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SJFN: Eradicating Anti-Blackness & COVID-19 Recovery grant

Social Justice Fund Northwest

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Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Grant amount: US $30,000

Fields of work: Violence Prevention Affordable Housing Native American Services Indigenous Health Systems Sexuality & LGBTQ Rights Indigenous Sovereignty & Rights Economic Rights & Justice Workers’ Rights Civic Engagement & Education Racial / Ethnic Justice & Rights Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming

Location of residency: United States

Exclusive to minorities: Yes

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NOTE: If you have not applied to or received a previous Social Justice Fund Grant, please schedule a call with us before you start your application.

Eradicating Anti-Blackness & COVID-19 Recovery grant

In the past four months, COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter uprising have exposed even more plainly the many places where society is failing Black, Indigenous and other people of color. The pandemic has been especially catastrophic for trans folks, people with disabilities, low-income and essential workers, and people living in areas with less access to life-saving resources, many of whom have risen up to fill these gaps with their limited resources. With the effects of COVID-19 setting in, grassroots organizers are thinking and planning beyond this moment to address the long-term impacts on their communities.

Social Justice Fund is offering this grant to move necessary financial resources to organizers addressing the short-term impacts of COVID-19 and planning for the long haul. We are excited to fund organizations that serve Black, Indigenous, Pacific Islander folks, and other communities who do not typically receive as much funding from philanthropy as others. It is especially important for us to support organizations that are not just working against the current system but also imagining and building a new world that centers the joy, safety, and success of historically marginalized people.

Addressing the short and long-term impacts of COVID-19 could include:

  • Mobilizing against prisons and the criminalization of BIPOC.
  • Working to end anti-Black violence, ending surveillance of communities.
  • Organizing led by Black trans women.
  • Creating cooperative economics systems.
  • Organizing for health systems & health care.
  • Building food sovereignty, establishing land trusts, collective housing.
  • Teaching and learning decolonized medical practices.
  • Building up civic engagement in Black, Indigenous, and POC communities.
  • Renters rights.
  • Supporting worker’s rights and worker organizing.

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


  • To be eligible for any Social Justice Fund NW grant, an organization or project must:
    • Be an organized group of people (we do not fund individuals).
    • If your organization is a nonprofit with 501(c)3 or 501(c)4 status as determined by the IRS, or be a federally recognized American Indian tribal government or agency OR is fiscally sponsored by 501(c)3 or 501(c)4 organizations or by federally recognized tribal governments, you can apply.
      • If your organization is not incorporated or fiscally sponsored, you can still apply, but you must speak with SJF program staff first.
    • Use a community organizing approach.
    • Be led by people who are most directly affected by the problems that the organization or project is addressing.
    • Carry out most of its work in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and/or Wyoming.
    • Satisfy evaluation requirements for any previous Social Justice Fund grants.


  • We generally do not fund the following:
    • Individuals, endowment funds or capital campaigns.
    • General operating requests from organizations that primarily provide direct services to individuals and families. Direct service organizations can apply for project-specific funds for projects that fit our definition of community organizing.
    • Publications, reports, workshops, classes, conferences, media events, arts, theater productions, research, or litigation efforts unless they are part of an ongoing community organizing effort.
    • Environmental work unless it is aimed at achieving social justice goals (i.e. environmental justice). For example, SJF generally does not fund recycling or resource conservation projects, but we do fund community organizing projects addressing environmental threats that disproportionately harm communities of color or low-income communities.
    • Projects sponsored by a government agency. For example, SJF would not fund a project led by a public school district, but we might fund a project led by communities of color that partners with public schools to address the opportunity gap for students of color. The project must be community driven and led by those most directly affected by the problem.


This page was last reviewed August 20, 2020 and last updated July 21, 2020