Urgent Response Grants

Haymarket People's Fund

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Grant amount: Up to US $1,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island Expand all

Location of residency: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island Expand all

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Haymarket People's Fund is an anti-racist and multi-cultural foundation committed to strengthening the movement for social justice in New England. Through grant making, fundraising and capacity building we support grassroots organizations that address the root causes of injustice. Haymarket also organizes to increase sustainable community philanthropy throughout the region.

Haymarket envisions a world free of racism and other oppressions:

  • Where peace and cooperation flourish.
  • Where people are valued and respected for their gifts and able to bring their whole selves to humanity.
  • Where vibrant communities thrive and different cultures are celebrated.
  • Where abundant resources and opportunities are equally shared and distributed while honoring the earth and all within it.

We believe that our society needs changing and that social movements create change. We fund groups working to transform their communities and the institutions around them. Since 1974, Haymarket has been behind the scenes, providing money to almost every community struggle in New England. We're in it for the long haul. Organizers from around New England actively involved in their own communities serve on our Board of Directors and on our New England Funding Panel which is our grant decision making body.

Haymarket does more than give money away. We work in partnership with community groups to strengthen the movements for social change and to increase community philanthropy around the region. 

Urgent Response Grants

Grants of up to $1,000/year to help grassroots, social change organizations respond quickly to unforeseen crises or opportunities that critically affect your organization and constituency. This includes unexpected events, political crises, or organizing opportunities

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


  • You do not have to have 501(c)3 tax exempt status from the IRS or a fiscal sponsor in order to get a grant from Haymarket.
  • You can apply if your work falls within what the IRS defines as charitable or educational tax exempt activities.


  • Grants are NOT to be used for ongoing program work (including expenses the organization should have anticipated), for financial crises or a shortfall in projected funding, or because the group missed a funding deadline.
  • What We Do Not Fund
    •  Groups primarily providing direct services that focus on meeting people's basic needs or that focus primarily on individual empowerment or self-help. Social service organizations can apply for a project-specific organizing grant if it fits Haymarket's criteria.
    • Publications, reports, workshops, classes, conferences, media events, arts or theater productions unless they are part of an ongoing community organizing effort or are accountable to social change movements.
    • Groups based outside of New England (unless they have a strong base in New England which holds them accountable) or work focused outside of New England.
    • Legal or research expenses unless they are part of an overall organizing strategy.
    • Capital campaigns or endowment drives.
    •  Individuals or individual projects (such as graduate research, fellowships or scholarships).
    • Projects sponsored by a government agency.
      • For example, Haymarket would not fund a project led by a school district.
      • We would, however, consider funding a project led by parents and students working to hold a school accountable for inequitable treatment of children of color.
    • Organizations with budgets over $300,000.
    • Small businesses, alternative businesses or business associations.
    •  Other foundations.
  •  IRS regulations prohibit us from funding the following:
    • Electoral work that promotes specific candidates.
    • Union organizing work, unless it is a campaign involving and benefitting the wider community (including non-union members).
    • Civil disobedience or other actions that involve breaking the law.