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GRANTMAKING:
RAPID RESPONSE

PERSPECTIVE STRATEGY

FUNDING URGENT NEEDS

OVERVIEW

Rapid Response funding is our most nimble way to fund time sensitive 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. At other times people on the front lines of social change require funds to move quickly to critical convenings, actions or approaches that will push the work forward. Our rapid response processes meets this need.  

Through rapid response giving, Solidaire members stay vigilantly prepared to trust movement leaders in real time to tell us what they need, and give directly to frontline work in the heat of movement moments. 

Our rapid response process is unique in that requests come to the Solidaire community (members and staff) and are posted to a listserv to garner support.

All submissions will be collected via this Submittable form. In order to submit a request, you will need to create an account with Submittable in order to submit your application. After you have created your account, the link will direct you to the application form.

The proposal includes the following short list of questions in order to gather the most relevant info to share with the Solidaire community:

  1. WHAT is the initiative or project, and what are its goals?
  2. HOW MUCH money do they need, and WHEN do they need it by? How much have they raised to date?
  3. WHY is the action important for us to fund – and why now? Make the case! What would this funding do that wouldn’t happen otherwise
  4. WHO are the organizers?
    What is their history in this work? If this is a new entity, what is their vision for the work? Who are their movement allies? Do they have any past or present relationship to the Solidaire community? 
  5. GROUP CONTACT: Name, email, phone number, social media handles.
  6. CONTRIBUTION INFORMATION
    • ONLINE donation link
    • CHECK payment information and mailing address
    • TAX ID / EIN:
      • Please indicate whether or not contributions are tax deductible facilitated by a 501c3/501c4 organization or fiscal sponsor.  
      • Please also let us know if you do not have a 501c3 or 501c4 designation.  

Responses to these questions should be no more than 750 – 900 words in total.

Rapid response requests are generally posted by Solidaire members to our listserv where other members can add their support to the ask. On average, each request stays posted to the list 1 – 5 weeks.

Each request falls generally between $1K – $50K, although there is not a strict limit. If it is an initiative of an organization, the overall organizational budget should generally be under $1M, and is usually much smaller.

While there is much important and worthwhile work happening across many movement ecosystems, Solidaire’s rapid response process seeks to support efforts that meet the following criteria:

  • Truly urgent needs: needs that must be met within days or weeks of the request
  • Work led by the most directly impacted people working on the front lines of social change  
  • Efforts that are organizing Black and Brown people and their allies at a variety of intersections 
  • Grassroots efforts that build leadership capacity and community power

PAST FUNDED RAPID RESPONSE REQUESTS:

  • Non-violent direct action needing support before, during, after
  • High-impact creative cultural or media intervention
  • An important gathering or conference being organized on a shoestring budget
  • Travel scholarships for a crucial gathering or action
  • A ballot initiative, get out the vote effort, candidate fight, or other C4 effort

To learn more about Solidaire’s take on the ethics and value of rapid response funding, check out the following article: Trust First to Act in Solidarity.

If you are interested in submitting an application, please apply here. In order to apply, you will need to create an account with Submittable to submit your application. After you have created your account, the link will direct you to the application. From there, you will be able to save drafts of your application until you are ready to submit the final version. The application is available on both mobile devices and desktop.


RAPID RESPONSE FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs):

What type of requests are eligible for a rapid response grant?

Solidaire’s rapid response process seeks to fund:

  • Truly urgent needs: needs that must be met within days or weeks of the request
  • Work led by the most directly impacted people working on the front lines of social change  
  • Efforts that are organizing Black and Brown people and their allies at a variety of intersections 
  • Grassroots efforts that build leadership capacity and community power

Do I have to have a 501C3 in order to be eligible for a rapid response grant?

No. Solidaire is able to provide grants to C3, C4, and other vehicles.

How much money is typically raised via a rapid response grant?

Each request falls generally between $1K – $50K, though there is not a strict limit. Generally, requests receive between $5,000 to $15,000 in support from the community. 

Upon submission, when will I hear if I have received a grant?

Our entire process generally runs about 6-7 weeks in total. Upon submission of the request, you will receive an initial confirmation of receipt email. Solidaire staff will follow up via email within 2 weeks to notify movement leaders whether their request has been approved or declined to be posted on the listserv to our members. From there on average, each request stays posted to the list 1-3 weeks. After a request has been closed, Solidaire staff will reach out with the final amount of the grant that has been raised. 

If after thoroughly reading the above information and submitting a request you then have additional questions, please email: [email protected].

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