Pillars Fund Grant

Pillars Fund

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Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $50,000

Next anticipated deadline: Jul 20, 2019 9:59pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Jul 31, 2019 9:59pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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Note: Please note that the Intent to Reapply form is due on July 20, 2018, while the Letter of Inquiry for new applicants is due on July 31 .

Our Story

At Pillars, we treasure the right to stand with dignity in our convictions and the rights of others to hold beliefs different from our own. We strive to create a more just, vibrant society where diversity can thrive. Pillars invests in opportunities to elevate and amplify the leadership and talents of American Muslims in civil society. Through our funding programs, campaigns, and initiatives, we support a vibrant and growing nonprofit sector, which has been under immense pressure to protect and defend against imminent threats to the lives and livelihoods of American Muslims. Since 2010, Pillars has been committed to harnessing our collective resources to serve our own communities and contribute broadly to the world around us.


Pillars believes that strong leaders and institutions are key to creating a world where American Muslims can live and thrive with dignity. Through our competitive grantmaking process, Pillars invests in some of our country’s most important civic organizations working in and alongside American Muslim communities. Since 2010, Pillars has invested more than $2 million in challenging religious and racial discrimination, creating space for us to tell our own stories, and protecting and expanding the rights of all people.

What We Fund

Pillars offers a unique opportunity for individual donors to collaborate with philanthropic institutions, learn about social movements, and explore different ways to create a world where everyone can live with dignity. At its core, Pillars is a network of individual donors from across the United States who believe in the power of collaborative giving. Since 2010, Pillars has grown its network of individual donors to over 25 families who donate a minimum of $25,000 each year through Pillars.


We support social and policy change efforts that allow American Muslims to live and thrive with dignity and that protect and expand the human and civil rights of us all.


We support the growth and nurturing of whole, healthy American Muslim communities that are equipped to serve those nearest to them and society at-large.


We support a range of approaches to amplify American Muslim voices, create a deeper understanding of American Muslims and American society, and encourage people to learn more and take action.

Leadership & Institutions

We recognize that leadership development and strong institutions are key to advancing rights, nurturing wellness, and expanding understanding. In addition to investing in those key areas, we invest in individual leaders and institutions to strengthen the American Muslim civic engagement community as a whole.

Learn more about these funding priorities here.

Grant Amounts

Typical Pillars grants range from $10,000 to $50,000. Final awards amounts will depend on a range of factors, including the project or organization need, available funds, etc.

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


  • Pillars generally awards grants to nonprofit organizations based in the US working in or closely alongside Muslim communities in the United States.
  • Prospective grantees must have 501(c)(3) status or a fiscal agent with 501(c)(3) status. 


  • While we do not fund the building or maintenance of mosques, religious centers, or schools, Pillars grants may be used to support programs based in those institutions.