Our Grantees

We see our grantees as our partners in the broader movements that we are building together. Below, you’ll find information on what kind of work we support and a list of the organizations we have the honor to work with, whose activism and organizing inspire us, and whose courage is changing the world.

If you are an organization seeking funding, please view our Grant-Seeker Fact Sheet for an overview of our funding opportunities.

 

What We Support

In everything we do, we seek to support organizations that are:

  • Collaborative and have an intersectional analysis on the relationship between economics, racism, climate, gender and sexual orientation.
  • Working for systemic change through an understanding of the deep causes of social symptoms.
  • Building power in communities and using that power to create change.

More specifically, we understand movement organizations to be those who engage in a variety of activities, including:

  • Organizing and Base-building
  • Direct Action and Protest
  • Leadership Development
  • Training and Capacity Building
  • Alliance Building and Convenings

Our goal is to direct more resources to these organizations, understanding that social change requires a complex interplay of forces, including policy change, the transformation of ideas, and the cultivation of popular power.

Movement R&D Fund

for Movement Innovation

Our Pooled Giving process is one of the ways we take collective action as a community. Through this fund, we support Movement R&D: the upstart, innovative experiments in movement-building. Silicon Valley knows that breakthroughs emerge when there is space to be creative and try new things, and thus, by pooling our resources, we provide risk capital for leaders on the ground striving to create social change. Click on the links below to learn more about our grantees.


2018

This year we are testing a new process that we hope will save valuable time for movement leaders and help narrow the applicant pool for our review committee. The application process will start with a brief eligibility survey for everyone who is interested in applying for a grant. The survey is intended to allow greater opportunity to those whose work most aligns with the Movement R&D grant criteria and priorities. Potential applicants may complete the survey between July 23 – August 8, 2018. Click here to view the eligibility survey.

After completing the survey, groups that are eligible will receive the request for proposal and an invitation to submit an application on August 9, 2018. Applications will be accepted from August 9 – September 10, 2018.

 

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE APPLICATION PROCESS? Read our FAQ section here!

 

KEY DATES

JULY 10:  Movement leaders and public are notified of upcoming application period
JULY 20 – AUG 8:  Applicants complete short pre-application eligibility survey that will be posted online
AUG 9:  Request For Proposals (RFP) is sent to those invited to apply
SEPT 10:  RFP closes
SEPT 10 – NOV 16:  Proposals reviewed
NOV 27:  Selection of final slate of grantees
DEC 10:  Funds disbursed to grantees

 

If you have any questions, please reach out to our Program Director, Janis, at janis@solidairenetwork.org. If you would like to be added to our mailing list to receive updates on this cycle, please email info@solidairenetwork.org.

Movement R&D Basic Eligibility Criteria

Focused on Organizing for Change
Must be rooted in, emerging from, or in direct relationship to organizing efforts – i.e. building leaders and people power in pursuit of transformative structural change.

Leadership from Marginalized Communities
Must include the leadership of communities most impacted by injustice, including but not limited to: people of color, Indigenous peoples, migrants, Muslims, low income people, women, youth, queer, trans, or gender nonconforming people, and people with disabilities.

Bold New Ideas or Experiments
The Movement R&D Fund seeks to support new attempts to explore solutions or problems that face movements – which could come from either existing or new organizations, leaders, or projects. The Movement R&D Grant is not intended to support the general operations of organizations.

Wide Impact
Projects should have an eye towards movement-wide impact. This could mean projects are potentially replicable and the learnings will be shared, or it could mean that the project is an attempt to organize at a massive scale. We are looking for big potential to advance entire fields of work.

Has Not Received a Movement R&D Grant in the Last Two Years
Only applicants who have not received a grant from the Movement R&D Fund in the last two years will be considered.

2018 Movement R&D Fund Priorities

Immigrant Justice
We affirm the urgent needs currently facing immigrant communities around the nation. We see the current levels of mass criminalization, detention and deportation of migrants as being part of a long history of xenophobia and racialized immigration policy and practice in the United States. The Movement R&D Fund seeks proposals that reflect innovative, bold and experimental immigrant justice organizing that is working to resist the root causes of migrant criminalization.

Justice for Muslim Communities
We know that Muslim communities face ever-increasing violent and normalized structural and institutional Islamophobia that includes mass surveillance, the Muslim Ban, hate crimes, the carceral state, and the erosion of civil and human rights. The Movement R&D fund seeks proposals that foster innovative Muslim community power-building to resist state violence especially by those in the margins who push forward an intersectional lens in their work.

Black and Native Land Justice: Reclaiming Ties and Relationship to Land
It is critical for us to change the way our society envisions land, ownership, housing rights, and sanctuary. From unjust borders to rapid gentrification across U.S. cities to the promise of 40 acres and a mule to the stealing of Native land, our movements and lives are tied together by the basic human right to home, safety, community, and things that physically and spiritually tie us to place. As members of the family of living creatures on this earth, we also have the responsibility of caring for the land, providing a healthy home for all, and producing sustenance for ourselves. The Movement R&D Fund seeks proposals that aim to reclaim, repair, or reimagine our ties to land and boldly move the needle towards Native sovereignty, reparations, affordable housing, sanctuary, environmental justice, cooperatives, and community ownership of land.

Making Movements More Strategic and Imaginative
Every movement moment presents new challenges and learning opportunities. New and long-time organizers are adapting, experimenting, and thinking in new ways about how to organize, mobilize, and win. The Movement R&D Fund seeks proposals that show the potential to train and support leaders from across movements to expand their imaginations, strategize in new ways, and apply new organizing tactics to their work.

Rapid Response

for Movement Moments

Rapid Response funding is our most nimble way to fund opportunities that might otherwise not have access to resources because they are too new, too small, or too urgent. Sometimes these are crises or uprisings; at other times, they are creative ideas.

We have two vehicles for our Rapid Response work. The grantees below were funded through an informal process within our membership. Our Rapid Response process is member-led, and so the large majority of our requests are initiated directly by members. However, in special circumstances, Solidaire staff will post requests on behalf of organizations that are doing vital work in need of immediate assistance. If you’d like to be considered, please read our Rapid Response Criteria for Organizations.

In the wake of the 2016 election, we created a new vehicle in partnership with the Women Donors Network and Threshold Foundation to address the immediate threats that were presented to a wide range of communities: immigrants, women, Muslim and Arab-American communities, Black people, LGBTQ communities, and all people of color. The Emergent Fund provides a way for individuals at all levels to join us and contribute their money strategically in this critical moment. To learn more, make a donation, or submit a nomination visit: emergentfund.net.

Aligned Giving

for Movement Infrastructure
alignedgiving.org

Our Purpose

The Aligned Giving Strategy for the Movement for Black Lives is an attempt, initiated by Solidaire in partnership with other donors and philanthropists, to collectively create sustained support for the Movement for Black Lives. Over the next five years, we pledge to work in partnership with the movement to ensure that Black-led organizations working to build power in their communities have the financial resources they need to stand for justice and dignity for all. Learn more in our AGS Participant Brief.

We recently launched an Aligned Giving Portal where you can:

  • Read overviews of our four strategies, as well as our Inspired Giving option
  • View proposals, summaries, and contact information for organizations in the M4BL ecosystem
  • Access resources, recorded webinars, and testimonials
  • Set your intentions and manage your giving online!

We invite you to join us as a Solidaire member or campaign partner. This is an opportunity to be a part of history in the making!
Visit the Portal to get started: alignedgiving.org

Background

Why is investing in black-led organizing important?
Our nation is on the verge of significant transformation. For hundreds of years, we have been a society defined by race and class. At certain points – when large numbers of people have come together and put their lives on the line to demand change – we have made progress. But that progress has been slow. Today, we are on the edge of another great transition in the way we think about who we are, who deserves to flourish, and how we can ensure that every individual in our society lives in safety and dignity.

What is “Black-led organizing”? As DeAngelo Bester and Valery Jean put it, “Black organizing [is] the recruitment, consciousness-raising, skill-building and leadership development of Black people, conducted by Black people, in order to collectively challenge anti-Black racism and fight for civil, political, economic, gender, social and cultural rights.”1 The definition of black-led organizing indicates not only what population is being organized, but who is doing the organizing, crafting the purpose and issue campaigns, and starting and building the institutions.

There are many reasons that this field is important to invest in right now. The systematic violence and oppression – physical, cultural, legal and financial – suffered by Black people in America from the nation’s founding to the present day is extreme. Wealth, access to education, access to healthcare and jobs, all continue to be marred by severe racial disparities. And as many scholars and public intellectuals have noted, the systematic, legalized dehumanization of Black people in America, from slavery to Jim Crow to mass incarceration, is both the “original sin” of our republic, and a key pillar that upholds all of its oppressive functions. Tackling this oppression benefits not only Black people in America, but also all the other groups whose subjugation relies on tactics of dehumanization and marginalization. In addition, investing in black-led organizing plays a strategic role in that it enables us to challenge political strategies that have racialized government in the eyes of middle-class white America, which strategies have depressed support for everything from healthcare to minimum wage to environmental justice by suggesting that these actions constitute an “unfair” transfer of wealth to poor people of color. In short, this approach is carefully targeted, while also benefitting the interests of the range of groups and issues that we care passionately about.

We are also committed to supporting black-led organizing in recognition of the fact that philanthropy has played a role in perpetuating aspects of systemic racism.2 On this issue, dollars have not flowed in proportion to professed funder enthusiasm for the movement. We call on our community of donors to invest in reparations for historical divestment from communities of color, which has directly benefitted the sources from which we draw our wealth.

The Aligned Giving strategy focuses funding on the Movement for Black Lives, which has been challenging the ongoing role of racism in America, creating a national dialogue that we have not had in decades. This movement is deeply connected to other social movements, as it contains intersections with gender rights, economic inequality, education, immigration, and politics. In its short few years of existence, this vibrant social movement has transformed the American conversation about race, galvanized many thousands of participants, shifted political priorities, and impacted policy discussions at all levels of government. At this juncture, significant funding is required to sustain, mature, and grow the movement, and we invite you to join us in meeting this call.

1 Strengthening Black Organizing in the United States
2 We will be co-funding some research to show how much of private philanthropy is going to white-led organizations v black-led organizations.

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