Muste Institute’s Social Justice Fund to Support Grassroots Activist Projects from around the World

Deadline: 14 October 2019

The A.J. Muste Memorial Institute has announced a Social Justice Fund to support grassroots activist projects in the US and around the world, giving priority to those with small budgets and little access to more mainstream funding sources.

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They are especially interested in funding efforts to:

  • end the violence of borders and the criminalization of immigrants
  • abolish the death penalty, shut down the prison industrial complex, redefine criminal justice
  • confront institutionalized repression against racial, ethnic, gender-based, and LGBTQ communities
  • support progressive workers movements and the eradication of poverty
  • dismantle the war machine, end state sponsored terrorism, expose the dangers of nuclear power

Priority Areas

The Social Justice Fund’s priority is to support:

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  • direct grassroots activism and organizing
  • groups with diverse, representative and democratic leadership structures
  • groups that have or can obtain enough economic and in-kind support to carry out their regular work, but need additional support to carry out a project or build capacity

Eligibility Criteria

They seek proposals:

  • for projects with expense budgets under $50,000
  • from grassroots organizations with annual income of less than $500,000
  • from groups with limited access to more mainstream funding sources
  • from groups which have not received Social Justice Fund grants in at least two years
  • from groups with or without 501(c)3 status or a fiscal sponsor: the Social Justice Fund only requires a fiscal sponsor if the group receiving the grant does not have its own bank account. If applicants cannot receive a grant check made out to the name of applicants organization, applicants will need a fiscal sponsor. They cannot issue checks to individuals.

How to Apply

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Applicants can apply via given website.

For more information, please visit https://ajmuste.org/programs#sjf

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