The Peace Development Fund (PDF) is inviting applications for 2021-2022 Community Organizing Grants Program – a highly competitive national grant opportunity for organizations that fulfill all the funding priorities.
Typical Grant Range: $2,500-$7,500
What they Fund?
- Organizing to Shift Power
- Working to Build a Movement
- Dismantling Oppression
- Creating New Structures
Note: The most competitive applications will deeply embody all of these funding priorities.
What they do not Fund?
- Programs with a primary geographic focus outside of 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.
- Organizations not directly engaged in community organizing.
- Social services that are not linked to a clear organizing strategy.
- Individuals, or organizations with strong leadership from only one individual.
- Conferences, trainings, and other one-time events.
- Audio-visual productions and distribution – TV, radio, publications, films, etc. (PDF does fund media work or audio-visual production as part of the general expenses of groups engaged in grassroots organizing).
- Research that is not directly linked to an organizing strategy (PDF does fund research as part of the general expenses of groups engaged in grassroots organizing).
- Academic institutions and scholarships.
- Other grantmaking organizations (unless they are your fiscal sponsor).
- Organizations with budgets larger than $250,000.
- Lobbying activities.
- Organizing in U.S. grassroots communities, with a focus on communities of color, poor and working-class;
- Opportunities for strategic intervention (i.e. Ferguson and Baltimore moments);
- Opportunities to impact new and strategic shifts (i.e. Occupy); and
- Opportunities to amplify the effects of in-the-moment issues (i.e. Hurricane Maria or #MeToo).
- The event or situation you are responding to was unanticipated and requires urgent action that is well thought out with clear goals and desired outcomes.
- They will prioritize organizations with budgets under $250,000 with limited access to philanthropic resources.
For more information, visit https://www.peacedevelopmentfund.org/grants-and-programs/community-organizing-grants-program/