cross-issue and cross-movement work with the goal of building a broad, progressive social justice movement.  And we consider requests that address issues in both rural and urban communities.

Vision

We envision a socially just and environmentally sustainable society in which all people are able to gain the knowledge and build the power they need to exercise their rights and participate fully in the economic, social and political decisions that affect their lives and communities.

Values

The Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation is a diverse and inclusive organization working for a more equitable society. We consistently challenge structural racism, gender inequality, and discrimination based on ethnicity, race, religion, age, sexual orientation, economic status, physical ability, gender, immigration and immigration status.  We seek to open channels of opportunities for those who are systemically denied.

We believe that people, not corporations, have inalienable rights. The Foundation builds the power of people — those most impacted and those who have been marginalized — to be actively involved in advancing solutions to the problems they face.

We believe in an environmentally just earth in which all species have the right to co-exist.

Theory of Change

We understand that social change occurs over a period of time through a combination of strategies, forces and events - small and large, planned and unplanned.

We recognize the special role of diverse, inclusive and democratically controlled grassroots movements, predominately made up of those directly impacted. The people and organizations in social movements collectively develop a vision of and paths towards lasting change. They are the best advocates to build public support and community understanding.

We believe that grassroots movements are among the strongest forces in our society to hold public policy makers and private corporations accountable.

Funding Priorities

Environmental Justice

  • Advocate for public policies that will prevent and reduce toxic pollution and environmental degradation in low-income communities and communities of color and demand accountability from public agencies and officials and increased responsiveness to environmental justice concerns.
  • Develop and implement strategies for economic revitalization and environmental sustainability in communities suffering from environmental damage and the lack of economic opportunity.
  • Challenge the expansion of corporate power and rights and hold corporations accountable for their impact on the environment.

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

  • Advocate for public policies that advance sustainable farm and food systems and demand accountability from public agencies and officials and increased responsiveness to sustainable farming and food systems.
  • Increase community control over food systems to advance local food production, regional processing and distribution, just jobs, fair trade, and resource-efficient processes along the food value chain.
  • Counter the further corporate concentration of food production and the industrialization of agriculture.
  • Develop and implement a market place framework that includes the triple bottom line of economic, social and environmental indicators.

Reproductive Rights

  • Advocate for local, state and national policies that protect and expand the rights of all women and girls to access comprehensive reproductive health services and information.
  • Expand the reproductive rights agenda to include a wide range of reproductive health and justice issues, including but not limited to abortion, and place these issues within a broader social justice framework.
  • Broaden the base of reproductive justice activists at the state level to ensure that young people, low-income, people of color and immigrant communities are engaged in all levels of advocacy and leadership.

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

    Eligibility:

    • The Foundation makes grants to tax-exempt organizations with 501(c)(3) classifications from the Internal Revenue Service for work within the United States.
    • We seek out organizations led by people of color and/or working in low income communities.
    • We support efforts to develop the leadership skills of, and foster the participation by, low income people and people of color.
    • We make grants throughout the United States in both rural and urban communities.

    Preferences:

    • We prefer to make general support grants and do not limit the number of renewal grants.
      • We believe this helps organizations increase and sustain their effectiveness.
    • We encourage requests that address multiple priorities, as well as those that bring together organizations and activists from diverse movements.

    Ineligibility:

    • The Foundation:
      • will not consider requests for endowments, capital construction, general fundraising, deficit financing or loans or grants to individuals
      • does not make grants for scholarships or fellowships, except as part of the Foundation’s Everybody At The Table for Health (EAT4Health) Initiative
      • does not make grants for research or give support to conferences, seminars, media events, or workshops unless they are an integral part of a broader program
      • does not generally make grants for college and university based programs
      • does not provide support for the production and development of television and media programming
      • does not fund NARAL Pro-Choice America or Planned Parenthood affiliate


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