Peace Development Fund: Seeking Applications for 2018 Community Organizing Grants Program

Deadline: 12 January 2018

The Peace Development Fund is inviting applicants for its 2018 Community Organizing Grants program.

The Peace Development Fund makes grants to community based organizations working for social justice. It is committed to supporting organizations and projects that recognize that peace will never be sustained unless it is based on justice and an appreciation of both the diversity and unity of the human family.

Grant Information

The grant range lies from $2,500-$10,000 with an average of up to $5,000.

Funding Priorities

  • Organizing to Shift Power
    • Groups that are creating a power base that can hold leaders accountable to the people who are affected by their decisions.
    • Groups that let their membership or constituents take the lead in collective action-planning and decision-making.
    • Groups whose leadership comes directly from the people who are most affected by the issues you are organizing around.
  • Working to Build a Movement
    • Groups that organize in the local community, but make connections between local issues and a broader need for systemic change.
    • Groups that provide a space for members to develop their political analyses at the same time as taking action for change.
    • Groups that break down barriers within the progressive movement, by building strategic alliances between groups of different cultural or class backgrounds or different issue areas.
    • Groups that explore the root causes of injustice and have a long-term vision for the kind of social change they are working for.
  • Dismantling Oppression
    • Groups and projects that are proactively engaged in a process of dismantling oppression, confronting privilege, and challenging institutional structures that perpetuate oppression (both internal and external to the organization).
    • Groups that are proactively making connections between the different forms of oppression (racism, heterosexism, sexism, ageism, classism, ableism, etc.), and its connections with injustice.
  • Creating New Structures
    • Groups that have alternative organizational structures that allow power to flow “from the bottom up.”
    • Efforts to create new, community-based alternative systems and structures (economic, political, cultural, religious,) that are liberating, democratic, and environmentally sustainable and which promote healthy, sustainable communities.
  • Other Funding Priorities
    • New or emerging organizations such as those dealing with gender, women’s health and reproductive justice; efforts that have difficulty securing funds from other sources; groups based in the Midwest that receive little other foundation support; groups that have a genesis in the Occupy movement; or issues that are not yet recognized by progressive funders.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Programs with a primary geographic focus within the United States, U.S. Territories, Mexico and Haiti.
  • If an organization is U.S.-based but works mostly outside of these areas, it should consider filling out an LOI for a Donor Advised Fund grant, which are reviewed on a rolling basis.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit Peace Development Fund.

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