Solidarity Fund for COVID-19 Organizing

Bread & Roses Community Fund

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Fields of work: Social Justice / Human Rights Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Camden County, New Jersey, Counties in Pennsylvania: Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County Show all

Location of residency: Camden County, New Jersey, Counties in Pennsylvania: Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Montgomery County Show all

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About this funder:

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Overview:

NOTE: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. All applications received by 9 a.m. on Monday each week with be reviewed that week.

The COVID-19 pandemic creates an unprecedented need for grassroots community organizing in the Philadelphia region at the same time that it creates incredible challenges to doing that work. 

The pandemic and its economic fallout are landing hardest on those communities already targeted by systems of oppression: people of color, poor people, immigrants, people with disabilities, incarcerated people, people experiencing homelessness, and other marginalized communities.

Preventing further tragedy requires community organizing for social, racial, and economic justice. Only through organizing can we work effectively for a just and humane response from governments, corporations, and other institutions. 

The groups that do this work mostly operate on shoestring budgets at the best of times. With the economic shutdown, many of their donors can’t give. Most are not eligible for the other philanthropic programs responding to this crisis. 

As the leading funder of grassroots community organizing for racial, social, and economic justice in the Philadelphia area, Bread & Roses launched an emergency response fund. The Solidarity Fund for COVID-19 Organizing supports vital community organizing in this time of crisis.

Apply for the Solidarity Fund for COVID-19 Organizing

The Solidarity Fund for COVID-19 Organizing is providing emergency grants of up to $10,000 to grassroots community organizing groups.

For all groups applying to the Solidarity Fund for COVID-19 Organizing, their strategy for change should rely on community organizing, and the work they are doing must be directly related to or impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

What can the grant money be used for?

For new or existing groups launching organizing campaigns related to COVID-19, examples of activities may include:

  • training community members to respond to the crisis, including digital literacy skills
  • providing political education to members of your community
  • emergency outreach and education (webinars, social media campaigns, storytelling projects)
  • organizing for safe workplaces
  • organizing to demand that institutions like jails, prisons, and detention centers keep people safe and healthy
  • organizing for paid sick leave
  • organizing for wage increases and hazard pay for people providing essential services
  • organizing to address the digital divide
  • organizing for specific legislative action

For established grassroots community organizing groups that need funding to be able to keep organizing and need resources to build their capacity to organize virtually and/or need to replace lost revenue due to the COVID-19 crisis, examples of activities or needs may include:

  • creating or upgrading digital infrastructure
  • emergency funds to maintain organizational operations due to revenue loss
  • creating sick leave funds and establishing improved sick leave policies for staff
  • preserving medical coverage for staff and covering medical expenses
  • resource mobilizing, mutual aid projects, emergency income assistance, and eviction prevention
  • community-centered healing projects

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

Eligibility:

  • To be eligible for a grant from the Solidarity Fund for COVID-19 Organizing, groups need to:
    • Be located in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Camden counties
    • Be designated as a 501(c)3 organization by the IRS, have a fiscal sponsor that is designated as a 501(c)3 organization, OR be an association or group whose work meets the definition of charitable purposes as defined by the IRS. See question below that starts “Our group formed in the last few months…” for definitions.
    • Be using community organizing to create sustainable social change

Preferences:

  • Priority will go to:
    • new or existing groups that are launching organizing campaigns around issues directly related to the COVID-19 crisis (these groups do not need to have 501(c)3 status or a fiscal sponsor)
    • established grassroots community organizing groups that need funding to be able to keep organizing, need resources to organize virtually, and/or need to replace lost revenue due to the COVID-19 crisis (these groups must have 501(c)3 status or a fiscal sponsor). 

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This page was last reviewed August 17, 2020 and last updated May 11, 2020