Hubert E. Sapp Regular Grant Cycle

Southern Partners Fund

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Predicted deadline: May 19, 2024 2:00pm PDT

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Social Justice / Human Rights Immigrant Services Education System Policy & Reform Voting & Elections Environmental Justice & Advocacy Youth Development & Leadership Affordable Housing Health Policy & Advocacy Criminal Justice System Reform Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia (US state), Kentucky Show all

Location of residency: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia (US state), Kentucky Show all

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The mission of Southern Partners Fund (SPF) is to serve rural Southeastern communities and organizations seeking social, economic and environmental justice by providing them with financial resources, technical assistance, training and access to systems of information and power. There are two central ideas embraced in the democratic philanthropy of Southern Partners Fund: compassion and community. Compassion implies an understanding or concern for community members lacking local political power to impact the decisions that affect their lives. Community relates to the things that bring us and hold us together.


The Purpose of SPF Grantmaking is to:

  • Develop and nurture grassroots community-based leaders and organizers.
  • Build the capacity of rural, grassroots community organizing groups and leaders.
  • Strengthen rural communities and people.
  • Develop equitable peer relationships, which support real transformation toward a just society.

Hubert E. Sapp Regular Grants Cycle

SPF’s grantee partners are transforming their communities by building sustainable organizations aimed at reversing the inequities of the rural South. They are learning not to focus on the symptoms of inequities, but on the root cause; racist and anti immigrant mindsets of small-town mayors and city council members. SPF’s grantees are tackling social and economic systems that for them have been rooted in persistent poverty and lack of resources, compounded by poorly performing schools.

We are proud to partner with extraordinary community organizations and coalitions through our regular grants cycle, assisting them to build capacity and power. We believe general operating support is best for building capacity, particularly for small to midsize community-based organizations in the rural South.

In 2013, SPF’s board adopted its Southern Organizing Strategy, focusing 60% of grant funds on three special initiatives:

  • Voter Rights & Engagement
  • Immigration Rights
  • Education Reform

In 2019, under the banner of “revolutionary change,” SPF’s board decided to integrate census and redistricting work into the ongoing major initiatives above as each was directly impacted by the Census and Redistricting process that laid ahead. Though there are still pending redistricting lawsuits in many of our southeastern states, for 2022, SPF is back to its original SOS strategy, with at least 60% of regular grant cycle funds going to Voter Rights & Engagement, Immigration Rights, and Education Reform.

The remaining 40% of grants will continue to fund:

  • Environmental Justice
  • Healthcare Reform
  • Women & Girls' Leadership
  • Economic Justice
  • Incarceration Reform
  • Youth Leadership
  • Housing Reform
  • LGBTQ Rights
  • Disability Rights

During this cycle SPF will not consider grants to organizations with operating budgets over $350,000 for general operating support. If the budget is over $350,000 an organization may apply for project support.

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This page was last reviewed May 05, 2023 and last updated May 05, 2023